According to a study by AAA.com, the majority of people will travel by car, but a growing number of the population will be traveling by air. The busiest holidays on record are Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Whew! That’s a lot of people running around!
Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a group these 5 tips for stress-free holiday traveling will make life a little easier. Anything can happen over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday rush and these tips will help you prepare for even the craziest of days.
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5 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Traveling
1. Plan Ahead
Decide at least one month in advance where you will be for the holidays. If you’re able to plan your location sooner, then great! You want to know where you will be spending your time so you can share this information with other loved ones. This will also allow you to successfully navigate the 4 remaining tips with ease.
2. Pack Lightly
Are you visiting somewhere cold, warm-ish, or are you planning on leaving the country? No matter your location: pack lightly.
The last thing you will want is lost luggage or extra weight to carry around. There are some items you can leave at home and make a quick run to the store after your arrival. These items include toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc.).
Ask ahead if your host family has pillows and blankets you can borrow. If you want to make your life super simple during a hectic flight, only pack a carry-on. If you plan on driving, pack a small suitcase that will easily fit in the back of your car.
3. Check the Weather
Do not underestimate the weather of where you are to where you want to be. It’s okay to tell loved ones that it’s unsafe to travel. Your safety is important.
Holidays are a time for loved ones to come together to celebrate and be happy. The last thing anyone would want is a tragedy or someone they love hurt.
If you do find yourself unable to travel due to harsh weather conditions consider downloading and using a streaming program, such as FaceTime or Skype, or you can consider using a webcam. Just because you’re not able to be there physically doesn’t mean you can’t be included. Thank goodness for technology!
4. Make Backup Plans
I know you want to be with those you love, but I also know they care about your safety. Make plans as if you’re going to be able to be with your loved ones, but create a backup plan in case some unforeseen events occur. Perhaps there is a group of friends that are planning on staying in town this holiday?
If you find yourself alone, then seriously consider volunteering your time at your local soup kitchen. The last thing you want to do is stay home by yourself. If you can’t be with those you love then be with someone you can learn to love.
5. Use Coupons
If you know how you’re traveling and where you’re traveling to, then start looking for coupons to help save you money. Perhaps you’re planning on driving (whether by yourself or with your growing family) and the drive is a couple of days.
Search ahead of time and reserve hotels along your traveling path to help break up the trip and make it more manageable. You can also use the iBotta app to save a ton of money at restaurants, hotels, groceries, clothes and so much more!
No matter your plans this holiday season I wish you safe travels. The holidays are meant to be spent making memories and spending time with those we love.
What are some of your stress-free traveling tips? Let us know in the comments below.