November 28, 2013
Enjoy Thanksgiving but remember it took many to make it happen. As we post news on topics on sustainability and the energy nexuses it is important that today to consider, Thanksgiving is made possible by web of sectors that provide us access to food, water, safety, communication, transportation, energy and much more.
These primary activities and solutions occur under the surface of our daily lives and without fail operate to provide value to our lives. If you live on or off the grid you are supported by a complex supply chain that provides ongoing services daily like clockwork.
Consider, one element in this web. Millions are driving to visit family today. This is made possible by our grid, transportation, fuel centers, automotive industry and more, as well as and not to be forgotten the working men and women who serve. As we digest this element, consider the news from “AAA: 43.4 Million Americans to Travel for Thanksgiving, a Slight Decline from Last Year” is based on this dynamic complex system.
What happens today on this holiday is related to various factors that deliver the following:
- Thanksgiving travelers to total 43.4 million, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million who traveled last year
- Ninety percent of travelers or 38.9 million to travel by automobile, a decline of 1.6 percent
- Median spending expected to drop nearly seven percent to $465, compared to $498 last year.
- The Thanksgiving holiday is a less expensive holiday for travelers compared to other holidays. This year Labor Day spending was expected to be $804, Independence Day $749 and Memorial Day $659.
- Holiday air travel to decline 3.7 percent to 3.14 million travelers from 3.26 million in 2012
- Average distance traveled to increase to 601 miles from 588 miles.
- The Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be the busiest single day of travel with 37 percent of travelers departing for trips Nov. 27.
To note, on this day “approximately 90 percent of travelers or 38.9 million people plan to travel by automobile. This is a 1.6 percent decrease over the 39.5 million people who traveled by auto last year. Air travel is expected to decrease 3.7 percent as 3.14 million holiday travelers will take to the skies,” was reported by the Newsroom of AAA.
As we celebrate this day it is an opportunity to remember the complex supply chain and nexuses of worker, events and industries that provide our Happy Thanksgiving Day. We at LANDsds Sustainable Voice wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!