Holiday Travel Tips
The time has nearly arrived to hit the highways, airports, and train stations to travel near and far for the holiday season. If you're anything like me and my friends, you'll be spending a decent portion of the next two weeks travelling back and forth to see as many of your loved ones as possible. With so many people hitting the roads this time of year, travelling can be a little more stressful than usual. To keep you calm, cool, and collected this year, here are my holiday travel tips.
Give Yourself Extra Time
With more people on the move, you'll want to leave yourself extra time to get through airport security or drive a familiar route home. Having extra time means you'll feel less stressed, and if you end up arriving early to your destination you'll have more time to celebrate the season with your loved ones.
Your suitcases might be heavier than usual with holiday gifts and treats filling them up. To make travelling during the holidays easier, it is more important then ever to pack lightly wherever you can. Really think about whether or not you're actually going to wear that third pair of shoes and try to leave behind the non-essentials.
Prepare for Delays
The reality is that delays on the highway or at the airport are likely to happen during the holidays but being prepared can help you face them with a more positive attitude. Pack snacks and activities to do in anticipation of an extra hour being added onto your trip. A great book that you can't wait to read can help pass extra time at the airport, a catalogue of podcasts pre-loaded on your iPhone will make you less grumpy about sitting in highway traffic, and an emergency chocolate bar or two can keep your spirits up.
Use Tech To Stay Informed
Downloading a traffic app like Waze, or a flight tracking app can help you keep on top of changing schedules. Staying informed and ahead of the curve also makes it easier for you to adjust your plans or your route according to the latest data.
Do Your Research
Knowledge is power as they say, and doing a bit of advance research can save you time and trouble in the long run. Figure out what the peak travel times are for your area and try to avoid them. Find convenient places to stop on a long drive and familiarize yourself with airline policies, particularly if you're travelling with fragile gifts or oversized luggage. A little research can go a long way when it finally comes time to leave.
Whether you're heading across the country or just trying to make it to the other end of town this holiday season, I hope these tips help you get there with a little less stress.