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  • Writer's pictureStephanie West

Holiday Travel Tips

Updated: Jan 6

The holidays are almost here! Are you traveling during the holiday season? You may be heading to see your family or flying to the Caribbean to escape the cold. You are not alone. This is the busiest time of year for traveling.

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I wanted to share some holiday travel tips to make your travels merry and bright.

Tip #1 - Reservations, Reservations, & More Reservations

During the holiday season, you want to make sure you have reservations for everything. Be sure you book your reservations before you leave home. This can include your hotel, car rental, airport parking, dining reservations, shuttles, and more. Something as simple as making a reservation for airport parking will save you time and stress.

Tip #2 - Leave Lots of Extra Time

You are not the only one traveling this time of year, so plan ahead. Leave lots of extra time to get to the airport or to get from your hotel to your dinner reservation. Everything is super busy this time of year, so plan ahead and leave lots of extra travel time.

"You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida(Brave)

Tip #3 - Pack Light

We know this is a tough one during normal travels. Over the holiday season, you have the added Christmas presents. Ship your presents and toys, before you leave home. It actually may be less expensive than luggage fees.

In addition, packing light means you can carry on your luggage vs checking it. This can save you a lot of time, before and after your flight. Plus, you are guaranteed to have your luggage once you arrive at your destination.

If you do bring any presents in your carry-on luggage, be sure you do not wrap them. TSA security may unwrap them for you. Plan on having unwrapped presents and wrapping them when you arrive.

Tip #4 - Online Check In

Take advantage of online check-in for everything. You can check in online for your airline or your hotel. Online check-in is especially important for your flights this holiday season. The lines at the airline counters are going to be long. If you take a few minutes and check-in online, before you arrive at the airport, you could save you a lot of stress.

Tip #5 - Follow the Rules

If you are flying, double-check the current TSA requirements in your airport. Each airport is slightly different with its rules. At least, this is what we have found during our travels. Double-check the requirements for your airport.

The security lines will be super long. I have seen travelers get through the long line to find out they left a water bottle in their bag or they have a shampoo larger than the required amount. The TSA removed the item and then made them get in line to go through the scanner again. This does happen all of the time and can be super stressful. Be sure you follow the TSA rules, before heading to the airport.

Tip #6 - Get Up Early

I know this is your vacation and you want to sleep in. On your travel days, get up early. Most travelers are on the road during the day. Get up early to get a head start on all of the other travelers.

Finally, one of my best holiday travel tips is “go with the flow!” Things will happen during any travels. Just remember whatever happens will be something that you will laugh about during future holiday dinners.

Last but not least

Do not forget extra batteries to capture your moments for later and also, do not forget your patient pants! The holidays are busy, stressful, crowded, and so overwhelming at times. Try to not let things get to you, take a breath, and remember that you deserve all the beautiful memories untarnished by stress!

Cheers Friends & happy adventuring.

Contact me at 804-585-3143 or email me at to book your holiday vacation.

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