We know, it was *just* Halloween, and while it might be too early for you to start getting into the holiday spirit, it’s definitely not too early to start planning for holiday travel.
Whether you’re just heading home for the holidays, or you’re planning the increasingly popular option of a grander getaway for the whole family, travel will undoubtedly be tougher than other parts of the year. From the weather, to the costs, to the lines, about a million little things can hold you up and turn a season of magic into a season of dread.
But don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a pain. Just follow these three tips and you’ll get through the season with less stress and way more holiday cheer.
This is always a tip, but it’s probably most important this time of year when so many people are trying to travel. Not only will it guarantee you a spot on flights that fill up and get overbooked fast, but it can also save you a tremendous amount of money. Even the difference in cost week-to-week can be mind boggling so we really recommend not putting it off.
For the most ideal pricing we recommend booking with us six months in advance. You’ll receive better rates and be able to slowly pay off your expenses leading up to your trip so it’s not a huge shock to your bank account right when you’re also dropping some serious cash at the mall.
This goes for resorts too, the weeks surrounding Christmas are most definitely considered part of their busy season as more and more families are opting to spend their holiday in paradise.
If you want to keep your holiday travel merry and bright then you’ll need to start early
You know the old adage, “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”, well it’s a good philosophy for life in general, but it might seem extra poignant when you find yourself snowed in to an airport on Christmas Eve.
The fact that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is not only incredibly busy, but also peak season for some disastrous winter weather, can lead to a whole lot of delayed flights and even more frustrations. Even if the weather seems fine in your area or you’re flying to a popular warm-weather holiday spot like the Caribbean or Arizona, a blizzard near a major hub could easily stall flights to the rest of the country.
Bring items of comfort to help you settle in just in case there is a delay. This could be anything from cozy blankets and neck pillows to snacks and entertainment, especially if you’re traveling with children.
That said, travel insurance can also be a real life saver and so can calling our 24/7 support line to help get you re-booked and on your way even faster, especially when every other passenger is crowding the service desk, clamoring to do the same.
Remember: snow on the trees could mean delays in the sky, so plan ahead
Be smarter with your time
Just like you should book early, you should also leave early. Always expect delays when traveling during the holidays. However, there are several ways to help shave off time.
First, consider getting TSA Pre-check, the lines are much shorter and move faster, you won’t have to completely undress (quite ideal during the winter), and you won’t have to unpack what is sure to be a very packed carry-on. If you apply now there’s a very good chance you’ll be approved before the holidays.
And speaking of packing, don’t bother wrapping your presents before you pack them. No matter how careful you are, the wrapping will get at least a little destroyed. Save that time for something else.
If you are traveling with gifts there is one traditional one you will need to be conscious of – the snowglobe. If you plan on transporting snowglobes in your carryon they must contain less than the maximum 3.4 oz. of liquid, and have to fit completely in a quart-sized bag, leaving little room for toiletries. So in this case, shipping is most likely the smartest route.
Yes that wrapping is stunning now, but you won’t want to see it after you take it out of your suitcase
Ultimately the most important thing to remember might be to keep a good attitude. Prepare and be smart where you can, but remember that while you can’t control the weather, crowds, long lines, and delays, you can control how you handle the situation.
For more great travel tips and planning help contact the travel experts at 614-237-4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.