The holidays can be some of the most stressful times of year, even without the added stresses of holiday travel and other commitments you may have. But it doesn’t have to be that way! In this blog post, we’re sharing how to travel during the holiday season without losing your mind, as well as giving you tips on making your travel time productive, enjoyable and relaxing all at the same time!
Let’s get started! Here are our top 6 tips on how to travel during the holiday season without losing your mind.
Choose your travel dates carefully
Traveling during the holiday season can be stressful, but you don't have to go crazy. Make sure you have a plan and know what you're getting into before you go. Bring supplies like books or movies to keep yourself entertained when you need a break. Pack as light as possible so that your bags are easy to manage. And finally, try not to overbook yourself on holiday travel; it's okay if you stay home some of the time!
Book your tickets in advance
The earlier you book your flight, hotel, or rental car, the cheaper it is. You should also consider booking a round-trip ticket in case you change your mind at the last minute. A few days before the holiday season begins, I recommend booking any activities that you want to do while traveling. That way, if there are any changes in schedule due to weather or other unforeseen events, you'll still have time to make adjustments accordingly.
To travel light, pack clothes that can be mixed and matched. Even if you're traveling for a week, there's no need to bring more than 7-10 shirts with two pairs of pants or skirts/shorts, plus a few casual dressy tops. For shoes, bring one pair of go-to walking shoes (sneakers are perfect) and one pair of dressy shoes.
Stick to a budget
It's tempting, but don't plan on spending more than you have. Keep track of how much money you're spending and try not to exceed your budget. Cut back or omit a few things from your shopping list for gifts so that you'll be able to afford any flights and hotels that are necessary. Buy non-perishable items when possible so that they'll last until after Christmas. Plan ahead: If there are any possible destinations in mind, it might be wise to start planning now by looking up airline fares, hotels in the area and transportation options available.
Don't overschedule yourself
Since you are probably used to traveling a lot during the holiday season, it's easy to overschedule yourself and be overwhelmed with all of the new places you want to see. To avoid getting overwhelmed, try scheduling in downtime every day where you can relax and recharge. These days will help you stay sane and enjoy all of your travel plans.
Enjoy some down time
Traveling during the holiday season can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. To make your trip more enjoyable, you should try and take some down time. Plan a nice dinner with friends or family before you go, turn off your phone for a few hours, or take a walk by yourself. There are many things you can do to unwind. You'll find that traveling will be much easier if you don't arrive at the airport in an exhausted state!