As we all know, traveling may not always be enjoyable, especially during a holiday period. The long waiting lines, the extremely crowded tourist attractions and the usual delays around these periods can sometimes make everything less pleasant.
In this article we will provide you with some cool tips to keep in mind in order to ensure you have a fun trip that you get the most out of!
Arrive at the airport on time
Leaving the house early is the only sure way to get to the airport on time without having any issues. However, there are some other things to keep in mind here, too. If you can, avoid carrying large luggage — checking luggage can add about 90 minutes to your trip for baggage. Printing your boarding pass online before you arrive at the airport is another good idea, especially if you haven’t already chosen your seats. If you have the time to do an extra bit of research, try to find out whether the airline has formal or informal policies for late arrivals.
Take a cab. Don’t drive there yourself.
When the holiday season comes, everyone is driving, trying to get somewhere, making the roads congested . If you have to go by car, it is better to have someone else driving your car (be it a friend, family or taxi) for two reasons. First, this will help keep you on schedule, and the driver also feels the commitment and responsibility to get you there on time. Second: It is best not to drive if you are nervous about arriving at the airport on time. You could also consider using public transport if available to you. Although most days you will arrive there faster by car, during the holiday season you can sometimes save some time by riding a train, or even a bus. If you are not sure what the quickest way is, check the public transport schedules online and you’ll be able to estimate the time it will take you.
Use your smartphone properly
Your smartphone can be of great help to you when traveling during the holiday. Basic functions let you access your travel itinerary via email or Maps applications. In many cases smart devices can help you get a digital boarding pass so you do not need to print your boarding pass at all. You can also use your smartphone as a way to search for gate info, which can change at any moment during the holiday season.
Expect everything if you have kids
If you travel with your children, you are probably aware of the things that might come up. Aside from making sure they have some kind of entertainment during the trip (such as a video game, a book, etc.), you should always be prepared for the worst. It is always a good idea to keep some plastic bags in your pocket if the air bag is lost or hard to reach. A good practice is to divide jobs between parents. For example, a parent can manage the luggage and the other can keep an eye on the children. The more you plan for your trip, the more you will be able to divide your tasks, and the easier it will be.
Take a Benadryl pill
We do not recommend anyone to misuse any medicines, but the truth is that there is no faster flight than the one you sleep through. Bring a blanket and pillow and ask for a glass of water while boarding the plane, and get a good nap.
Avoid delays when you pass security
Due to the strict security measures often found in airports, completing all of them quickly is very difficult. However, you can speed up this process by doing as much preparation as possible in advance. First, if you’re traveling with a laptop, you should be ready to put it in the x-ray area or buy a TSA-friendly laptop bag so you do not have to remove it at all. You will also need to put all the allowed liquids in one accessible bag. If you bring any gifts home, do not pack them, especially in any kind of foil wrapping paper.