THANKSGIVING celebrations are looking different this year for millions of Americans, a majority of whom will see their family members in person for the first time in five months.
A recent survey of 2,000 people found that 63 percent of respondents are planning to see their extended family for the first time since states began to ease their coronavirus restrictions.
8 A majority of Americans will see their extended family in person for the first time in five months this Thanksgiving Credit: Getty – Contributor
The average American hasn’t seen their loved ones since the summer, according to the poll by Motel 6 and OnePoll.
But 59 percent plan to see their family virtually for turkey day.
Given the CDC’s warning to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving, a trip home for the holidays will be a lot more difficult and stressful for those going against the government’s advice.
Two-thirds of respondents believe that Thanksgiving travel will be harder than in years past, and 36 percent are “very concerned” about travel restrictions changing their plans.
Despite the commuting headaches, 81 percent said they’re willing to endure the stress for a chance to see their families.
8 A recent survey said that 63 percent of Americans plan to see their loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday Credit: Getty Images – Getty
8 The average American hasn’t seen their loved ones since the summer Credit: Getty Images – Getty
8 About 36 percent of respondents are worried about spreading the virus by attending an in-person Thanksgiving Credit: Getty – Contributor
As a result of the unpredictable travel situation, three-quarters of those surveyed said they’d rather drive than fly to visit family this year compared to years previous.
Although Americans are eager to see their families, they still want their space: 61 percent said they’d enjoy the quality time more if everyone wasn’t sleeping under the same roof.
Many are worried about spreading the virus as families figure out how to best manage visits during what’s expected to be a brutal second wave of the US outbreak.
Others are also taking into consideration the amount of household space – 44 percent said their family abodes may not have the room to host.
8 81 percent of respondents said any travel stress they experience is worth enduring to see their loved ones for the holiday Credit: Getty Images – Getty
8 76 percent of Americans said they’ll likely travel by car this year rather than by airplane Credit: Getty Images – Getty
8 Nearly half of those surveyed said they’ll be staying apart from their families to create new traditions with their kids Credit: Getty Images – Getty
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More than a third of people surveyed said they’ll stay a hotel or motel for the holiday season, with 43 percent saying that it’s easier to remain socially distanced when staying apart from their family.
But aside from the health benefits, 45 percent of respondents said keeping space meant less personal questions.
Close to half of Americans surveyed said another benefit of staying distant is the ability to create new traditions with their partner or their kids.
8 59 percent plan of respondents plan to see their family virtually for turkey day Credit: Getty Images – Getty