Insider Tips for Holiday Travel

Gas prices aren’t sky-high this Thanksgiving (knock on wood) and that means it’s a great time to hit the road and spend the holiday with family in faraway places. If you’re planning to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, you may already feeling the stress of holiday travel. Nobody said it was easy, but with the right attitude and a few of these tips, travel doesn’t have to have you saying “Bah Humbug.”

1. Be prepared for delays.

If you go into the airport with the expectation that your flight won’t be leaving on time, the worst that can happen is you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it does. A recent study of holiday flight statistics showed that 30% of flights were delayed during the winter holidays in 2012. Keep this in mind when you’re booking winter travel, and be sure not to cut anything too close with your schedule. You can also check out the airlines with the smallest percentage of delayed holiday flights here.

2. Watch your speed.

If you’re driving, make sure to keep an eye on the speedometer. There’s nothing that ruins your turkey dinner faster than a speeding ticket on the way over to Grandma’s, and that’s exactly what you get if you’re in a hurry this Thanksgiving. Speeding, seatbelts, and cellphone use are the three key enforcement areas that officers are planning to step up this holiday. Make sure to drive safe and smart if you want to avoid a ticket.

3. Avoid catching a bug.

Public transport, close quarters on airlines, and gas station bathrooms all bring your and your family’s bodies into contact with a lot of germs. If you want to avoid getting a bug, be sure to stock up on hand sanitizer for your travels. It might not be a bad idea to sip on some Airborne or other immune system booster too.

4. Keep little ones entertained.

If your little ones are getting ancy, it’s only going to add to your holiday travel stress. Keep kids entertained with travel games, electronics, and the right pillows and stuffed animals to help them sleep. Sometimes having familiar items helps young children to cope with vacation anxiety, so bring a sheet or pillow that smells like home.

5. Stay positive.

Holiday travel can be stressful, but it’s important to view the experience as a vacation, not an obligation. Whatever it takes- whether it’s deep breaths, a cup of cocoa, or a quick jam session to Jingle Bell Rock- do your best to stay in the holiday spirit, no matter what.


About the Author:

Thanks to Kayla Dunmar for submitting this post. Kayla is an experienced traveler dedicated to sharing her experiences with others around the world. She is a contributing blogger for many travel sites and bed and breakfasts, including Arsenic & Old Lace, a charming escape in Eureka Springs, AR.