Updated: May 4
Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season. It’s a time to slow down, relax, and be grateful for all the year has brought to us. But what do you do when you are working over the holiday? The nature of the job for owner-operators often runs 24/7, and the kickoff to the holiday shopping season increases the workloads for many during Thanksgiving. However, you can still have an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday while out on the road.
You don’t have to miss out on a delicious feast while you are out on the road. Many restaurants will provide the favorite dishes that are traditional to this holiday. You can also recreate that warm community feeling of home by stopping into a local church. Traditionally, churches have provided a Thanksgiving meal to those in need, but many ministries are reaching out to provide a welcoming feast to those who are working or out on the road. Many of your favorite truck stops along the way will offer a Thanksgiving meal as well, and some stops will even offer it for free with proof of CDL license. If you have time to stop at a hotel, many will also be offering up a special holiday meal.
Higher demand has required many workers to spend their holidays in the office, at work, or on the road. However, there are plenty of ways to stay connected with loved ones. Arranging a time to call, Skype, or FaceTime with family members on Thanksgiving is a great way to be there remotely. You can even ask family members to set up the computer at the table so that you can jump in on the conversation, and see everyone passing around the helpings of turkey! Having this technology at our fingertips is something to truly be thankful for – it helps us virtually be with the people we love, even if commitment to the job takes precedence.
If you are into preparing your own meals, cook up something special! It doesn’t take much to make a quick Thanksgiving meal for yourself, as you can easily find instant mashed potatoes, cooked turkey breast or rotisserie chicken, and all the other sides you need at the grocery store. Even better, make a little extra and share your meal with other drivers that are stopped in the same area. You might make a new friend, and everyone will appreciate spending the holiday with someone rather than alone.
Finally, Transport for Christ is a mobile chapel community that has placed truck stop chapel locations all across North America if you wish for spiritual solace while on the road.
During this time of year, it’s important to make the most of what you have. No matter what your situation, there are plenty of ways to keep your holiday traditions alive even when away from home.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!