Stress Free Holiday Travel Tips
Do you travel over the holidays? Some families do so annually, which makes sense, given that most of us get some vacation time in late December. And many great travel deals are offered through sites like www.go-today.com and www.funjet.com.
Also, as December is a chilly affair in much of the nation, it’s no surprise that a sunny destination might be tempting. And certainly, many families visit relatives in other areas for shared celebrations. Whatever your reason for holiday travel, how can you make it as safe and stress-free as possible?
Advance planning will serve you well when it comes to travel arrangements. While a road trip is relatively simple, a more involved journey calls for extra organization. Book your tickets as early as possible if you intend to fly. Being flexible with dates will save you money, as rates tend to be lower between Christmas and New Years.
Involve your family
Why arrange everything? With a little encouragement, kids can help search deals on line, brainstorm what you’ll need to take, chime in on possible activities both en route and at your destination, or do some packing. You may be able to delegate more than you think!
Keeping everyone happily occupied while traveling can help maintain the peace. To that end, be sure each family member has items they like─art supplies, a journal, puzzles, books, magazines, knitting, crocheting, playing cards, beading kits, a manicure set, sewing samplers, iPod, iPad, laptop, etc.
While travel is exciting, regular meals can fall by the wayside. However, you can minimize the chance of getting caught with hungry loved ones by bringing snacks along. Non-perishables are best unless you’re driving and can bring a cooler. Healthy goodies that travel well include almonds, protein bars, soy nuts, whole grain crackers, peanuts, trail mix, dried fruit, turkey jerky, etc.
Allow enough time
Scrambling for trains, buses, or planes can be terribly stressful. Be sure to build in a generous time cushion, especially as some problems can’t be anticipated─like weather issues, tough parking, last minute tantrums, etc. Early is best! You can use the spare time to explore, people watch, or chat about upcoming plans.
Keep it safe
When leaving the sanctuary of your home, safety is paramount. Be sure to instill this─yet again─in every family member before you leave. Create a family plan of action in case the group gets separated, like designating a specific location to rendezvous. Also, provide kids of all ages with emergency contact numbers.
These tips should help ensure your holiday trip is both delightful and anxiety-free. Happy travels!