If you’re not lucky enough to have the holidays come to you, you’re probably stuck traveling at this insanely busy time. Going home for the holidays is wonderful, but getting there? Not so much. So take some time to plan ahead to make your trip as stress-free as possible so you’re not a Grinch by the time you arrive. These travel tips can help your travel plans go smoothly this year.
- Don't fly on Christmas - Save yourself some stress and don’t fly on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, if you can help it. The further you get from the holiday, the cheaper your tickets will be and the easier your travel will be.
- Be wary of super cheap tickets - Definitely read the fine print before you buy that ultra cheap ticket so you know the details, like how many stops there are and how long in between each one.
- Lean on Twitter - When dealing with airports, Twitter can help. These days, most airlines are really responsive on Twitter and you may even get help faster there than over the phone.
- Look into alternative airports - Do your research to find out if there’s a smaller airport nearby that could save you money, just make sure the cab ride won’t cost you $200 to get where you’re going.
- Pack light - We get it, you want to look your best at your holiday gatherings, but you’re better off trying to fit everything into a carry-on. Wear your bulkiest sweater and coat on the plane to save space in your bag and when you’re running to catch your flight, you’ll be glad you packed light.
- Ship your gifts - Don’t try to pack your presents in your luggage, just ship them before you go and that’s one less thing to worry about.
- Leave a lot of extra time for mishaps & delays - With all the extra people on the roads, the trains, and trying to navigate the airport, it’s going to take longer to get everywhere during the holidays. So save your sanity and arrive early, leave extra time, and bring a book along so you have something to do while you wait, because you know you’ll have to.
- Bring a portable charger - A battery powered charger could be a life-saver while you’re dealing with travel delays, so treat yourself to an early gift if you don’t already have one.