Planning on taking a trip during the holidays? Better know what you are getting into because holiday travel can be one of the most stressful experiences you can encounter, especially if you are traveling with family. Read on to know how to minimize glitches during your trip, so you and the entire family can enjoy being on the road on the holidays.
For many families, travel is a must when the holidays roll around. Unfortunately, the holidays are also the most stressful time for travelers, with delayed flights, long lines, and the chaos of thousands of people crowding airports, bus and train terminals. Here are a few tips on how to survive travel during the holidays.
-Go before or after peak dates.
You can avoid the peak holiday rush in airports and train terminals if you go earlier or later than most people. For example, going home two or three days before Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays usually means that you won’t have to fight your way through the usual holiday mob. The same is true if you go a couple of days after the peak holiday dates.
Long lines, and even longer wait times if schedules are delayed mean that you may have to wait hours for your flight or trip. Download some books on your phone or bring a paperback or two to avoid wasting your time doing nothing at the airport, train or bus terminals.
-Pack fun treats and games.
If you are traveling with kids, long waiting times, traffic, and the sheer amount of time spent cooped up inside a car can turn even the most well-behaved tots into monsters. Keep everyone happy by packing treats and games so they can stay occupied when they are not asleep. It is also important to bring enough water to keep everyone hydrated during your trip.
-Have a Plan B.
If going to your dream destination becomes more trouble than it’s worth, it is a good idea to have a backup plan so you can still enjoy the holidays. Planes to your dream destination could be booked, or rouge weather could make travel difficult and even dangerous. In cases like these, make sure that you can choose another location that is easy to access and within your budget.
-Know what you are getting into.
If you must travel during the peak season, prepare accordingly. Anticipate delays, bring extra cash, make sure you get to the airport on time and bring an extra set of clothes in your carry-on luggage for delayed or canceled flights. Get the number of your airline so you can call when emergencies arise.
The holidays can be a really stressful time for travel, but most of us are willing to brave the rush just to be with family. Keep the tips above in mind so you can minimize potential glitches as you travel during the holidays.