Every American holiday has a corresponding movie that perfectly captures the mood of the holiday. When it comes to Thanksgiving, no other movie captures the pain of traveling for turkey day better than the blockbuster Planes, Trains, Automobiles. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, the John Hughes directed flick pokes fun at the frustration of trying to get home for Thanksgiving.
What the movie does not cover is why Thanksgiving is a good time to move.Less Traffic
Yes, the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year at airports and on U.S. highways. However, we are talking about moving on Thanksgiving Day. Besides trips to the grocery store to get more booze for dealing with distant relatives, you should not experience much traffic. In fact, outside of Christmas, no other American holiday opens the roads more than Thanksgiving.Reduced Costs
The demand for moving vehicles and supplies hits a low around the Thanksgiving holiday. This means movers and moving services companies are more likely to offer customers reduced rates. Moving across town can be expensive, which makes Thanksgiving the perfect day to move and save money at the same time. It is also a good day to find discounted moving supply packages.Extra Day to Move
You pick up the moving truck on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but you do not have to move until the next day. Since virtually every mover and moving services company will be closed on Thanksgiving, you get an extra day to move and not be charged for the extra day. Moving is a time sensitive project made easier by squeezing in an extra day to transport your stuff across town or across country.Cheap Air and Train Fares
If you plan to make a long-distance move and you will ship your stuff via one or more pods, then traveling to your new home by plane or train makes sense. Although traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is expensive, getting to your new home on Thanksgiving Day is a budget-friendly relocation idea.The Weather is Not Yet Frightful
Unless you live in Duluth, Minnesota or Bangor, Maine, chances are the weather in your neck of the woods will be mild enough to complete a move. Waiting to move a few weeks down the road is probably not a good idea.No Turkey
Why turkey remains the staple protein on the Thanksgiving dinner table is anybody’s guess. From dried out meat to stuffing that tastes like a discarded shoe, the feast we call Thanksgiving is actually one of the worst meals of the year. This is why every fast-food chain and local eatery remains open on turkey day.
If there is a downfall to moving on Thanksgiving, is that you probably will not be able to catch any of the three NFL games. That is, unless you make setting up the home entertainment system the first item on your relocation to do list.