The holiday season is all about being surrounded by those you love most. For some of us, that means traveling back home. We all know traveling during the busiest times of the year can be stressful. Luckily, there are plenty of tips to help lower the anxiety. Here are three ways to make your travels easier this holiday season.
1. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead can reduce traveling stress and get you the best and lowest prices. When it comes to airfare and rental cars, booking at least thirty days out is ideal. Instead of using a discount travel site, trying calling hotels directly to request early bird specials to save money too. If you do find yourself on a travel site, try selecting a package deal on airfare, hotels and car rental to reap the greatest rewards. Lastly, if you start planning far enough in advance, you can even try to find a family member who is open to hosting you during your holiday visit.
2. Pack Smartly
To ensure you pack your most important items, while avoiding extra baggage fees or overloading the car, packing smartly. Consider the number of people traveling, how long your trip will last, the weather and even what you will be doing while there. To eliminate stress, try to pack light and bring only the essentials. But if you plan to bring a lot of items (or want to stay organized), use compression cubes to save space in your luggage. If you can’t ship holiday gifts ahead of your trip, try packing your gift wrap and gifts separately, as not to damage your decorations during transportation.
3. Keep Your Holiday Cheer
During the holidays, people are under a lot of pressure and trying to get to their destinations in a hurry. Be mindful and use the spirit of the season as an excuse to spread cheer. Practice being kind and patient with those you come in contact with along the way. Engage in friendly holiday conversation with those seated next to you. By entering your travels with the mindstate of selflessness and positivity, you reduce your own stress levels and brighten your outlook (even when adversity comes your way). Simply having the proper perspective will make your trip so much easier.
Spending the holiday season with family and friends can be an enjoyable experience. Getting there safely and in good spirits is half the battle. If you will be traveling, use these three tips to make the trip easier, then get ready to share plenty of love, laughter and fun.