7 holiday travel tips

Nov 18, 2019 | Real Life

Like thousands of others during the holiday season, you may find yourself traveling to meet up with family and loved ones. Don’t sweat it, though. With our travel survival guide, you’ll be navigating stress-free. Check out our seven holiday travel tips below.

1. Avoid the busiest flying travel dates

We know — easier said than done, right? You might not be able to control what days off your company gives you or might have used up your PTO on that Vegas trip over the summer. If you don’t mind flying the day before or day of the holiday, you might find a great deal. Either way, allow plenty of time to get to the gate.

2. Road tripping it? Get comfy.

If you’re traveling nearby-ish for the holidays, it’s probably cheaper to drive than fly. Make sure you have the essentials to make the trip bearable. Prepare your trip with snacks, drinks, and if you think you’ll need it, some form of energy drink or coffee. A blanket or towel to make the seat comfier for the long drive is always a plus. 

  • Set designated driving times for you and your copilot.
  • Make sure you both know how to navigate (aka how to use your favorite maps app).
  • Keep each other alert (know any good jokes? If not, find some online).

3. Know your airports

Major cities usually have more than one airport (consider both your origin and your destination). Checking these other airports for a better holiday travel experience might stress you out, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Smaller airports see fewer flights, so typically they also see fewer delays. Sounds good, right?

4. Less is probably best

If you’re anything like the average person, you probably over-pack. The little voice inside your head keeps whispering “you might need this… and this and this, better safe than sorry.” No, you ignore that voice and pack only what you know you’ll need. Plus, over-packing may cost you more at the counter when weighing your bag — nobody wants that. To ensure there are no unpleasant surprises, make sure to carefully review the baggage policy on your chosen airline’s website. 

5. Create your travel playlist 

Whether you’re popping in your headphones at the airport while dodging the hustle and bustle on the way to your gate or cruising through traffic in your car, a well thought-out playlist will keep your spirits bright. Commence the carpool karaoke (not recommended for a plane!) and watch travel time fly.

6. Keep your cool

It’s the holidays — people get frustrated and small things can trigger an outburst. Feeling the pressure? Go for a power walk near your gate. That stagnant line of people waiting to be seated will still be there when you get back. Just don’t go on a trek too far and chance missing your boarding time.

Warning for our roadtrip folks: road rage is real and affects many people, especially during times of heavy traffic and congestion. Keep your cool by remembering everyone is just trying to get to their families for the holidays. Turn up the tunes to drown out the honks and sing away the stress.

7. Change your destination

If your family is looking to skip the holidays,head somewhere new! For 2019, some of the best budget destinations include San Antonio, Texas, Puebla, Mexico and St. Helena (Island). Do your research and you might just find yourself enjoying the beaches of a distant paradise while the rest of your friends are stuck in traffic.

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