The holidays are around the corner again, which means there will be a lot of people travelling to exotic places. Airports will be packed, flights will be over booked, and you might have to change your destination in the end. While exotic travel is something to look forward to, you won’t be looking forward to the holiday crowds that will be everywhere.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year are those times of the year that you want to spend with family and friends. These are holidays that you want to make special by indulging in exotic travel. Holiday travel shouldn’t be stressful, however. There are certain tips that you can use to outsmart the holiday crowd. Outsmarting the holiday crowd will make holiday travel hassle-free for you and your family, and the holidays will be even merrier for you.
- Book your fights during non-peak periods
This year, Christmas and New Year happen to be on Mondays. This means that peak travel periods will be the weekend before those holidays. To avoid the peak travel times, you can travel on the day of the holiday. There won’t be such large crowds, and your tickets will be cheaper. What is more, the airline may give a free drink in celebration of the holiday.
- Download apps for travel
There are apps that you can use to stay in the know about flights and traveling by road. Apps such as Waze and INRIX Traffic give you real-time info on road conditions and traffic. Others like Gate Guru and Flight Stats provide you with all the information you need on flights, including delays, departures, wait times, and so on.
- Buy and send your gifts before you travel
If you are taking your gifts with you to the airport, you will have to pay extra for them. Also, wrapping them is not a good idea, as they will be screened faster that way. As such, you can send your gifts ahead, or you could just get gift cards.
- Take your own food
All things sold at the airport are pricey, including food. Travelling by road is no different, as the restaurants on the way also charge a lot. Plus, these places will be crowded. Pack some snacks and fruit and lots of water to enjoy on the road or on the flight.
- Check in online to avoid queues at the airport
If traveling during peak times is unavoidable, you should register online so that your check-in process will be faster. The TSA PreCheck program is a good one to register for: once your application has been approved, you will get a Known Traveler ID with a validity of 5 whole years.
- Make sure your car is stocked with the essentials
Not just snacks and water and music, but also emergency cash, paper maps, and an emergency kit. Also pack some change for the toll ways.
- Join the frequent flyer list
You don’t have to be a frequent flyer to register as one. It is a common practice for airlines to over book their seats in case of people who do not come. But when they are truly over booked and still have important or (desperate) flyers to accommodate, they will unseat a couple of people. If you are a frequent flyer, you will be safe.
- Take off earlier than scheduled
It is always a good idea to leave earlier than you would when traveling during the holidays. This will help you to deal better with all the potential stress that you may encounter, including bad weather, crowds, traffic, etc.
Make your journey a special one without all the hassle and trouble. Especially so if you are traveling with young kids or huge family. Be mindful to check in as early as the airline will allow to avoid overbooked flights (it happens a lot during peak seasons!). If you need travel advice, come and speak to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.
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