As the winter holidays are coming up fast, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll handle traveling during these busy times. If you haven’t already made your plans, you’re probably going to want to make some decisions before it gets too late. And although staying home with your own family can be enjoyable, spending these special times with extended family or friends can be great as well. So if you still need a little help with the planning and preparation for your travels this year, here are three tips for traveling during the winter holidays.
Know The Best Days to Fly
The days leading up and following certain winter holidays can be crazy for traveling. So if you’re someone that wants to either avoid crowds or get the best prices, it’s good to know what days to avoid traveling, especially if you plan to fly. According to Ed Hewitt, a contributor to Smarter Travel, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a busy travel day, and so if the Sunday following Thanksgiving. For Christmas and New Year’s, a day or two leading up to the holidays and the weekends before and after are usually the busiest. While these days might be the most convenient for you regarding taking time off work or school, just be prepared for airport madness if you travel on these days.
Keep Your Phone Charged
Regardless of how you plan to travel during the winter holidays, you’ll want to be as prepared for potential bad weather as you can. If you plan to drive through winter weather, you’ll want to be able to contact help if something happens on the roads. And if you’ll be flying, you’ll need something to help you pass the time or distract you from the hours you could be sitting at the airport or on the plane. For these reasons, Katia Hetter, a contributor to CNN, recommends always making sure your devices are charged and that you take any opportunity to give them an additional charge.
Have A Plan If Bad Weather Happens
Bad weather can affect all types of travel plans, and the last thing you want is to be stranded at the airport or on the side of the road when you should be celebrating the holidays with your loved ones. Knowing this, it may be a good idea to have some backup plans in case bad winter weather ruins your hopes of traveling. To do this, Wendy Perrin, a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, recommends strategically picking hub cities with mild winter weather and always checking how the weather is affecting either your flight or the road conditions. Although staying home can be a bummer if you had other plans for the holidays, it’s better to be safe at home than stuck in bad weather.
If you’ll be traveling for the holidays this year, use the tips mentioned above to help you do so safely and successfully.