The holiday season is here once again, and everyone has planned something for it. It’s common for people to travel to and from different places to spend time with the friends and relatives. During this period, crowds usually fill the airports and roads get too busy with people headed to different destinations. Failure to make advance arrangements, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner, can ruin your travel plans. Irrespective of how you plan to travel, here are tips to avoid stress and enjoy yourself.
Travel Plans For Air And Road Travelers
For Air Travelers
- Make early bookings – Book your flight early because it will give you the luxury of choosing airlines with the best rates and convenience. Waiting until demand peaks will mean prices will be higher.
- Exercise patience – At the airport, you will encounter people with different attitudes. Be patient and wait for your turn to be served. Assist others where necessary and help them get through faster.
- Check your bag – Carry only the items you need during your trip. Excessive luggage complicates the journey for you and other travelers.
- Have fun – Airports have created ways for passengers to have a good time while waiting for their flights. Look out for some of these games and distract yourself from the frustration of waiting.
- Check in online – Checking in online eliminates standing in queues with the crowds which might cause further delays. Arrive at the airport early to reduce the chances of missing your flight and dealing with unexpected delays.
For Road Travelers
- Choose a day to travel – Consider the route you want to use and pick a day with the lightest traffic during Thanksgiving season. You can also select a time of the day when traffic is usually light. Find out if there are scheduled events on your route that might interfere with your travel plans.
- Think of the weather – Be prepared for the kind of weather you will find on the road. Ensure you have packed your snow chains and emergency travel safety kits in the car.
- Plan your stops – If you are going on a long trip, you need to schedule stops for bathroom visits especially if you have children traveling with you. Be sure to make the stops in safe areas if you are not familiar with the place you will be stopping. Your journey might be delayed if you make a stop at a busy shopping center. You can use the stop-over to take a rest or switch drivers.
- Prepare your car – Make sure the gas tank is full. Confirm all the tires and the spare wheel are in order. Clean the windshield especially on the inside to improve visibility on the road.
General Travel Tips To Keep In Mind
- Accommodation – Find suitable accommodation for your family. The place you select must be safe, comfortable and affordable. When you start your search for accommodation early, you will find suitable places at the right prices.
- Travel light – Consider mailing some items before you move. This arrangement will ensure you travel light and reduce your trip costs.
- Carry the right documents – When traveling across borders, ensure you have the proper documents for you
and those in your party. There might be a number of regulations that vary across borders, do your research and make sure you have the right documents for authorities.
- Avoid carrying germs – As you go from one place to another, your hands may carry germs which might threaten your health and that of your family. Carry sanitized wipes to clean your hands after touching contamination-prone areas such as door knobs, arm rests, and airline trays.
- Remember the specials – Do not forget to carry any medicine required by you or those you are traveling with. Are you or anyone in your family on a special diet? Do not forget their meals lest they starve or compromise their health by eating the wrong food.
Enjoy the season and the travel time that is bound to time, it does not need to be stressful for you and your family.