Now that the Holiday season is right around the corner, plans that involve traveling is ringing in. Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, realize that everyone else in the world is, too. Here are some tips to survive the holiday travel season!
Make back-up plans if traffic makes your way too overwhelming. Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop. When flying, make sure you check the airline’s restrictions on carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags.
2. Stay connected
Download the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers, and more. GateGuru gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Driving up all night? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with GasBuddy and SitorSquat.
3. Don’t get hangry
When your tummy growls, your mind can’t think straight. Pack snacks and drinks, so that you and your family will be fueled up for a road trip. If you’re flying, get something to eat before you board the plane so you won’t have to rely on airline food.
4. Ship gifts or give gift cards
TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them, as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it.
5. Travel on off-peak days
“Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. Best time to hit the road? When everyone else is asleep – Early morning or late at night.”
6. Plan for the unexpected
Traveling during snow season? Think ahead. Leave extra time before flights to deal with security, extra time between connection and, for road trips, pack tire chains for snowy conditions!