When the Christmas holidays roll around many people need to travel from one location to another in order to be with family and friends or to enjoy a unique holiday in different surroundings. Whatever your reason for traveling during the holiday is, it can often prove to be very stressful. However, there are a few things that you can do make your traveling more enjoyable.
Tips for traveling during the Christmas holidays:
• Mail your gifts to the location you plan to visit and you won’t have the hassle of trying to carry them with you in the car or on the plane. If you do plan to fly with gifts, leave them unwrapped until you reach your destination. Otherwise, you may be required to un-wrap the gifts for inspection purposes.
• Leave extra space in your suitcases for the things that you’ll be receiving and need to bring back home with you. You always end up bringing home more than you took so prepare for this in advance and it will make the trip home less stressful.
• Keep an eye on the weather and continue to check the forecast for changes. This time of year can be unpredictable and no one wants to spend their Christmas holidays stuck at an airport or stranded along a snowy highway.
• If you know you’ll be driving in an area that has the potential for bad weather, make sure your vehicle is prepared. Your tires should be in good shape, keep it full of gas and make sure you have a well stocked survival kit and extra blankets with you.
• Get your reservations early to avoid having to settle for something you don’t really want because your favorite hotel was already booked. Call and confirm your reservations before leaving home to make sure everything is going as planned. Buying plan tickets in advance can also be less expensive.
• If you’re flexible with your travel plans you can save a lot of headaches by traveling on the slowest days of the week or on Christmas day. By choosing the slowest time of the season you’ll have more options whether you’re flying or driving to your destination. The airports and hotels will also be less crowded.
• If flying, travel as light as possible. This will help make getting through security easier and faster. If driving, fill your car up with gas and pack up everything the night before you plan to leave.
• Pack some snacks and activities to keep you and the kids busy and comfortable if you do run into delays.
• Expect delays and allow for them in advance. This will help you to stay relaxed and calm when something does happen and it will make your trip more enjoyable.
Christmas and New Years are considered the peak traveling times of the whole year. Millions of people will be flying and driving to different destinations to enjoy the holidays with the ones they love. You can make this stressful traveling time more relaxing and enjoyable when you plan ahead and use the tips above.