The holiday season is fast approaching, and while traveling to visit family and friends is always a treat, it can also be incredibly stressful. From flight delays, to extreme weather, plus the fact that pretty much everyone else in the world is traveling too, holiday travel can be a serious task. Rest assured that all the madness will be worth it once you get to your destination, and can enjoy the holiday season with your family. Take a look at our best holiday travel tips to make this year’s journey a breeze.
1. Travel On Off-Peak Days + Times
Certain days of the year are known to be incredibly busy at the airport due to the holiday rush. Most people have similar vacation dates, which translates to expensive fares and more travelers in the airport at once. A simple search for flights will show you which days are most expensive (and hence, more busy). Flying on off-peak days will keep more money in your pocket and help you steer clear offlight delays. As for flight times, the first and last flight of the day will typically be your best bet for saving time and money.
2. Pack Light (If Possible)
If you can avoid checking any bags, that’s the way to go. It may not be possible for some travelers, such as those bringing their skis for a ski trip, but if you can swing it, pack as light as possible so you only need a carry on. You won’t have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt, or worry about the airline losing your luggage. If you do end up checking a bag, make sure to pack a change of clothes in your carry on just in case!
3. Be Prepared
Whether you’re flying or driving, you never know what you may be in for. Bumper to bumper traffic or flight delays can leave you and your family stuck for hours. Make sure to pack healthy snacks, water, books, entertainment, and bring back up chargers for your electronics. Make copies of travel documents, know the travel rules if you’re flying or crossing a border, and get a car inspection before you hit the road. The more prepared you are, the smoother your journey will be.
4. Leave Early and Give Yourself Lots of Time
When it comes to travel (especially holiday travel), it’s always better to be early than to miss your flight or be stuck in traffic while family dinner is on the table. No matter how many times you’ve been to a certain airport or driven to your destination, give yourself ample time to get there this holiday season. If you end up having lots of extra time at the airport, read, listen to music and relax, knowing you’ll get to your holiday celebrations without panic.
5. Be Patient and Go with the Flow
The holidays are a notoriously busy travel time. Everyone is rushing to get to their destination to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Be patient with people who may be taking a long time at the check-in counter or airline attendants that are dealing with hundreds of other frazzled passengers. The more you’re able to go with the flow, the less stressful holiday travel will be.
Holiday travel doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use our holiday travel tips to make this year a travel success!