Traveling over Thanksgiving break

Marisa Hildebrand

Known as the busiest travel days of the entire year, Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 are posed to be chaos for travelers this year.

“USA Today” reported that 24.6 million people will fly between Nov. 21 and Dec. 2.

However, many Sacramento State students are avoiding the Thanksgiving travel congestion altogether because, as the university reported, less than 10 percent of Sac State undergraduate students reside outside the Bay Area and Foothills regions.

Matt Moon is a senior film student who is not traveling too far from the couch this Thanksgiving.

Despite living “a little too close” to both his and his wife’s families in Orangevale, Moon said he will be celebrating Thanksgiving solo this year.

“My wife is working–she’s a nurse,” Moon said, and both extended families are leaving town.

Though he usually hosts Thanksgiving at his home, Moon said taking a year off from the holiday isn’t too bad.

“Thanksgiving comes every year,” Moon smiled. “I’ll probably just stay home, drink beer and watch a movie.”

Junior communication studies major Nicole Rambo, like many students, has family relatively close to campus.

“I have the smallest family in the world,” Rambo laughed.

With her grandparents in Napa, mother close and sister in Sacramento, Rambo says Thanksgiving has never been a time to really travel.

Rambo is from Napa, about one hour’s drive away, and she plans to drive home Thanksgiving morning for a quick trip and come home late that night.

She said a perk about leaving at midnight is catching the Black Friday outlet shopping on the way home.

But not all students are lucky enough to have family right around the corner or an hour’s drive down I-80.

With scheduled classes on Nov. 26 and Dec. 1, those few Sac State students who are packing their bags to visit distant family have few other options than to travel on the busiest days of the year.

Nick Cerneka is a junior transfer student from Southern California majoring in communication studies.

Cerneka is one of the few Sac State students traveling via plane for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Though he bought his tickets one month in advance, he said the price was still steep.

“The airfare is actually three times more expensive than when I came down for orientation,” Carneka said.

He said he plans to get to the airport about two hours early for his 9 p.m. flight on the daunting Nov. 26 travel day.

But traveling is well worth it for Carneka, and he is most excited spend some quality time with his golden retriever on the beach.

While most students are lucky enough to avoid the Thanksgiving traffic jams altogether, others will face the chaos head on by commuting on the two busiest days of the year.