Traveling during the holiday season can be tedious, especially if you find yourself packed into confined areas for hours or made to wait in long lines through security. According to the AAA Thanksgiving 2014 travel forecast, this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007 with as many as 46 million Americans taking a trip. So, how do you stay in the holiday spirit while traveling?
- Realistic expectations. If you hope for the best and plan fort the unexpected, then you’re setting yourself up to have a more pleasurable experience altogether. That way, if something does happen, you’ll be more prepared for it. It’s also good to consider travel insurance and carry a copy of the policy. That way, you can read your description of coverage if something unforeseen like a flight delay or cancellation does happen.
- Comfort. A little neck pillow or something light to use as a blanket can make you feel more relaxed. If you’re traveling for more than a few hours, it might be worth taking these items as long as you have the space in your carry on. Be sure to check the latest measurements for carry-on baggage (Delta, United, American Airlines), as it has changed in the recent past.
- Entertainment. While most planes offer some sort of in-flight entertainment, it might be worth downloading a new holiday playlist, movie, book or whatever you enjoy. That way, you’ll have something to pass the time. Don’t forget about downloading something for the kids too. Noise canceling headphones might be another thing to bring if you have the space.
- Treats. In the spirit of sharing this holiday season? You may want to consider bringing festive snacks for you and your family. Be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip, especially if you’re traveling with small children. Gum or something to chew during takeoff and landing may help your ears pop.
- Plan ahead. Having a game plan before you depart will make your experience better than if you wait until the last minute. Know where you’re going, give yourself plenty of time to get there and travel as stress free as possible. Have a back-up plan just in case something unexpected does happen. Even if you don’t end up using it, it’ll be nice to have it in your back pocket. Be sure to do your homework ahead of time. Know the TSA rules, especially if you’re bringing presents on the plane. (TSA Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers), check for flight delays (FAA) and the weather before you go to the airport. There are all kinds of apps that you can use to help with this as well. (iTunes Apps Store Travel)
If you’re traveling in the U.S. or flying halfway around the world, you should consider travel insurance. Be sure to research what’s available and get the correct policy to meet your needs from a reputable travel protection provider, such as CSA Travel Protection.
No matter where you’re going or who you’re spending the holidays with, be sure to follow these five helpful holiday travel tips and make your trip merrier.
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