If you’ll be traveling over the holidays, chances are you’re already starting to sweat over the details. Whether you’re going across town to grandma’s house or across the country here are ten tips to make your holiday season more relaxing.
Ship all Your Gifts Ahead
If you’re flying, you’ll be facing restrictions on what you can bring as well as having to pay fees to check baggage. Skip the hassle and ship everything ahead. Many online retailers offer free shipping so it won’t cost you anything extra. Once you arrive, wrap everything.
Give Yourself Breathing Room
You’ve heard horror stories of people trapped at the airport or in the train station due to weather delays? Don’t become a statistic! Try to book travel with some padding around the dates and times. Giving yourself this window will help buffer any delays and give you time to recuperate after travels.
Fly on the actual holiday
If you have some flexibility with your travel dates, look to travel on the exact holiday. You can save a lot of money and will have much smaller crowds.
Go Easy on Alcohol
This means when you’re traveling and at your destination. Alcohol can dehydrate and potentially make you feel unwell. There’s nothing worse than a long car ride or flight with a pounding headache.
Holiday travel is arguable the most expensive time of year. Flights, accommodations, parking, everything costs more. The earlier you are able to make reservations the more choice you’ll have at the best price.
Check Alternate Travel Options
Is there another airport nearby that you could fly to for a lower price or is the train more affordable than flying? Instead of booking a hotel why not see if there is an apartment rental or house swap available. There are more options now than ever. Look into all of them.
It may seem a better deal to book a multi-segment flight, and often times these tickets are priced lower. But, a nonstop flight won’t leave you worrying about connection times or delays. Paying a bit more for peace of mind may be worth it, especially if you have a short vacation time.
Leave extra time
Give ample time to arrive at the train station or airport. If you’re driving know that the roads will be extra busy during the holiday season. By planning this time into your travel schedule you’re likely to be less stressed with delays.
Don’t depend on sub-par convenience store food, fast food, or overpriced airport dining to get you through your travels. Instead prepare foods at home that will travel well. Not only will you save money but you’ll know that you are eating better.
Plan Accommodations Smartly
Maybe a week at grandma’s over the holiday season with your siblings and their children sounds like a good idea in the planning stages. You’ll save money and everyone can have fun together but there’s something to be said for having your own space. Keep in mind how you and your family travel best and what your needs are and plan accordingly.
Do you have any tips to add?