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Passengers onboard an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, NC at San Diego International Airport on May 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. Air travel is down as estimated 94 percent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, causing U.S. airlines to take a major financial hit with losses of $350 million to $400 million a day and nearly half of major carriers airplanes are sitting idle. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

While Thanksgiving will definitely look different this year due to COVID-19, not everyone is ready to give up on holiday traditions, and that includes travel.

A new TripAdvisor survey finds:

  • 56% of Americans still plan to travel this Thanksgiving.
  • That number is down 14% from last year’s travel numbers.
  • Of those who are traveling, 36% plan to rely on their car to get them where they are going, while only 11% will take to the sky.
  • Rather than stay with family, 22% plan to stay in a hotel or vacation rental in order to practice social distancing.

When it comes to when they’ll travel:

  • Thanksgiving Day will be the busiest departure day, with 26% of folks on the road.
  • 43% of people plan to leave for Thanksgiving the weekend before.
  • 31% of travelers will return on November 27th, making it the busiest Thanksgiving return day.
  • When it comes to travel locations, Key Largo, Florida is the fastest recovering destination, up 71% from last year. Other recovering locations include:
    • Sedona, AZ
    • Key West, FL
    • Scottsdale, AZ
  • On the flipside, New York City is the slowest to recover, down 80% over last year, followed by:
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Los Angeles CA