It’s that time of year again, time to pack up and see the family! For everyone that lives a passport-stamp away, that means booking tickets and traveling with the hopes of making it to your final destination with your bags in hand. So what can you do to make sure that your holiday travel is both easy and comfortable?
Seven Travel Tips for your Next Holiday Vacation
- First of all, make sure that you check your flight status hours in advance. There is nothing worse than getting to the airport to find that your flight has been delayed! We find FlightStats an important resource that will track flights and give you up-to-the-minute information on your flight.
- Next, use Google Maps to find out what the traffic patterns will be like and if there will be any delays on your route to the airport. Think, should I re-route to avoid traffic?
- Make sure that all of your bags have been weighed and that you have minimized the number of bags you’re planning to bring. You may want to check the associated fees with your airlines as some are now charging for carry-ons as well. We found that Airfarewatchdog.com has a helpful chart where you can find information on domestic and international baggage fees.
- You’ll also want to look into travel insurance that offers baggage delay, trip interruption, missed connection, lost baggage, travel assistance, emergency medical expenses, etc. The Trip Cancellation Insurance is an important preventative measure before embarking on your holiday vacation.
- Before getting on the plane, be sure that you have “just in-case” clothes with you if bad weather bogs you down. Small bottles that fit in a quart-size bag can also be used to hold toothpaste and other essentials as your emergency travel kit.
- Make sure that you have proper identification on your bags that are sealed for security purposes and convenient if lost.
- Lastly, once you’re in the airport about to board the plane be sure to buy a bottle of water. There is nothing more uncomfortable then being delayed on the plane without being properly hydrated. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, you can also pack an empty water bottle and fill it up at a water fountain.
Happy holidays from all of us at International Citizens! Safe travels – Boy voyage! Ciao! Salaam! Wiedersehen! Au Revoir! Bless! Snakkes!