Do thoughts of the fast-approaching holiday season bring a smile to your face? Or does the thought of holiday travel planning bring more stress than you care to think about? Here are some tips to help keep the “happy” in your holiday travel this year.
- The Bad Date
Many of us have been there – we show up with hope, only to be disappointed. No, we’re not talking about your high school prom date. We are talking about the worst dates to travel during the holiday season, and coincidentally the worst dates are usually the weekend right before a holiday.1 The best days to travel? Try on the holiday itself, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve.2
- Book Early, Save Money
Traveling over the holidays but not psyched about spending a ton of money on airfare? The old adage “early bird gets the worm” holds true for flight booking. It’s wise to book at least a month or more in advance of your expected departure date if you want to get the best deals. A great way to simultaneously compare airfares for the best price is to use an airfare aggregator site.
- Go Crazy for Carry On
Looking for ways to make your travel experience go smoothly? Try packing a carry-on for each member of the family. You’ll be able to arrive at your departing gate more quickly and can avoid the hassle of waiting for your checked luggage upon your arrival. Plus, carry-on luggage often costs nothing as compared to checked luggage which can cost over $25 per bag.
- Shop Online & Ship
Looking forward to airport security carefully scrutinizing and even unwrapping each gift you packed in your suitcase? We didn’t think so. Eliminate the hassle of traveling with gifts by doing holiday shopping online and have each item shipped to your final destination. Or, if you already have purchased gifts, have them shipped to your final destination in a few large boxes.
- Don’t Park It
Few words can express airport parking lots during the holidays. Utter and complete mayhem may come close, however. If possible, have a friend drop you off at the airport to avoid congestion and delays getting to your departure gate.
- Ship Gifts Home
Gift giving can be a great holiday tradition. But, once the merriment has passed, how do the gifts get back home? An option for some might be to pack an extra, empty suitcase. But why lug around the extra bulk (and pay for another piece of checked luggage)? Ship all of your gifts home to save you time and hassle.
- Your Own Travel Assistant
Flight delays and cancellations. Lost luggage. The winter storm dubbed “Snowmaggedon.” For all these things and more, it pays to pack a travel insurance plan with 24/7 assistance services. Travel assistance services included with most Travel Guard travel insurance plans can go to work on your behalf to re-book flights and hotels, book rental vehicles, find lost luggage and more. Plus a travel insurance plan can cover you for things like travel delays due to inclement weather, trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense – all to help make your holiday travel a little easier.