Holiday Travel Tips
With the holidays fast approaching, we want everyone to remember to stay safe and well this holiday season. With that in mind, we know how hectic and discouraging holiday travel can be, so enjoy our tips for having a safe, hassle-free (or at least hassle-less) holiday season.
Travel Early or Late in the Day
Consider the time of day that you are traveling. Whether you are flying or driving, you will avoid crowds by traveling at odd hours. If driving, just make sure to stay safe by having a back-up driver or being prepared to make a sleep stop if you are driving late at night.
Prepare the Day Before
Have as much as possible ready to go the day before. Get gas. Even if just driving to the airport, crowds at the gas station can put a damper on your travel schedule. Pack up the car. Don’t waste time packing the car in the morning. If you must, leave out one bag for all of your last minute items that can be packed quickly.
Ship Gifts to your Destination
Save space in the car or avoid extra baggage fees by shipping gifts to your destination ahead of time. The same goes with gifts you receive while traveling. Or, save money by doing your holiday shopping after you arrive. If you are flying and must bring gifts with you, use gift bags instead of wrapping paper. It’s not uncommon for wrapped gifts to be opened by security. You could always just buy a custom song as a present.
Remember, Make Reservations Early
And we’re not just talking about Hotel and Flight reservations here. Even long-term parking facilities and pet kennels fill up fast.
Make sure you have plenty to do while you wait, especially if you are traveling with kids. If flying, bring books, music, cards and other games to keep you busy. If driving, consider audio books in addition to the above to entertain the family together.
Always give yourself more time than you think you will need to reach your destination. The holiday hustle and bustle is crazy enough without the worry that you will miss your flight or be late to your mother-in-laws dinner party.
Bring your Own Food
Remember snacks in the airport or on the road can get expensive. Bring your own to save time and money. But remember, no drinks if you are flying. You’ll have to bite the bucket and purchase that bottle of water after you get through security or wait for the in-flight service.
The easiest way to save time and money is to stay somewhere close to home. Consider spending the holidays with close friends if you can’t make it out to visit the family. Or if you are one for taking a vacation for the holidays, find a great local spot where you can celebrate without breaking the bank.
Whatever your holiday plans, make sure to spend them with the ones you love. From all of us at Butterfield Ranch Resort, have a Wonderful Holiday Season!