Do you plan on traveling this holiday season? If so, you’ve probably heard the horror stories about holiday travel, from outrageously expensive transportation tickets to overcrowded airports.
Thankfully, holiday travel doesn’t have to be heinous if you follow the right traveling tips.
Top Traveling Tips During the Holiday
Want to save big on money (and stress) this holiday season? Here are our top tips that will make your holiday travel easy and efficient.
Monitor Flights Ahead of Time
It’s a known fact that transportation tickets for the holiday are always higher due to supply and demand. So, if you know you’re going to travel, try to book your travel plans as far out as possible. Tickets will only get more expensive as the holidays approach, and the last thing you want is to pay triple what your flight is actually worse.
To save big, monitor flash sales. These allow you to buy travel tickets at a fraction of the price. And what’s better is that most airlines offer these sales at the same time every year so you can plan ahead to buy these discounted tickets.
Try to Travel During Off-Peak Days
When it comes to the holidays, some days are much harder to travel on than others. For example, the peak travel day for Thanksgiving tends to be the Wednesday before. That means travel arrangements on this day are always busier and more expensive.
The off-peak days will differ depending on the holiday, but in general the first and last flights of the day are cheaper. They’re also when the airport or travel station is the quietest. So, if you’re someone who prioritizes saving over sleeping, we recommend you book one of those flights.
Handle Your Gifts Wisely
Are you traveling with gifts? If so, we recommend not wrapping them ahead of time. The TSA has the right to inspect all your packages, so chances are they’ll end up wrecking your wrapping efforts anyways.
Instead, devote a carry-on bag for gifts. That way you don’t run the risk of losing your gifts if the airline loses your luggage. Or better yet, ship your gifts so you can save the hassle of checking them or carrying them along with you!
Register for TSA PreCheck
One of the most stressful parts of holiday travel is the security line. You can spend hours waiting in it, and if you show up at the wrong time, you may end up waiting so long you miss your flight!
By registering for TSA PreCheck, you can skip all this stress. And you don’t even have to remove your shoes!
If you’re flying internationally, you may not be able to take advantage of this program. In that case, we recommend checking out the current security rules ahead of the time and showing up at the airport early to avoid the risk of missing your flight.
Traveling during the holidays can be super stressful. And sometimes there aren’t really ways to improve the situation you’re in. That’s why it’s important to try to be as patient as possible, and keep in mind that holiday travel plans almost never go smoothly.
Do you struggle with staying calm during stressful situations? Try some breathing techniques and make sure you’re properly stocked up on food, and entertainment. And if you’re someone who prefers to vape or smoke to de-stress, check out this information.
Ready to Travel?
Holiday travel is a hassle. But by following these traveling tips, you can plan the least stressful travel plans possible!
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