With the holidays quickly sneaking up, you might feel rushed getting everything prepared. There are many things you don’t want to save until the last minute. Buying presents, wrapping, and traveling should be on the top of your to do list. If you are traveling for the holidays, you want to be prepared for the hassles involved.
Avoid Peak Dates and Times
Many people want to take off work for the least amount of days possible. Though it may be inconvenient for you to take off an extra day of work, you could avoid peaked prices and crowded airports. You want to plan ahead and find the best prices on your flights and give your work enough notice that you will need to take off. If possible, choose earlier or later flights. The airports tend to be less congested during these times and could have you moving through security much quicker than if you would wait until the midday.
Traveling for the holidays is great because you get to see loved ones and share this special time of year with them. Though presents aren’t the true meaning of the holiday season, they do liven up the holidays. Packing presents for air travel can be difficult because there are many rules and regulations for items that can be put in your carry-on or checked-in luggage. If you know you will be traveling for the holidays, ship the presents to the family member’s house before-hand. This saves the possibility of a present being confiscated at customs. If the security check sees wrapped items they will unwrap them for inspection.You want to make sure you send them early enough so they arrive in time.
If there is an option to, book a non-stop flight. Many delays occur during the layover in connecting airports. There is also a greater possibility of your luggage being lost in the transition to a different plane. Many unexpected occurrences can happen and though you may be prepared for some you cannot be prepared for them all. If your first flight is running late, getting to your next terminal may be difficult. Waiting for your luggage to be unpacked and distributed amongst a busy baggage claim can be stressful and could end up having you running to your next flight.
These tips are to help make the holiday travel season a bit more enjoyable and less stressful. You don’t want to show up at your relatives house already in a sour mood when you could be enjoying the holiday cheer with the rest of the family.
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