Traveling during the holidays can be a hectic experience. Many people are flying or driving to various destinations all over the world at one time, which can lead to major traffic jams and long wait times at airport security. Add to that the fact that the holidays are during the late fall and winter, so the chance for severe weather is always a possibility. Bad weather can lead to delayed and even cancelled flights, leaving people stranded at the airport for days. If you plan to travel this holiday season, there are some things that you can do to make your trip smoother.
1.Plan Your Flight or Drive for the Holiday
Most people fly or drive one to two days prior to the big holiday. If you alter your plans and leave the day of the holiday, you will be awarded with far less traffic and fewer people at the airport. For example, LAX airport parking will be a much easier task and you will not have to fight with people to get a seat to wait for your flight. Consider this option if you really want to cut down your travel time.
2.Mail Gifts Instead of Bringing With You
If you will be flying to your holiday destination but want to bring gifts for those you will be seeing, your best bet is to send the gifts ahead of time. Bringing packages on the plane can be quite a hassle. These days, most airlines charge for your checked bag, which means you may have to pay to bring the presents with you. This fee could be more than the cost of sending the gifts ahead of time. You also may find that any wrapped gifts you put into your checked bag or carry-on may be unwrapped by airport security.
3.Bring an Empty Bag or Suitcase
A fold-up bag or small duffel that is empty can help you to get your presents home without any stress. Preparing for presents leaves you with less worry about how to get your holiday gifts home.
4.Decide Where You Will Park Ahead of Time
Parking at the airport is a known hazard, especially during the holidays when there are so many people there. Decide ahead of time which lot you will park in and how to get there, best of all you can reserve your parking at LAX, SJC, or SFO. Look up the airport online and you should be able to find maps. Determine whether you will prepay with Airport Parking Connection to save time or whether you will pay after the trip. You can also reserve your spot if you want so that you can drive right to your spot quickly. Planning this is essential to having a smooth holiday trip.
5.Prepare for Delays
Whether traveling by plane or by car, make sure to allow extra travel time. Weather can cause delayed flights, closed roads, or a slow drive, so ensure that you are giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Bring a book with you and get ready to wait during holiday travel and just remember to relax. There is no need to add extra stress during the holidays by getting stressed out over something you cannot control.