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Travel Tips To Help You Survive The Holidays
The holidays are a favorite time for families to get together and share in their love for one another. We sometimes live very far away from the people we love, but thanks to modern technology we can cross those vast distances and be together for those special moments.
Unfortunately, technology hasn’t quite gotten to the point where we can simply step through a portal and be at our family home. In order to get there, you are going to have to endure the insanity of holiday travel. Here are a few survival strategies that can make getting home for the holidays a less stressful experience.
Plan for reality
Bad weather, traffic jams, and airports filled to the brim are all part of holiday travels. These are things you personally can’t do anything about, but you can tackle how you handle the situations you are put into. If you can manage to score extra time off of work, use it to plan for possible delays in getting to your destination so your family time isn’t cut short by an airport delay.
It’s also helpful to have a backup plan in case of complete disaster. Did the airplane cancel your flight? Consider driving there as a possible backup plan, or taking the train. Having an exit strategy for your travel will make it less stressful, because you know that plan is waiting should you need it.
Book in advance
Hotel and air fairs go up drastically around the Holidays. You’ll want to book your tickets a month in advance for Thanksgiving, and as early as the 1st of October to get the best pricing for Christmas flights. Prices are highest 10 days or closer to these holidays, so book now if you haven’t already for the lowest possible prices.
Keep kids entertained during travel
Whether you are on the road or in the air, having kids along can make things a little more difficult for you. Make the trip easier for them by planning ahead in order to meet their needs. Bring along snacks that you know they will eat and small bottles of water so that your kids aren’t acting up out of hunger or thirst.
You can also help smooth travels over by bringing along entertainment for them, such as appropriate books, games, or toys. Consider hiding special surprise toys in your bag to give to them throughout the trip, so that they will spend their time focused on the novelty of something brand new, and not how long it is taking to get there.
Traveling during the holidays can be a stressful experience, but as long as you have a game plan to get you there, you’ll arrive in time for a relaxing vacation with the family and friends you hold dear. In the end, those long lines and crowded streets will have been worth it, as you enjoy those special moments with your favorite people on earth. Have a happy holiday, and stay stress free this holiday traveling season!