Getting Home for the Holidays, Made Easy
Posted On: November 15, 2017
Are you trying to get over the hills and through the woods to Grandma’s house for the Holidays? There are many ways to go about it, but you won’t know what’s the right way and what’s not until you’ve suffered through a travel nightmare. Luckily, we’ve compiled some handy tips for your Holiday travel, so you can stay merry the whole way through.
Compare & Contrast – With the advent of travel sites designed around price-saving, it’s never been easier to see all of your options. A half-day spent scrolling the internet can uncover the perfect path (and price) for you to take in your travels. When booking, be sure to plot connecting flights carefully by leaving a decent amount of time to get from gate to gate.
Leave Early – You may think getting to the airport will be a breeze, but if Murphy’s Law has any bearing, it’s likely to be two overturned 18-wheelers on your drive there, and several international tour bus groups in the security line in front of you. Leave early, and pack your schedule with buffer time. If everything goes well, great! You can kick your feet up and relax.
PRO TIP: Print your boarding pass out at home (or download the airline app/on-phone equivalent) to avoid an unnecessary line at the check-in counter!
Don’t be Afraid to Venture Off the Beaten Path – Get yourself a dashboard mount for your phone (or designate the passenger seat as Chief Navigator), and have your preferred map app going. If you start seeing more traffic jams and accidents ahead than you’d like, get off that route and get creative. A little adventure is better than a strip of parking lot for hours on end.
Don’t Stare at a Flat Tire Like a Turkey – Accidents happen. Even worse than accidents, are accidents in the middle of nowhere, with you having removed your spare tire from your trunk to fit the suitcases. Pretty big bummer. But fear not, there’s an easier way. Stream Roadside Assistance guarantees assistance with whatever you may need. All you have to do is call the toll-free number on your membership card and we’ll send a service truck before the call is even finished. So, you’ll be home for the Holidays, no matter what.
By Land or Air:
Avoid Peak Travel Days - You know the days: the ones that let you maximize long weekends without taking too many days off work. Chances are everyone else everywhere has had this bright idea as well. Leave before (or after!) that day to cut back on competing against other travelers to get to where you need to go.
Gifts, Not Baggage– If you do your gift shopping online, have the gifts shipped to your destination.
Travel Early or Late in the Day – This goes hand in hand with avoiding peak travel days: avoid peak travel times to avoid traveler congestion. Delays are less likely for morning flights, and airports generally unclog in the evening. For driving, consider when rush hour traffic would be for any cities you have to pass through, and plan accordingly.