We’re almost ready for everyone’s favorite time of the year in the US – the holiday season are almost upon us. A favorite time for everyone who doesn’t have to travel very far, however. We have all had nightmare experiences trying to navigate the holiday traffic to get to a family member’s home, only to arrive late, stressed and exhausted. If you need to travel this holiday season, take a look at the following tips to make Thanksgiving and holiday trips less painful.
If you are traveling during the holiday season you will be faced with high prices – peak travel time is not usually a time to find many travel bargains. However, if you can’t travel outside of peak holiday season then enlist the help of a travel agent or tour operator to find the cheapest fares and accommodation for you. Travel experts have more of an idea which places are likely to run offers and which hotels will have room during the holidays. You get to save a lot of time ringing around places, and potentially some money too.
Pack your case to take account of possible delays and also bad weather. And don’t forget your hand luggage – if you are stuck at the airport waiting for a delayed flight you won’t have access to your luggage and you won’t want to spend on items at inflated airport prices. Pack clothes for bad weather, plenty of things to read, snacks, medications, extra cash and your travel documents. And don’t forget to include your cell phone charger.
Leave for the airport in plenty of time to avoid the inevitable stress-inducing lines and highway problems. If you can, travel to the airport the day before and stay the night in an airport hotel. This ensures you arrive early for your flight, well-rested and relaxed.