If you are planning on traveling during the holidays, keep in mind that a majority of other people will be too. Whether you’re visiting family, going somewhere warmer, or taking a much-needed break, don’t let the hassle of holiday travel ruin your time. Here are some tips on traveling during the holiday season.
Avoid Peak Travel Dates
Everybody tends to travel on the same days during the holidays. The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are the worst days to travel because no matter what time you are leaving, you will hit the traffic of other travelers. Christmas also has its peak dates which this year will be the weekend before the 25th and the day after. The day before both holidays are usually the best times to travel and the cheapest.
Print At Home
If you print your boarding passes at home, there is no need to wait in a line. With the advancement in technology in airports, you can also have your boarding pass on your cell phone or get them at an airport kiosk. If you need to check-in any bags, use the skycaps at curbside instead of waiting in the long lines inside.
If you are only traveling for a couple of days, think about just taking a carry-on bag. You can avoid the lines and frustrations at the terminal. You may have to sacrifice packing extra clothes but you have more time and less hassle. You can also purchase items such as toothbrush and toothpaste at your destination instead of taking up unnecessary storage in your carry-on. It also gives you more flexibility if your flight is canceled, to be put on another one.
Whether you are driving to your holiday destination or flying, you can’t predict situations that could arise throughout the travel process. If traffic is poor or there is an accident, have an alternate route prepared. If you packed light, as stated above, you could get on an alternative flight if yours is canceled or delayed. Know your options before heading to the airport.
If you are traveling by air, you may want to think ahead in sending your gifts ahead of time. Either ship your presents to your destination or shop online and have them delivered directly. If you are taking them in your checked luggage, TSA may need to inspect them.