This is a Guest Post by Thomas Milva
No matter what time of the year it is, people love to take a short vacation, escape for a couple of days and clear their mind. According to a recent TripBarometer survey, more than 33% of travelers are planning to spend more money on travel than they did the previous year. And not just because of rising costs – people simply want to enjoy themselves, unwind and spend a few days with their loved ones.
Naturally, traveling over the holidays can be expensive, busy and in some cases extremely stressful, however, the news isn’t all bad. Whether you escaping the city to relaxing, remote getaway, or heading home for the holidays to spend a few days with your family, there certain things you can do to ease some of the travel headaches and get some peace of mind during the trip.
1 Do the Research
This is especially important if you’re driving to your holiday spot, because if the traffic makes your journey overwhelming, you need to have an alternative route. Also, if you’re traveling with your kids, make sure to break up your drive by finding a few stops where your children will be entertained.
2 Download a Few Apps
A few days before your trip, you should definitely download a couple of good travel apps that will make your journey more comfortable. GateGuru, for example, shows the approximate time you’ll spend in security and Flight Status shows updates on baggage numbers and flight delays in real-time.
3 Avoid Public Wi-Fi
You have to be aware that not all free Internet is good Internet. When you’re out at the airport, you’ll surely find a lot of free, ad-hoc hotspot that hackers create to steal your personal data. That’s why you should always use a Virtual Private Network like NordVPN to encrypt and protect your information.
4 Buy Some Earplugs
Every airport is load. And airplane is even louder. So, how can you escape your surroundings, without doing yoga in public? You only need to turn the volume down, and the best way to do that is to buy a pair of earplugs and carry them with you on the airplane.
5 Get Snacks and Drinks
When you get too hungry, you cannot even think straight right? You don’t want to get distracted and get in the wrong line or take a wrong turn in the airport. Therefore, you should always pack a couple of snack and a few bottles, just in case. That way you will not have to rely on the over-priced airplane food.
6 Select Off-Peak Days to Travel
Whatever you do, you should try to avoid traveling on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, seeing how that’s the biggest (and worst) traveling day of the year in the United States. In this case, it would be wiser to leave early on Thanksgiving and try to avoid try to avoid the traffic. Speaking of early morning…
7 Travel Early
If you look at any flight statistics, you’ll clearly see that planes that take off earlier in the day (especially early in the morning) arrive on time more often. In addition, if an early flight gets canceled, you still have the option of booking a flight later that day.
8 Don’t Over-Pack
If you don’t want to spend an hour waiting for your bags on the conveyor belt, or you don’t want worry about your medication, you should try to pack as much as you can in a small handbag. As a matter of fact, try checking your luggage altogether if you can, but if you pack a lot of things, maybe try to…
9 Ship Your Bag
When it comes to luggage there are a couple of things you need consider such as, high checking fees, poor care and even theft. That is why you’re probably better off shipping your bags to your destination in advance. While this is not a most inexpensive option, it can save you a lot of time on your travel day.
10 Expect the Unexpected
Finally, the best advice we have for you is to expect everything. And this means that you should leave additional time before any flight, to deal with things like security and extra time between connections. If you’re traveling by car, make sure to bring chains for snowy conditions and a first-aid kit.
All in all, no matter how much stress you might experience during your trip, you have to keep in mind that you are there to disconnect from the ever-resent pressures of your everyday life. And that is why need to arrange a couple of things ahead – only by devising a strict travel and sticking to it till the end, you’ll be able to loosen up.
A vacation is probably just what you need to renew yourself, as a matter of fact, according to the latest version of the Virtuoso Luxe Report, 44% of people name this as the number one reason they love to travel. So just relax, and try to be present in the moment and live day by day. So instead of all of these small problems, concentrate where you want to go sightseeing, what you want to buy and where you are going to eat
That’s it!! these were 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel IN 2017, If you have any other tips in your mind then please do share it with us via comment section below