Each year, Thanksgiving kicks off a season of celebration as the holidays typically bring together loved ones from across the nation. But as many Americans opt not to travel this holiday season, “home for the holidays” takes on a whole new meaning.

USA Today estimates that the average American will travel just 513 miles this Thanksgiving, a decrease of more than 50 percent from 2019. With fewer consumers packing their bags, Thanksgiving might get a bit more personal than years past.

Staying home for the holidays doesn’t mean Thanksgiving can’t be just as meaningful. On the contrary, the decrease in travel opens the door for many to tackle the big feast and recreate time-honored traditions in their own unique way.

For some, that may mean whipping up beloved holiday recipes “just like momma makes it.” For others, a smaller-scale Thanksgiving centerpiece, such as a bone-in breast or turkey breast roulade, may be in the cards (and, may we say, equally delicious).

Virtual gatherings may also see an uptick as loved ones, determined to celebrate together, find ways to connect despite travel limitations. If “Zoomsgiving” is more your speed, we’ve got just the game to share with your family and friends…or enjoy all by yourself.

Those opting to travel this season are encouraged to follow local health guidance and review food safety tips for traveling to keep loved ones safe. Whether that means smaller, spaced-out gatherings or self-isolating post travel, keep in mind that Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be limited to one day of the year. For us, it’s a whole season!

No matter what your celebrations look like, a little bit of advance planning can go a long way. We’ve outlined some tips and tricks to help the holidays go smoothly and curb any unexpected surprises along the way.

At the end of the day, it’s not about where you are, but who you’re sharing your delicious turkey with.