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Don’t Get Delayed! Travel Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

11-19-2013 8-41-05 AM

Packing your bags for a seasonal family visit? Holiday travel is notoriously frustrating, but there are a few things you can do to make the experience a little more pleasant. The following five travel tips will help you maintain your holiday spirit by making your travel plans less stressful.

Buy Early – Travel fares ascend as the holidays approach. The faster you book, the less you’ll pay, especially if you schedule your trip on non-peak dates, which provide the best deals and thinnest traffic.

Don’t Drive to the Airport – Airport parking rates skyrocket around the holiday season due to increased demand. If possible, take a shuttle or taxi to the airport; or, ask a friend to give you a ride.

Arrive Early – Seasonal travel madness produces extra-long lines at airport security stations. Be sure to arrive early to avoid risking a mad dash for your departure gate.

Don’t Wrap your Gifts – It may seem like a good idea to get your wrapping finished early. Sadly, you may have to do it all over again if your package nabs the attention of TSA personnel. Instead of wrapping your presents, bring the materials with you and do it once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Book on the Actual Holiday – Most people prefer to arrive at their destinations before Thanksgiving and Christmas; however, you can really save a bundle by flying out on these non-peak days. When considering this travel strategy, weigh the benefits of arriving early against the amount of money you’ll save by flying in on the actual holiday. Depending on your financial standing, it might make sense to take advantage of the savings.

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