In early November, we are at the cusp of the holiday season. Halloween just ended, next up things start in earnest with Thanksgiving.
Known as the most traveled day of the year in the United States. In 2014, it was estimated just under 45 million people traveled on and around Thanksgiving.
So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that traveling for Thanksgiving can be a bit of a nightmare. Traffic, flight delays, hotel over bookings, you know the drill. We’ve all been there.
The good news is there are things you can do to help reduce the amount of headaches and stress you’ll see during your travel this Thanksgiving.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the stress of travel is to plan ahead. The earlier you can book your flight, rental car, and hotel room the better. As the month progresses, the prices will generally continue to rise.
The same goes for your method of travel. The vast majority of travelers on Thanksgiving are driving. Because of that the roads, highways, and tolls are usually clogged in and out and cities as everyone heads out. See if you can beat the traffic by leaving the day before, early in the morning, or later at night. That should help you beat the rush.
No doubt you’ve spent hours waiting in an airport or on a highway due to a delay. Once that delay starts, things can quickly go downhill. People, especially if you’ve got kids with you, can get cranky and that’s no fun.
Instead, bring some supplies with you in a small backpack. That can mean a couple of bottles of water, and some granola bars to tide everyone over to the next rest stop. It could also include a few coloring books, tablet, or gaming device to keep the kids distracted when time starts slowing down.
Be a Smart Flyer
At the airport is going to be where most of your delays are likely to happen. The best thing you can do to avoid this is to do as much as you can to get yourself ahead of the game, both at home and at the airport.
So pack light, see if you can get by with just a carry-on, be prepared with your bag for liquids and other supplies. Virtually every airline will allow you to check in 24 hours before your flight, do that to ensure you don’t have to wait in line or at the kiosks. Also see if you are eligible for TSA pre-check, it can be a massive time saver.
It’s always the little things that are forgotten about, and of course it’s those same things that can put a damper in your holiday travel, especially when you’re driving to your Thanksgiving destination.
Make a checklist of things you’ll need, don’t pack at the last minute, that’s when things like chargers get forgotten. Also, make sure your car is in good working order. Fill up the tank before you go, and get an oil change, especially if you are going a distance. Also check the weather, it’s not unusual for snow or heavy rains this time of year.
Follow some of these tips and your Thanksgiving travel might just be a lot smoother this year than in years past. Have any of your own travel tips? Let us know what they are in the comments!