Whether you’re driving or flying, traveling before and after the holiday can turn into quite a headache. With people across the US eager to get to their loved ones, lines at airports and traffic is inevitable. But don’t let the journey get you down! I'm sharing my 5 tried and true Holiday Travel Tips to help you survive this holiday season travel.
1.Plan ahead and arrive early
The day before a holiday is one of the busiest travel day of the year, so plan ahead. If you’re driving, think about the rush hour times for each city you have to drive through. Even consider a scenic route—sometimes the distance might be longer but you won’t end up sitting bumper to bumper. If you’re flying, arrive extra early. You’d rather be sitting at your gate reading a book or enjoying some fantastic people-watching than having a panic attack at the never-ending security line.
2. Stay connected
Download key travel apps so you immediately know of any flight delays or traffic issues. GateGuru is a favorite of mine. It provides detailed maps of airports and real time updates relevant to your flight. If you’re driving, download Waze. It connects you with other drivers, and you can see their updates on traffic, accidents, police traps and more.
3. Be ready for the unexpected
Weather delays are simiply unavoidable. Prepare for unexpected hiccups by arriving early (see #1), building in extra time between connections, and packing necessities in your carry on. And always remember that if you used a travel agent (wink, wink) to help plan this trip they (I) will be your advocate if things go bump—keep my number handy.
4. Pack Smart
If you’re flying, avoid checking a bag as best you can. If you have to check one, be sure to keep necessities in your carry on. Medications, toiletries, chargers, and valuables should be with you at all times. Headed out on the open road? Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks—you never know what food options (or lack thereof!) lay before you.
5. Relax If something goes wrong, take a deep breath and relax. Some issues are simply unavoidable, so do your best to be flexible and patient. In 5 years, your bad travel day will turn into a funny story to share around the holiday table.
Hi! My name is Julie and I am the owner of Julez Travel! I love planning vacations! I love the excitement of planning for that special occasion like birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoons! One of my favorite parts is adding special touches to make the trip fun with little surprises!