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Traveling during busy times of the year can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few basic tips, you can have a memorable vacation during holiday travel. The following tips will help make your travel experience a little easier.

Start Planning Early

The biggest key to getting your holiday trip off to a good start is to plan early. This will give you the most flexibility when choosing flights, sleeping accommodations, and activities you want to do during your vacation. Start looking at airfares and make your reservations in the early fall for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The earlier you book, the more choices you’ll have for flight times. However, you might not always get the best price. But it’s a balancing act because booking earlier might not mean cheaper flights. This means that if you can be a little flexible with your flights, you might score cheaper tickets by waiting until later in the fall to make your reservations. 

Pack Carefully

Your destination will determine the kinds of clothes you need to pack. However, you want to have enough clothes and supplies to last your vacation, but not so much that the airlines charge you extra for bags and/or weight. Here are some other considerations for packing.

– Will you have easy access to a washer and dryer? If so, you can pack fewer clothes.

– Will you be attending any formal holiday parties or eating at restaurants with a dress code?

– What kind of activities will you be doing on your vacation?

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Holiday travel can be stressful, so patience is key. Leave for the airport earlier than you normally would, especially for travel during Thanksgiving and Christmas. You might be sitting in the airport longer waiting for your flight but that’s better than missing your flight. Plan on arriving at the airport 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours before international flights.

Also, be ready for flight cancellations and delays. Winter weather during the holidays can be extreme. There’s also the chance of mechanical problems, crew shortages, and so forth. A little patience during holiday travel can go a long way.

Consider Buying Travel Insurance

Stuff happens. You or a family member might get sick. You might get stranded away from home. Or you might have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Travel insurance can give you some peace of mind knowing your travel expenses will be reimbursed if your trip is interrupted. There are different types of travel insurance, so it’s important to study each plan carefully to know what it does and doesn’t cover.

Have Fun

The most important part of all is to have fun. While travel can be stressful, especially during busy times of the year, you can still make the best of it. Whether you’re gone for a weekend, a week, or an extended vacation, the memories will last a lifetime.