The holidays are everyone’s favorite time to travel. While this can make the experience more agonizing, some simple planning can make your holiday journey more enjoyable:
*It is easier to get travel and accommodation reservations if you book early. With some airlines and hotels, early booking may even qualify you for a discount.
*Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours early. The holiday season means everyone is traveling, which means traffic jams and long lines; giving yourself this margin will pay off in reduced stress, and may mean the difference between a missed flight and one caught in plenty of time.
*Carry essentials, including an ample supply of any medications you use, in your hand luggage. You never know when your luggage will be delayed or otherwise separated from you; it may take several days before you are reunited with your belongings. (Hopefully not)
*Check your departure time with the airline before heading out. Departures and arrivals are often delayed during the holiday season. If you are being met at the airport, remind those meeting you to confirm arrival times. Travel is frequently delayed during the holidays.
*Do not carry wrapped gifts in carry-on luggage, as gifts may need to be inspected at security check points and in some instances they will be unwrapped. Either check gifts or leave them unwrapped and accessible.
*Secure advance seat assignments if possible to insure you’re seat on the flight. Sometimes when flights are overbooked the first people to be bumped are ones that don’t have a seat assignment.
Hopefully if you can use some of these tips during your holiday travel you will find it to be a lot less stressful! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!
Your Loyal Travel Agent,