In honor of Thanksgiving travel, Foursquare has posted an infographic on the company’s blog showing checkins related to travel in the United States by plane, train, and automobile, covering a period from Halloween until just after Christmas in 2010.
For airplane and train travel, data is pulled when someone checks in on Foursqure at two different airports or train stations in the same day. Automobile traffic, according to the graphic, is based on checkins on highways and roads, which sounds more ambiguous and harder to correlate specifically to travel, but it does show quite neatly the major interstates across the United States.
There’s also a timeline component showing the peaks and lulls of travel around Thanksgiving and Christmas, some of the busiest travel times of the year. The timeline shows a greater spike in travel right before Thanksgiving than before Christmas.
While the graphic doesn’t offer numbers of checkins or users, it appears that the highest number of people checking in are flying, though railway travel is consolidated to very specific parts of the country.
Graphic published with permission from Foursquare.