Get ready for another crazy season of holiday travel.

This might come as no surprise to you, but it is going to be a busy holiday travel season. But, like really busy. Whatever holiday travel horror story might be going through your mind, know that it pays to be prepared this year. In fact, things are going to be so crazy this Thanksgiving, that the TSA is warning travelers. Save yourself the stress of dealing with insane crowds and extensive airport lines by planning ahead. This means doing your research ahead of time when deciding which days to drive or fly back home.

Keep your sanity and bring the holiday cheer when you travel smart this year.

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If the TSA is saying it, then it must be true. The numbers speak for themselves. This year, an average of 25 million people are expected to take to the air and sky to get home for Thanksgiving. At an astonishing seven percent increase from last year’s already high numbers, you should expect nothing less in 2018. The 25 million people should travel between Friday, November 16 through Monday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving week.

For those flying through JFK Airport, make sure you arrive for your flight extremely early. This airport, in particular, is anticipating up to 100,000 travelers each day during the Thanksgiving travel week.

The TSA also notes that the Sunday following Thanksgiving is going to be one of the 10 busiest air travel days. This is due to the large influx of travelers all heading home after the holiday.

What can you do to plan for this torrent of travelers? The answer is simple: prepare. Coordinate your travel itinerary extensively and be sure to arrive extra early to all of your flights. If you are driving, keep your eyes on the traffic patterns to avoid potential congestion.

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Faith is a writer and social media manager residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is passionate about people and currently attends university in pursuit of a degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling. A nomad by nature, Faith finds utmost joy in trekking around the globe and strongly advocates backpacking as the best way to explore anywhere. Being a bookworm and an avid coffee drinker, she is likely to be found sipping an Americano and mulling over a classic novel.