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4 Tips to Survive Holiday Travel

There’s a very good reason why so many seasonal film favorites involve a comic – and often epic – journey to the protagonist’s holiday destination.  That very good reason is that holiday travel is a nightmare.  Whether you have to make a visit to family or friends for the holidays, or whether it’s an essential business trip, there’s a level of military planning, not to mention patience, which you need to survive with your sanity intact.

Plan Ahead

Unless your trip is a real last minute affair, extend that military planning to every step of your preparation.  If you are taking gifts for a social visit, or require flipcharts and other equipment for a business trip, consider shipping them separately, so that you don’t have to waste time checking in unnecessary luggage.

The lighter you can travel during holiday season, the better, especially if the inevitable travel issues mean all you have to do to change your plans at the last minute is pick up your carry-on and go.

If you haven’t yet entered the twenty first century, now is the time to do so; explore smartphone and tablet apps which will not only enable you to keep an eye not only on your airline in real time, but also on weather reports both at home and at your destination.

Learn to Love Lists

For the seasoned list-maker, this will be second nature.  However, to really survive traveling during the holiday season, your lists should incorporate not only all emergency contact details for your current travel arrangements, but emergency numbers for alternative airlines and train companies that could possibly accommodate you in an emergency.

If speed is not of the essence, even consider a less direct route.  Making your journey in stages may cost a little more, but the extra expense is worth it in terms of arriving at your destination in a less frazzled state, and taking in new surroundings as you travel.

It’s the Little Things

It’s the season of goodwill, so don’t forget to extend that not only to your loved ones, but to the airline staff, your fellow passengers, and indeed to yourself.  Be nice to others, don’t forget to tip, and don’t be the guy that pushes in line just to get a better seat or overhead baggage space.

Make yourself a care package to enable you to avoid airline food and snacks – you’ll feel less sluggish if you’re not full of salt and carbs, and don’t forget to pack a few items in your hand luggage to freshen up with before landing, even if it’s only your toothbrush and a few wet wipes.

Travel from Thanksgiving to just after New Year can be hellish, but a little smart pre-planning can lift it out of purgatory.

Don’t Be Shy to Ask for Help

If you would like to ease the burden of holiday travel and reduce the stress and hassle involved with it, please reach out to our team of travel experts who are willing and happy to help. Whether you need guidance on logistics like how to plan your trip, or you want to book safe, reliable, and comfortable chauffeured car service to make your ground travel more relaxing, our friendly staff is available 24/7 to meet your needs.

Fill out the form below or give us a call at 877.581.7531 and we’ll be in touch to help you out! Happy Holidays!

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