It is Possible to Travel Without Stress for the Holidays.
Have you ever seen Home Alone? Of course you have. Well- remember that scene where the McCallisters are running through the airport trying to make it to their plane on time because they overslept? I don’t know about you, but scenes like that make me think of the stress that can sometimes come with traveling. Holidays are supposed to be fun and relaxing- not stressful. So how can you have a hassle free vacation this holiday season?
Plan the trip well in advance of your intended travel dates. Setting aside your dates and times will help you to see if the travel you are seeking is available or not. Believe it or not some resorts can sell out up to a year in advance depending on where you would like to stay. Planning early will also give you a rough idea of how much your trip will cost you so you can begin budgeting and saving.
Don’t fly the day before Christmas, Thanksgiving or other major holidays. Not only will there be a lot of crowding, but in the event of any kind of delay you might not make it to your destination by the intended day.
Book early. Waiting for last minute deals may seem like a good idea because you could save money, but when you book early not only do you ensure you are getting the flights you want, but you will also be more likely to sit with loved ones that may be traveling with you. Even worse, the last minute deals may never come because at the holidays things like airline seats tend to sell out.
Get your travel documents ready in advance. For example, if you need a transport it can often take four to six weeks without paying rush fees.
Get to the airport early. If you have an early flight set your alarm early and use a backup alarm that runs on battery (such as on your phone) so that in the event of a power outage you won’t have to worry about the alarm not going off.
Now, we want to hear from you! What other tips do you recommend for making holiday travel less stressful?