Traveling During the Holidays? Use These Tips For Happier Travel
More and more, people are traveling during the holidays…maybe it’s “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go”,or a Christmas cruise, or maybe it’s travel to one of the Christmas markets of Europe…whatever it is, travel during the holiday season can be packed with crowds, lines and stress.
When you consider that about 47 million people will be traveling for Thanksgiving alone, you can understand the need to be prepared so you can stay in the holiday spirit.
Be Prepared With These Holiday Travel Tips:
- Plan Ahead – Because so many will be hitting the roads and the friendly skies, planning early gives you time to..
- Choose flight times that work best for you
- Choose your preferred seating
- Don’t book your travel days at peak times – These are the days when most people want to travel…
- The day before and after the holiday
- Allow time for delays – Whether you’re flying or driving, “stuff” happens…traffic jams, bad weather, long security lines, delays happen…It’s better to allow a little extra time, so rather than to be panic stricken because you’re running late, you can relax and enjoy the journey.
- If your flying, you may want to consider booking your flights for one day earlier than originally planned, due to airline strikes. I know this seems a little far-fetched, but I just had it happen to a client of mine who found out the airline was on strike when they arrived at the airport.
- Avoid long lines at ticket counters – Check in and print your boarding passes at home, or easier yet, you can pull them up on your smartphone…they don’t call them “smart” for nothing, they are one of the best travel tools there is! (Make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave your home.)
- Don’t forget your earplugs or headset – They will come in handy on a plane next to a crying baby, in the car if the radio is tuned to your not-so-favorite kind of music, or if you have time in the airport for a little nap.
- Avoid the “hangries” – No matter how you’re traveling, being hungry is no way to travel. You’ll end up uncomfortable, irritated and frustrated, so be sure to pack some of your favorite snacks, or if you’re at the airport, once you’re through security you can pick up something to eat and drink at one of the shops on the concourse.
- Avoid bearing wrapped gifts – Not only will air travel with gifts add to your carry-ons and your checked luggage, but if you’re taking them on the plane with you, security may need you to unwrap them to make sure they fir the safety guidelines. It may be smarter to take gift cards, ship wrapped gifts ahead, or, if possible, shop once you have reached your destination.
- Make sure your car’s in shape – If you’re traveling by car, make sure your car is ready for the road, have tires, brakes, oil and other vital systems checked and in good working order.
- Keep your kids happy and full – You don’t want your child, or children, to be the crying noisy one on the plane (or in your car), make sure you have plenty of diversions for their tummy and for entertainment.
- Watch your luggage – As the recorded message in the airport reminds us, keep your luggage with you at all times…holidays are such a busy time of year, it would be easy,in the hustle and bustle of things, for someone to take it when you’re not looking.
- Don’t forget to breathe! – No matter what may go wrong, remember, “This too shall pass.”
One of the smartest things you can do for your holiday travel, is to talk to a travel agent to help you with your travel planning…there is so much they can advise and help you with…they know what to do and what to avoid.
Are you ready to start planning your trip? I am a seasoned traveler and travel agent… Contact me, together we can plan your travel.