Holiday Travel Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

Did the title of this article have you suspicious? Most people equate holiday travel with packed airplanes, crowded airports, inflated ticket prices and grumpy travelers.  If holiday travel has you feeling blue – don’t despair – it doesn’t have to be a nightmare!  Here are a few tips to help you get through the upcoming holiday travel season!

  • Fly During Off Hours – If possible, try not to pick the most popular flight times.  Flying very early in the morning or very late at night might strike you as inconvenient, but it will save you a lot of craziness that arriving at your destination in the middle of the night might just be worth it!
  • Be Polite to Airport and Airline staff – Remember that the good people working at the airports and for the airlines are doing their best and aren’t out to get you. Being nice and polite to these people could come back in the way of seat upgrades or perks.  Rude and angry behavior gets you nowhere.
  • Be Prepared To Wait – Bring diversions like a portable DVD player or oodles of books to help you remain stress free when things don’t go as planned. Plug in your iPod, chill out to relaxing tunes, and remember that you’ll get there eventually!  If you’re traveling with children, bring lots of diversionary items for them too,
  • Think About Security – You know that pockets full of change and keys will set off the alarms, so be nice to security personnel and your fellow travelers by not wearing objects that trigger alarms, remove your coat and jacket (before you are asked), turn off your cell phone and wear shoes you can remove quickly and easily!
  • Plan For Your Presents – If you’re organized, it might make more sense to shop your presents beforehand so that you aren’t stressing should your luggage get lost. Bring smaller items on with you – but make sure they aren’t wrapped!  Sorry, but you’ll have to finish your wrapping at your final destination!

It’s the holiday season and you might be a little stressed out, but try to have patience and control your anger. Relax, think ahead and consider these few tips to help you have a fabulous holiday season! After all, you don’t want to start the holidays off on the wrong foot!