There is so much to think about when traveling any time of year but when it comes to holiday traveling it can be quite overwhelming. Between lost luggage, long road trips and the limited time to get from point A to point B to see family can make holiday travel a nightmare for many people. Holiday time is a time when more people travel than ever, which could mean longer lines at the airport and packed flights that leave you wondering why you opted to travel for the holidays. No matter what method you’re using to travel during the holidays, I have some tips to survive holiday traveling that will make your trek to family easier than ever before.
Skip Big Airports
Try to avoid buying tickets for the bigger airports. If you can opt for a smaller airline you’ll be able to save some money as well as avoid cramped flights as most people go for the larger airports. While these smaller airports may not easier to get to, they will provide you with fewer crowds and faster flight times.
Travel In Reliable Vehicles
We recently rented the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander for travel back to South Florida to see family and friends. We packed in our whole family and our belongings without a problem. I was pleasantly surprised. It was such a smooth and reliable ride. The gas mileage was great for what I am used to in my full size SUV.
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Purchase Travel Insurance
During the holiday travel season, there can be delays due to weather or overbooked flights. The best way to protect your sanity is to purchase travel insurance that has both good trip-delay and cancellation coverage. This helps get you rebooked from a canceled flight quicker.
Do your Research
No matter how you’re planning to do some holiday traveling this year, it’s best to research alternative routes and options to ensure you always arrive on time. If you’re flying then you may not be able to opt for alternative routes, but you can at least be educated in other options if holiday travel gets too much.
Prior to your departure, download apps to entertain everyone who’s holiday traveling with you. There are many apps available on both Android and Apple devices to keep the entire family entertained. Downloading apps prior to departure will avoid any high-cost data charges while away from home. I’ve published previously apps that work without internet connection that I love using for my kids during travel. Check it out HERE
You’ll need to think of everything ahead of time when it comes to holiday travel. Be sure to pack earplugs for times when the surrounding noise is too much for your family. Items like an headphones and iPads with a music list ready to play, will ensure peace during holiday traveling time.
There are so many little things you can do to be proactive when it comes to trying to survive holiday traveling. These tips I shared today will lead you in a positive direction to enjoy holiday traveling so that you’re well-rested and happy upon arrival to your relative’s home for holiday festivities.