If you are like millions of people that travel during the holiday season, then you know what it’s like - the overcrowded airports, long lines, cancelled flights, the winter storms that can derail the best laid vacation plans. But, in spite of the holiday travel hardships, you go again and again, because it’s all worth it in the end to have some fun and build memories with the people you love. Maybe these travel tips will help ease the woes that can come with holiday travel…
#1: Travel light. This will keep down the cost of checked bags, the hassles of lines, and the risk of lost luggage. If you’re really efficient, you can pack your whole trip into a carry-on and your life will be so much easier at the airport. Just be sure all your toiletries and personal items comply with the latest TSA requirements. It’s worth checking out www.tsa.gov before you travel to make sure all your travel details are compliant.
#2: Be sure you have your proper ID. This one gets a lot of people into trouble at those crazy busy airports or cruise ports. By simply checking with the airline, the cruise line, or on the TSA website you can be sure you have all the proper ID’s for wherever you are going.
#3: Get connected. With all the awesome travel Apps available today, you can check on flight status, find hotels, book a trip, and review local restaurants and attractions all from the palm of your hand. Some of the best Apps to check out are: Google flights, Expedia, Kayak, Yelp!, Gogobot, and Tripadvisor.
#4: Bring food. After all, there is nothing worse than dealing with long lines and missed connections than dealing with it while you’re hungry! So, pack your bags with plenty of healthy, delicious, blood sugar stabilizing munchies. But again, make sure they are all TSA compliant.
#5: Stay Zen. Sometimes that’s really all you can do. In reality, you have no control over a winter storm that cancels hundreds of flights, or if the person in front of you is totally disorganized and holding up the line. If it’s stressful and everything is going wrong, just “choose it.” Accept it for what it is, take a deep breath, and stay in the moment. Always be kind to those around you and the airport employees! After all, you are making memories.
Have a safe and fun holiday travel season!