Tips for Planning Your Holiday Travel
Summer is over and Fall is in the air. The holidays are just around the corner. If you are thinking of traveling during that time of year, now is the time to start planning. The earlier you plan, the better the deals and the smoother the trip. Here are some tips for planning your holiday travel.
Avoid peak travel days: The most popular travel days around Thanksgiving are the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Traveling on these days will likely be more expensive and extremely crowded. If possible travel several days before Thanksgiving or traveling on Thanksgiving Day will likely be easy and have fewer lines. Try taking an extra day and come back on Monday after Thanksgiving or early and return on Saturday.
Get to the airport early: Even if you are able to travel on off-peak days, airports may be busy and lines will likely be long. Be sure to arrive extra early for your flight to allow plenty of time to get through security. Parking lots are also likely to be full so you may have to park further away. Or better yet, don’t drive yourself to the airport. Take a taxi or have a friend drop you off.
Don’t pre-wrap gifts: If you are traveling by air during the Christmas holidays and plan on exchanging gifts on your vacation, don’t wrap the presents before traveling. TSA will likely unwrap the gifts as you go through security. Pack your gift wrap and wrap when you arrive at your destination. Or use gift bags so you can be prepared ahead of time and still get through security.
Plan ahead: There are always those last-minute details that you forget or don’t leave enough time for. Put all the phone numbers you will need for travel in your phone a few days before leaving. You will need to have the numbers to your hotel, the airline, friends or family and your travel agent handy in case you run into any trouble while traveling. Make sure your phone is fully charged. Gas up the night before to avoid having to make an extra stop on the way to the airport.
Look for special holiday offers: The Tropical Travelers has a number of great offers specifically for travel during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Below are the amazing deals you won’t want to miss out on. Contact us soon to be sure to reserve your rooms during this peak travel season and let us help you plan your perfect holiday vacation. Call us at 1.800.479.0949 or visit our website for more information.