Family and holidays go together like peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream, but sometimes it’s not so sweet. Long car rides and chaotic trips to the airport can take a toll on even the most experienced travelers. Take a deep breath, our travel advisors are here to help you relieve the stress. We’ve created this list of tips to help you travel with your family during the holiday season.
Planning your trip sooner is better. Most of us start planning big trips a few months in advance, but some of us put it off until the last minute. Don’t be a part of the last-minute crew! You can save yourself a lot of headaches and a lot of money by planning your trip and booking it well ahead of schedule. The travel site Hopper says that the best time to book your holiday flight is 4-8 weeks before your departure, and cheapair.com says that booking last minute can cost you $208 more than if you booked in advance.
Get the Entire Family Involved
Making your trip a team effort will not only take some of the responsibility off of yourself but also encourage the rest of your family to help ensure that the trip runs smoothly. Ask your nieces and nephews to pick out which movies they’d like to watch on the road trip, or let your siblings research a few scenic spots to see along the way. The more involvement you can create, the more your family will be emotionally invested in the trip’s success.
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, having enough entertainment for yourself and your family is crucial to a stress-free holiday trip. Load up the iPad, the books, and any other forms of entertainment you and your family enjoy. If you’re running low on ideas, Familyvacationcritic.com created a list of 12 games you can play on a road trip. Also, if you don’t already have one, consider buying a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. They all come with mobile apps that allow you to stream thousands of shows and movies from your phone or tablet!
Food, Water, and Break Stops
If you’re traveling by air or RV, you have the convenience of a restroom, snacks, and beverages at your disposal. However, if you’re flying, make sure that everyone uses the restroom before takeoff. Consider bringing some snacks of your own to avoid high-priced airline food (or having to eat 12 bags of peanuts). If you’re driving without an RV, it’s going to take a lot more planning. Research where the rest stops are along the way so you can plan when and where you are going to take a break. Some travel gas stations are also a fantastic place to stop and take care of all your essentials at once.
You’ve got this!
Your holiday vacation is one that you look forward to all year, and these tips can help you make the best of it. Start planning now. Book flights 4-8 weeks in advance, get the entire family involved, bring the entertainment, and stay alert for all travel gas stations!
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