As if the holiday season wasn’t crazy enough, some folks choose to travel to see loved ones or as a getaway with the time off from work. Those who choose to literally go the extra mile for the holidays are true heroes because the holiday travel scene is crazy. Everyone could use a few tips to get the most out of holiday travel.
Consider Holiday Packages: The holiday season is competitive and some hotels and airlines offer great deals around this time.
Avoid Peak Travel Days: This may be unavoidable, but try to pick more flexible dates when you could get a cheaper flight or beat the crowds.
Early or Late Flights: People avoid red-eye flights which means less people to contend with and less chance of delays.
Leave for the Airport Early: You don’t want to be the person who is begging security to let you into the fast lane so you won’t miss your flight that leaves in 15 minutes. Showing up early can be boring, but it will cut down on your holiday stress.
Travel on Christmas Day: Most people travel the day before to be there on Christmas Day. If this isn’t a concern for you, travel on Christmas Day. You would be surprised how much difference a day makes.
Pack Light: With all the winter gear you may want to take, condense everything to a carry-on if you can. Carry-on only means no baggage fee and no chance of lost luggage.
If You Are Driving, have Alternate Routes Planned: Your GPS may send you on the most direct route, but sometimes taking the scenic route beats sitting in traffic for hours. Avoid peak times and try to find backroads.
Get Up Early: You would be shocked how getting up early can be one of the best things you can do to beat crowds. You may have to get up obscenely early, but grab a cup of coffee and hit the road to beat the holiday crowd.
Hopefully these tips will help you avoid the holiday craze and get to your destination with time to spare. Travelling can be fun, but it only takes one slip to make the experience one you will never forget – for all the wrong reasons!
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