The most wonderful time of the year can quickly change into a nightmare when you add travel to the mix. Between grouchy fellow travelers, lost or damaged bags, delays, and inclement weather anyone could get frazzled. Although you can’t control every aspect of holiday travel, here are a few trips that can help with the rest.
- Travel on the holiday: The price of flights on the days leading up to the major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve) are super high. But, the prices are much lower on the holidays themselves. Although it might not seem ideal, it is much more cost effective.
- Choose the right airport: It is worth considering the use of an airport other than the major airport in your area. If you are able to choose from multiple airports, the one that is not considered the major airport should be less busy. This translates into less crowds resulting in the possibility of faster security checks, boarding and baggage claims.
- Avoid packing wrapped presents: Did you know that you will more than likely have your pre-wrapped gifts, unwrapped during the security check? Avoid the hassle by shipping those gifts ahead of time and save yourself packing space, time and stress.
- Carry-on only luggage is best: There is a distinct increase in the amount of lost and damaged bags at the holidays. Avoid lost and damaged baggage altogether by only using a carry-on bag. This will also save time and money. You will avoid checked bag fees and the time to claim your bag, especially if you have a connecting flight to catch.
- Learn about the airport/route and where to get help: It is extremely important to know the lay of the land to avoid extra stress during holiday travel. You need to be able to quickly get to and from your gate, find your bags and locate your next mode of transportation to your destination. Look over a map of the airport before and during your trip. Also, it is best to know where to go or call for help should the need arise.
These tips should help ease the tension that arises during holiday travel. You may still have some anxiety-filled moments, but they should be few and far between.