Best Advice for Traveling Over the Holidays

It’s the holiday season and it’s likely that many of you will be doing some type of travel to celebrate with your family and friends over the coming months. While the time spent together is priceless, the stress and frustration often associated with holiday travel can be downright painful.

Check out this helpful advice for making traveling over the holidays just a little more enjoyable, whether it includes an international plane ride or merely a couple hours in the car. Take a look!

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Give yourself a lot of extra time

Especially if you’re traveling with children, give yourself ample time for setbacks and pit stops along the way. You are likely to also encounter some holiday traffic and having some time to spare will make you less stressed while you’re inching along. Even if you don’t use all of your buffer travel time and end up arriving at your destination a little earlier than planned. All the better! This means more time to visit with family.

Share driving responsibilities

If your holiday travel includes driving for long distances, you will want to share this responsibility with at least one other driver. Have a schedule for when each person will go behind the wheel and let the other person rest. This will keep you and your family safe while making the long travel a little more enjoyable for you.

Be flexible with your travel dates

If possible, try and avoid the heaviest holiday travel days which tend to be the day before or the day of a holiday. If you can swing it with your work schedule, take a long weekend or use an extra vacation day to make your stay a little longer. Not only will you avoid the headache of holiday traffic, you’ll have more time to spend with your family.

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Ship presents in advance

Having presents directly delivered to where you’ll be celebrating the holidays is a smart and savvy idea. You’ll reduce the amount of luggage you have to carry with you, which is valuable no matter how you’ll be traveling. Just be sure to let the recipient know to not open the packages before the holidays!

Keep your essentials within arm’s reach

Water, snacks, a book, phone or iPad are all items you’ll be grateful to have nearby to make your travel a little more bearable. Don’t make the mistake of packing these items away deep in your suitcase. Rather, be sure to pack them in your carryon or a bag you keep in the front seat of the car.

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Plan your pit stops

Pit stops are a necessary part of travel. If you’re traveling with multiple children, you should plan out your pit stop strategy to avoid someone needing to stop every 20 minutes. Give everyone a heads up as to when the next stop will be so they can plan ahead with their bathroom and food needs.

Always be kind

Finally and most importantly, remember to be kind to one another even during the most stressful moments. This goes for your family members traveling with you as well as strangers who you pass at a pit stop or sit by on a plane. The holidays should be a happy and care-free time where people go out of their way to spread some cheer. Let this be your inspiration for doing something nice for someone else and hopefully they will pass it along too!

What piece of holiday travel advice did you find most helpful? Share your thoughts by commenting below.