AAA projects that approximately 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving — that’s a 4.8 percent increase over last year, and will be actually the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005.
All of those people on the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways mean one thing: long lines. Long lines of people trying to get to their families to spend as much quality time together as possible. I’ll be joining the long line club as we travel for a get-away every year with our family of five.
If you’re stuck in one of those long lines this holiday season, use that time to reflect on this past year. Take a deep breath, smile at the people around you and then take a moment to think about some of the things you’re grateful to have been a part of — at home and at work.
I feel grateful for so many things this year. I have a healthy family, wonderful friends and a career that I enjoy and offers me new opportunities. I could not have asked for a better year.
At work, this past year we’ve had quite a few changes — new last names (congratulations Hannah!), new team responsibilities (I’m now also publisher of Motorcycle & Powersports News) and many additional opportunities for our brand partners (Dealer Service, F&I special sections, video hosting and more).
And while there have been ups and downs this year, the holiday gives us a good reason to sit back and think of how we can show our appreciation for those around us.
One of our Dealer Panel columns recently asked dealers what are some of the most appreciated perks they offer their employees. Renee Durham mentioned they hand out grocery store gift cards at Thanksgiving to their employees. I love this idea! Something simple to do but valued by all.
Reaching out to help the less fortunate is also a wonderful way to honor your own prosperity. As I’m writing this, I received a press release from Hyundai Motor America announcing the company’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. In Orange County, CA, alone, the company will donate 3,000 turkeys to families in need. That’s awesome.
Look for ways to extend your gratitude to those around you and beyond. I think you’ll find you benefit just as much. Happy Thanksgiving!