Today, some news that will not surprise you: Americans like New York City and Cancun. In an annual review of Thanksgiving travel plans by Allianz Global Assistance, the two cities once again topped the lists of domestic and international (respectively) destinations that will see U.S. visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday (defined as November 18-28).

Here’s the full list in each category, with results from 2016 and 2015 for context:

Where are Americans traveling for Thanksgiving in 2017?

Perhaps of more help is the insight into when all 4.5 million Americans (the total surveyed) will be flying to and from these destinations. According to Allianz, most Americans are planning to depart internationally on November 18 and domestically on November 21. Return flights are nearly evenly spread between November 25 and 26. Keep these dates (and this tip) in mind if you’re still booking Thanksgiving flights.

“Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful times of the year to travel given the high volume of travelers and the potential for delays. It’s important to consider travel insurance anytime you travel, but especially during Thanksgiving,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Given the number of travelers headed out of the country for Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember that travel insurance may provide coverage for medical emergencies and emergency medical transportation.”

Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.

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