There’s no place like a busy highway for the holidays. The worthwhile journey towards turkey and mashed potatoes can be long and arduous. AAA predicts that over 1.6 million more people will travel this holiday compared to last, making this the busiest Thanksgiving travel year since 2005. 

But don’t freak out! We’re here to help with a few holiday travel tips and coffee recommendations to get you through it.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

  • Planes: TSA projects that around 26.8 million people will travel by air this year (4.6% more than last year according to AAA). A little advice: Fly out earlier in the week. According to AAA, the Monday before Thanksgiving is the best option for travelers. Not only is it a lighter travel day, but it also has the lowest average ticket price prior to the holiday.
  • Trains: According to AAA, other travel modes (trains, buses, cruise ships) are slated to go up 1.4% from 2018. A little advice: Same rules apply as flights. Travel earlier in the week to avoid being on a packed train (because scattering your things over two seats on a train is one of life’s simple pleasures).
  • Automobiles: 49.3 million drivers are slated to hit the road this year (the most since 2005). Per usual, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest travel day on the road. Wednesday afternoon is thought to be especially bad, with trips slated to take four times longer than normal in major metro areas. A little advice: If you have to wait until Wednesday, try to leave in the morning. Even Wednesday morning more closely resembles normal traffic patterns compared to the afternoon rush. Also check out Google Maps Thanksgiving Travel Guide, which includes travel patterns for the day before Thanksgiving, broken out by major metro area.

Coffee to Get You Through It

Fun (and slightly bias) fact! La Colombe Draft Latte and Cold Brew makes an excellent perfect travel partner no matter the trip (no offense to whoever you’re traveling with, but I think they’d agree). Here are a few coffee beverages we recommend to keep you fueled on the long trip home:

  • For the long drive in bumper to bumper traffic: Our Triple Draft Latte contains 3 shots of espresso to keep you awake and aware during that long drive home. Pairs well with your favorite podcast or audiobook.
  • For catering to your plant-based snacking habit: Loading up on your favorite snacks is an easy fix to hunger on the road. Keep your caffeination plant-based with our Oatmilk Draft Latte. A dose plant-based deliciousness that contains caffeine the level of 1.5 cups of coffee.
  • For early morning flights: Getting through security is super hard when you’re still half asleep. Try sipping on our Single-Origin Cold Brew on your way to the airport. It’s smooth, all-natural, and most importantly contains the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee.
  • For rushing out of work Wednesday afternoon: Couldn’t leave early? Grab a can of our Nitro Cold Brew with Lemonade which is a perfect afternoon drink to perk you up for your post-work trip travel.
  • For that short train ride: You’re lucky and we’re jealous of you. Treat yourself while taking in three episodes of Great British Bake-Off and get in the holiday spirit with Peppermint Mocha Draft Latte.

La Colombe on the Road

On the road and in desperate need of coffee after 5 straight hours of mystery podcasts? La Colombe Draft Latte is available at Wawa, 7/11, and Sheetz. Find a store that sells La Colombe near you through our product locator.

For everyone flying out of our hometown Philadelphia, we have a few cafes in Philadelphia International Airport so you can get your coffee fix while waiting for your flight. Visit us in Concourse A, B, E. We are also available in a can at the CIBO Express locations. 

If you’re in the mood for free coffee (which everyone always is) share a photo or video of you traveling with La Colombe Cold Brew on Instagram using #HomeForTheHolidays to enter to win a month’s supply of free coffee. Happy travels!

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