Tips of the Trade

7 Tips for Holiday Travel

With the holidays quickly approaching, everyone will be traveling to visit friends and family. Holiday travel can be crowded, crazy, and even expensive!

So here are some things to keep in mind…

1. If you are flying, hopefully you have already purchased your tickets or are planning to soon. If you are thinking that you will reach out to someone for a buddy pass, think again! Using a buddy pass to travel is not the best idea. Wondering why? See my story : Passing on Buddy Passes.

2. If you live in, or are planning to visit a city with more than one airport, do your research. One airport may be cheaper to fly in and out of than another. Doing your research can go along way!  For example, flying into LAX is typically cheaper than flying into Burbank and flying into Long Beach airport is even cheaper. I’ve done it, so I know.

3. Sometimes going directly to the source is your best bet. Many airlines have cheaper tickets on their website rather than sites like Kayak and Expedia. Some airlines like Southwest don’t put their prices on those sites at all.

4. In case of delays or you just couldn’t help it and went the buddy pass route, make sure you have the following:  You should always be prepared, and have your own snacks, because airport food is super expensive!. In the event you forget, try apps like Gate Guru, to inform you of what there is to eat near your gate.

5. It isn’t all about flying. Look into taking the train, a bus, or driving. I have taken the bus to Washington, D.C. from New York on Christmas and it was inexpensive. Many buses now have Wi-Fi, outlets, and tables to make your ride more enjoyable. If you rent a car, check out

***Check out the new website WanderU that lets travelers compare bus and train fares***

Bus Travel
Bus Travel

 

6. It is beginning to look a lot like cold and flu season as well. Make sure you bring hand sanitizer, soap, and lotion to keep your hands, and face from getting dry after you wash them. Travel can take it toll on your skin! Stay hydrated and keep some Airbourne near by. A great place to get soap and lotions,to help your skin in all weather, go to www.OuiJeHandmade.com and  try out the whipped body butter and soap. They smell amazing, hydrate your skin, and even come in travel size!

7. Lastly keep in mind you’re not the only one traveling. So get to the airport early because TSA lines will be long! You can easily miss your flight trying to get from the TSA line to your gate. Depending on the airport your gate could be a good long walk away. Leave early from your house, I have had friends almost miss their flights because of car accidents causing traffic.

BIG CROWDS!!
BIG CROWDS!!

If you have any tips for holiday travel let me know below.

12 Comments

  • AC Mims

    THe only thing I would add is to look into last minute deals on cruises. Many cruise lines are trying to unload unsold cabins and you can get deep discounts.

    Reply
  • Jamila

    I’ve never traveled for the Holiday’s, but I can just imagine how crazy it is. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  • Allison Jones

    Great tips. The airports can be so hectic during the holidays, so I would probably NEVER want to fly on a buddy pass in fear that I wouldn’t get on a flight! It’s great that you pointed out other means of travel besides by plane. Living abroad, I’ve come to love the train and wish we utilized it more in the states.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    Reply
  • Kita Bryant

    I have never traveled for the holidays but we are planning on going to Disney world or do a cruise within the next two years so we need all the tips so we can be ready.

    Reply
  • Bree

    This is great! Im keeping my eye on a southwest fare to chicago. I forget they don’t post on other sites so I almost missed out! Definitely shared this with my followers!

    Reply
  • Antoinette Cain

    Very informative post. Thanks for adding the info about buddy passes.

    Reply
  • BeFree Project (@BeFreeProject)

    All my family is in the same city so I never travel for the holidays. However this is a great list and I’ll definitely share this post with my traveling friends.

    Reply
  • mimicutelips

    Great tips, I try to avoid major travel during the holiday season. I imagine it to be something like Home Alone. I can handle a road trip but that’s it.

    Reply
  • Jonna

    Fortunately all of my family lives in the same area so I don’t have to travel. But I’ve considered traveling elsewhere during my time off from work but I’ve always been worried about traveling during the holiday season for these reasons.

    Reply
  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    These are really great tips! Thankfully, we don’t typically travel during the holiday season since both sides of our family are in the area. But I have so many friends who are not as fortunate, so will definitely have to share (especially the train/bus site)

    Reply
  • Tyra

    Funnily, I have actually found Burbank to be cheaper or the same as LAX lately. Go figure! I just wish more airlines flew into Burbank!

    Reply
  • Jaye

    Good tips. I would add travel light. No one wants to be lugging a bunch of luggage around.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: