Holidays are a time of love and joy…and also of stress and travel. Use these 10 great tips to reduce the stress and make your holiday travel plans a smashing success!
1. Research, Research, Research
Make sure you always have a backup plan, incase your initial travel plans go awry or become to stressful. If you’re driving, make sure you have a number of alternate routes planned out and make sure to have your GPS charged and ready to go. If you plan on flying, make sure to check all airline restrictions and make sure you’re prepared to arrive well ahead of your flight times.
2. Stay On Top of Things
Invest in the latest travel apps to make sure everything is staying right on schedule. With these apps you can do helpful activities like check live gate-waiting times, check flight statuses and even check baggage information.
3. Pack Light
Odds are, you’re only going away for a few days or a week. Be realistic with your packing. Don’t pack things you won’t wear or need. Instead, stick to the essentials, and don’t be afraid to wear things twice!
4. Never Forget the Earplugs
Whether you’re flying or driving, earplugs can be a great way to get a few moments of silence in an otherwise chaotic environment. Block out the sound of crying babies, poor musical choices and everything in between.
5. Eat Ahead
This one might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised. Ever found yourself hangry and exposed in an airport line? Yeah. Me too. Make sure you eat ahead of your travel plans. If you’re looking at long wait times or layovers, bring along airline approved snacks and research accessible food courts and other dining options.
6. SHIP GIFTS AHEAD
There’s no sense packing in more than you can carry. Save time, stress and money by shipping gifts to destinations ahead of time. If you’re going to a resort or staying in a hotel, don’t be afraid to ship a package of gifts ahead, marking it to hold for your arrival.
7. Off-Peak Travel is Simpler Travel
You might think that flying out the day before the big holiday is a saving, but statistically that’s a horrible idea. The best days to travel are actually early the day-off, resulting in less traffic, lower wait times and an overall less stressful experience.
8. Pinpoint the Best Travel Times
It’s not just about picking what day to fly or drive. You also need to pick your times. If you’re driving to your holiday destination, try leaving in the wee hours of the morning to avoid traffic, wrecks and hold ups. If you’re flying, book the earliest flight possible, as earlier flights have a better “on time” rate and you will have the option of flying later if your flight is cancelled.
9. Expect the Unexpected
We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law. If it can go wrong, it probably will, so make sure you plan for all occasions. Leave extra driving time for traffic accidents, road blocks, inclement weather and general hold ups. Plan well ahead of your flights and make sure you’re arriving not on time, but early. Going to be driving in snow? Plan ahead and make sure your car is stocked with any emergency items you might need.
The overly friendly person next to you on the plane, the cancelled flights, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway? All of it will make for great stories over dinner when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much of a tradition as pumpkin pie and regifting.
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