It’s no brainer that traveling during the holidays can be notoriously busy, stressful, and expensive. But, don’t let long lines, invasive security scanner, and unexpected challenges leave you distressed or get your down. Use our holiday travel tips to make life easier and happier as you journey to and from your destination.
Helpful Tips and Tricks for Holiday Travel
Leave Early for the Airport
This might sound obvious, but during holiday season, much of the trouble you will face revolves around the security check-in, traffic jams, full parking lots, absent shuttles, and long lines. So, rather than striving to reach early at the airport, you must try to leave for the airport early. This will help you to anticipate the peripheral delays you may encounter.
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Avoid check in bags as much as possible, better yet altogether if you can. This way you will not have to wait for your baggage on the conveyor belt, and worry about your dad’s Christmas present getting lost at the airport. Alternatively, consider shipping your bags home, especially if you are carrying any food or drinks. While it may not be very cost effective, it’s generally easier and time saving to ship it overnight than to deal with it on the airplane-if at all they let you bring it in the first place.
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Smartly Use Your Smartphone
When it comes to holiday travel, your Smartphone can be really your best friend. Basic functionality will let you access your itineraries via airline’s mobile website or your email. For an overall better experience you can stock up on the latest travel apps before leaving your home. There are apps like Flight Status that will give you real-time updates about baggage numbers, delays, and more. If you are heading out on the road, there are many apps to update you about the cleanest washrooms or cheapest gas available.
Plan for the Unexpected
Have only 20 minutes before connecting to another flight? Or travelling to snowy regions during the snow season? Well, think ahead and plan accordingly. Be sure to leave extra time before the flights to deal with invasive security, and between connections. Whereas, for road trips, pack flashlights, snow chains, and of course a first aid kit never hurt either.
Finally, inhale and exhale and make sure to use these holiday travel tips. We promise, with little luck, some patience and planning, you will finally make it to your destination safely.
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