The Jakarta Post
Avoiding peak travel days can make or break the experience of arriving at your destination. (Shutterstock/File)
Thanksgiving is here, which means possible airline discounts and packages for travelers with wanderlust.
Here are some things you should remember when it comes to traveling for the holidays.
Peak travel days
Avoiding peak travel days can make or break the experience of arriving at your destination. On Thanksgiving, those days tend to be on Tuesday and Wednesday, and for Christmas this year, Friday and the Saturday before could be peak travel days, according to Reader’s Digest.
Flying to a holiday destination itself could mean less competition for flight tickets, and prices tend to be lower. Booking early could mean more air traffic, but a cheaper price.
Be mindful of the weather
The weather is also something that could make or break your trip. Cloudy days can obscure fantastic views, snow and heavy rain could delay flights, among other things.
Checking the weather before booking a flight could increase your chances of getting to your destination. It could also ensure that you get the best experience for any tourist spots you are hoping to hit.
Consider flexibility for airports and destinations
Large and well-known airports mean high air traffic and a high possibility of getting stuck with the rest of the holiday tourist crowd.
Less well-known airports tend to be less crowded and could possibly offer other benefits such as lower prices and extra seats that you might need when you are traveling with companions.
Changing your destination could also open up opportunities to see lesser known tourist spots. Exploring your options could add to your holiday trip instead of hindering it.
Pack smart, physically and mentally
Being careful of what you bring could mean bringing more than enough, just enough, or packing light, depending on the type of trip you are planning to take. Items such as medication, your phone, glasses, and anything you think is essential while not on holiday, could be something you should keep with you even on vacation.
Things such as hand sanitizer, travel-sized alcohol, toiletries and the like could also mean a comfortable trip, wherever you are going and how you can get there.
As for yourself, things such as taking care of your body, having enough sleep, and accepting what you can control and cannot could also be beneficial, according to a short list by Reader’s Digest. Being patient when plans go wrong or being ready will see to it that your holiday will not go to waste.
Be as flexible as possible
Remember that despite all the preparations and insurance, there will always be the chance of things not going the way they were planned to. Delayed flights, and or cancellations, traffic jams to a tourist spot, can all potentially ruin a trip. Having alternatives for your destinations, targets, and desired airports could save you from wasting a holiday, such as local events not advertised to travelers.
Holidays are always the busiest time of year to be traveling. An influx of travelers and last-minute delays or changes does not necessarily mean that your holiday plans could be ruined, as long as you are mindful of how to travel comfortably and stay mindful and flexible. (acr/kes)
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