Are you excited to go home for the holidays but dreading the travel? Read on for 10 tips on how to avoid stress while dealing with the holiday hustle and bustle.
Book in advance. Far, far in advance.
Booking flights or train tickets three or four months in advance may seem like overkill, but you'll thank us later. Ticket prices during the holiday season may always be more expensive, but they skyrocket the month before the dates. The further in advance you can make your holiday plans, the better off you'll be.
...And travel on the day of.
It may seem counterintuitive, but traveling on the actual day of the holiday will make your experience smoother. The majority of people will be traveling the day before the hoilday, which means that the roads and runways will be clear if you decide to travel on the day. If you must travel the day before, leave or book your travel for early in the morning or late at night as this is when prices will be the cheapest and the roads the clearest.
Use private browsing when booking flights, train tickets or hotels
Flight search engines often store cookies while you're browsing their sites, meaning that they know when you've visited their site. While they often deny that this is the case, when you return to the site they'll jack up to the price of flights to make you believe that they will continue to rise. Don't fall for it! Use private browsing windows or clear your cookies after you visit each site.
Plan out your outfits before leaving. You'll most likely only be gone for a few days, which means you won't need to bring too much. Check the weather and plan accordingly, with one or two items for a cold snap or unexpected warm day thrown in for good measure.
Keep everything in your carry-on where you can reach it
Nobody wants to be that person in the security line who doesn't remember where they put their little bag of liquids or tablet. Make sure you know where all your electronics and carry-on sized liquids are kept so you can get them out quickly and easily.