Continuing with our post on joyful, stress-free travels – below are some additional tips to help you out this holiday season:
Before booking your trip check all passports, IDs and Drivers Licenses to make sure they have not expired. Keep all travel documents together and in a safe place but make sure you can access them quickly and easily when arriving to the airport, hotel, or rental car company.
It may seem like and unnecessary expense but unforeseen circumstances always seem to creep up. Don’t get stuck having to pay cancellation fees or shelling out big bucks for a whole new reservation. Think of travel insurance as investment in a little peace of mind.
As much as possible try to book your flight, hotel, and car rental well ahead of time and try to avoid peak days such as day before and after Christmas. Not only will this potentially save you money but it will also help you avoid the big crowds and traffic jams.
Non-stop flights can often be pricier but are often well worth the money spent. Having a direct flight means dealing with less crowds and lines, and less chance of your flight(s) getting cancelled.
If you will be driving to the airport, many off-site airport parking services and even large airports such a LaGuardia allow you to book in advance. By doing so you can save time and money and don’t have to worry about driving around looking for parking.
Most airlines now allow you to check-in online, usually 24-28 hours before your scheduled flight. Printing your boarding passes at home means you can go straight to the security check point at the airport. Even if you’re checking in bags, most airlines also offer either curb side or indoor kiosks to make checking in your luggage a breeze.
There is always that one person who seems to have a thousand coins in their pockets, shoes that won’t come off, two belts, and ten laptops. Don’t be that person. Prepare ahead of time and wear comfortable, easy to remove shoes; don’t pack your carry on with things that are not allowed; keep your pockets empty; and keep things such as laptops and cameras easily accessible. Doing so will not only ensure you catch your flight and don’t leave anything behind but will also help the security line move along quickly.
If you’re a frequent traveler or just really dislike waiting in long lines, you may want to considered applying for TSA Pre-check. This well help you “speed thru security without having the need to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids, belts, and light jackets.”
Global Entry is another great program for international travel which helps to avoid long lines at international checkpoints for those who qualify.
Things happen. Flights get delayed or cancelled; roadways get closed; traffic jams occur. It is just a way of life and there isn’t anything you can do about it. You can help prevent a bigger headache and alleviate the situation by having a back-up plan. Research alternate routes before you hit the road, look for a second and third hotel option, know what other airlines are flying to your destination and their times. Being prepared will always help in a stressful situation.
Remember what the holidays are all about – being with friends, family, and loved ones. You are not the only traveling nor the only one stressed out. Practice some deep breathing exercises, do some quick yoga poses, or listen to relaxing music. No matter what, try to keep calm and focus on the positive.
When you’re traveling by car the most crucial step is to make sure you have the right insurance coverage to protect yourself and your loved ones. Contact us today for a review of your auto insurance policy or to add additional coverage to your existing policy.