It’s that time of the year again! As the crisp autumn air fades into the chill of winter, people across the country are beginning to prepare for all of the joy (and chaos) that the holidays bring. Here are some of our favorite holiday tips and tricks to ensure things run smoothly as you prepare for the festivities!
1. Plan Ahead
When it comes to holiday travel, planning ahead is key! Begin planning your trip as soon as your plans are set in stone so that you don’t miss out on the best holiday deals. Many travel experts say that booking your flights and travel accommodations at least 70 days in advance will ensure that you get the best deal despite the ever-fluctuating prices. Additionally, there are several great travel apps that you can download on your phone that alert you when good deals arise.
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2. Prepare for Delays
Unfortunately, as the weather changes in many parts of the country, travel delays can be a real concern during this time of year. If you’re like many travelers, you find yourself anxiously watching the weather during the time leading up to your departure. No matter how fine-tuned your weather watching skills are, most times it just ends up being a case of planning for the worst and hoping for the best! Additionally, most airlines typically offer travel insurance so that in the event of a delay or cancellation, they can offer some sort of compensation for your troubles!
While we’re sure things will go off without a hitch, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you’re not left out to dry if your travel plans are delayed or canceled. Make sure that your phone is fully charged on travel day, and bring a charger along in your carry on just in case. This way, you can receive real-time updates and have something to pass the time. Don’t forget to pack plenty of snacks and maybe a good book to accompany you during the delay.
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3. Packing Gifts
When visiting friends and relatives, it’s not uncommon to bring gifts to give to celebrate the season. However, you may find yourself on ice when it comes time to go through security with a wrapped gift. Generally, TSA doesn’t mind if you bring wrapped gifts in your carry on, however, they are required to unwrap the gift if it sets off any alarms while going through the scanner. Ho Ho No! In addition to making sure that your gift is TSA compliant, we recommend avoiding flying with wine or spirits, as they will have to go in your checked luggage and you run the risk of ruining your clothes should something happen during transport. You can avoid a Christmas calamity (and maybe even save some time) having your gifts shipped to your destination ahead of time!
4. Avoid Peak Travel Day
There’s nothing worse than a busy airport — and we mean nothing. You can avoid the long lines at security and jam-packed airport terminals by avoiding peak travel days and times during the holidays! Studies show that traveling early in the morning or as late as is available in the evening will typically offer you the lowest prices available. Here are the best days to travel around major holidays this year:
Best day to travel: Monday 11/25, Thanksgiving Day (11/28), Friday 11/29 (Black Friday), or anytime within the 2 weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday
Worst days to travel: Avoid traveling the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day or the Saturday/Sunday that follow. Data shows that over 50% of return flights for this holiday happen on the Sunday that follows.
Best day to travel: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or the Saturday that follows
Worst days to travel: Avoid travel on the weekend before Christmas and the Sunday after, if possible
We hope that you find our holiday travel tips and tricks useful during this busy and exciting time. Possibly the most important tip that we can give as you finalize your holiday travel plans is this: RELAX! The holidays are a special time to spend with the people you love, whether it be your family or friends. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget what truly matters. Sit back, relax, breathe, and enjoy the moments spent with your loved ones. Happy Holiday planning!