Separately, holidays and travel can be stressful enough. Mixing the two together can be a recipe for disaster. But the holidays are about family and many people have to travel to do that. I’m sure you have experienced it, or at least seen on TV or in movies; families panicked and stressed just trying to get everything and everyone organized and out the door. Racing through the house with a toothbrush hanging out of your mouth, toothpaste spilling on your nice shirt you try rally the troops because you needed to be out the door five minutes ago. All the while the kids are bickering, the dogs are barking and your over-stuffed luggage is still unzipped on your bed with everything hanging out. Your pulse is up and your time is running out it’s past time to go and you know it will just snowball from as you finally reach the airport greeted by overcrowded terminals with people just as stressed as you.
Sound familiar? Okay, maybe it is a little exaggerated but it gets the point across and I am sure you relate on some level. This doesn’t need to happen. Here are five tips to help ease your holiday travel.
Give yourself extra time – the holidays are heavy travel times so make sure you give yourself extra time to get where you need to go. Whether you are driving, flying or taking the train, remember that everywhere is going to be a bit more crowded with impatient people wanted to get to their destination.
Be organized – have everything you are going to need easily accessible. Tickets, boarding passes, passports, money, etc. You are just asking for trouble if you have to dig through your stuff to find what you need. The line behind you gets longer and longer and the people in it start to get more and more impatient and start their grumbling, mumbling, sighing and complaining it becomes more difficult to focus and find what you are looking for.
Be prepared – for the worse. With so many people in one place it can be easy for kids to get lost in the crowd in a split second. Have a plan if you have one of those kids who likes to wander. Set a meeting place even give them a note with your name and gate number just in case.
Be flexible – if possible. I know traveling with a family three or more can make it difficult to be flexible, but this time of year companies often over book flights, hotel rooms, etc. You can get some great perks and discounts if you are able to be flexible in these situations.
Be patient – take a few deep breaths. Getting irritated, angry, and frustrated is not going to get you to your destination any faster. Relax and enjoy you’re your holidays with your family.
I post these because I need to remember these things myself. Those who follow my blog know that I have come a long way as a traveler and get better with every trip. The more crowded the airport, or wherever I am, the easier it is for me to get anxious and stressed out. When that happens and I act out it makes for miserable journey for all. My experience has taught me that the better I practice the above tips the better my travels will be for all. I know that there is a lot of great advice out there and many tips to be found. They are all good but these are the ones that work best for me and my family. I hope these tips help you as much as they me.
Enjoy your holiday travels and time with your family and remember it’s not the destination but the journey.
Happy Holiday Travels!
VP & Dad