Next week is Thanksgiving and millions of Americans will be traveling to spend the day with family or friends. The process will be repeated again for many a few weeks later for Christmas and New Year’s gatherings.
Our family is no exception as we have travel plans for both holidays! For everyone involved, holiday travel can be a challenge due to the volume of travelers and weather. There’s no guarantee, but you can better your odds with these tips.
Schedule Travel Days Carefully
Whatever you do, don’t travel the day before or after the holiday. The roads and skies are at their busiest. Add any problem to the formula (weather for example) and it can mean big delays whether at an airport, train station or on the highway.
Give Yourself Extra Time
If you’re one of the people who arrives at the airport or station only 30 minutes before takeoff; you need to change your routine for holiday travel plans. There will be longer lines to park, check luggage, and get through security. Any delay can mean missing your flight and with planes overbooked you probably won’t make it in time for turkey.
Be Picky About Layovers/Routes
We most likely won’t be taking the most direct road driving to the Midwest next month. That’s because it goes right through Denver where Winter weather can be as tough as a composite door. The Southern route might be longer but it’s unlikely to have a blizzard.
Be just as mindful when booking flights. The best option is a nonstop flight but if you must change planes, try to avoid cities that regularly have problems such as Chicago or Denver.
We won’t decide which highway we’re taking in December until a day or so before we leave after checking the latest weather forecasts. You can’t be that flexible with air or train travel, but you can change how you celebrate.
Instead of having Thanksgiving dinner in November avoid the holiday prices, crowds and weather with a celebration in the spring or summer. Another idea is to change the destination for all. We’ve taken cruises with our extended family so we all enjoy the warm Caribbean and no one has to cook!
Whatever you decide, safe travels to you and your loved ones. What are your holiday travel tips?