There’s nothing like the nostalgia of heading home for the holidays. Unfortunately, everyone else feels the same, so the roads and airports will inevitably be crowded. With a little pre-planning, you can make your holiday travel time a bit more magical, and a lot less stressful.
Here are five tips to you help navigate the holiday travel rush.
1. Travel on Holidays
Ticket prices for flights are typically less expensive on holidays than the days leading up to or following them. In addition, airports and highways tend to be less crowded on holidays.
2. Add Extra Time
Roads and airports are generally more crowded during the holiday season. Add 30 minutes to 1 hour to all estimates of time needed to ensure you arrive at your destination on time.
3. Pack Snacks
Avoid getting “hangry” and keep your energy up by having a few snacks on hand. Throw in some foods that are easy to eat on the go like granola bars or nuts.
4. Stay Entertained
Bring a book, a small game or music to keep everyone occupied during the trip. Don’t forget to throw in chargers for phones and tablets.
At some point during your trip, it is likely that you may be delayed, rerouted or just plain stuck. Taking a few deep breaths will help you calm down, reduce physical tension, and promote mindfulness.
If you are planning to hit the road this holiday season, don’t forget to contact your Cole Harrison agent to review your auto policy to ensure you are protected in case an accident should occur.