Going Places For the Holidays

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

Tis the season to be global

DESIGN | REBECCA BIUNDO

DESIGN | REBECCA BIUNDO

By: REBECCA BIUNDO AND KENNDRA ROBERTS

With the holidays peeking around the corner, plenty of people choose to venture away from home for their dose of holiday cheer. These tips will hopefully reduce the chaos for a more tolerable adventure.

Avoid Traveling 

on Peak Dates

Most people who plan to travel for Thanksgiving usually head out before the actual holiday; Tuesday or Wednesday, prior to Thanksgiving. These two days are usually known to be the “cheaper” days to book flights on, but this is completely opposite during Thanksgiving. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year in airports. Traveling on that Thursday, or Thanksgiving Day will prove to be much more ideal. There is a smaller crowd and most airlines offer lower rates! Also, for those who plan to drive, there is less traffic late at night or early in the morning.

Book Early

Do not wait until the last minute to book your flight. Travel fare increases by the day as the holiday approaches. Planes tend to seat fewer and fewer passengers these days and travel during the holidays has a high volume. Do not run the risk of not being able to find a flight.

Pack Light

Avoid checking bags altogether if possible. Airlines typically allow a carry-on bag free of charge, contrary to the rising fees of checking luggage. Skipping baggage claim can make for a more speedy arrival.

Smaller Airports

During the holidays, a busy airport is one of the most hectic places travelers can find themselves. Flying out of a smaller airport versus the main airport can greatly benefit the traveler. They tend to have less crowds and better rates.

Check Weather

Whether you are more prone to the friendly skies, the great road, or train tracks; weather is always a key factor in travel. Be aware of the weather in the departure city as well as the destination. Travel times, delays and traffic are all affected by changing weather so being aware will ensure schedules will stay on track.

 

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