Whether it’s to visit family, escape the cold, or head to a new or favorite destination, the holidays are a magical time of the year for a vacation. Unlike other trips, holiday travel is all about the destination, not the journey. We say this because 'tis the season for higher fares—no matter your mode of transportation, travel congestion, inclement weather, flight delays, grumpy kids (adults too!) and the least favorite... lost baggage. Here are a few ways to make your travel as stress-free as possible.
Our travel agents will tell you booking early is the best way to get the most value for your budget. Booking early offers more than just a better price—it will also get you a better room selection for your hotel, resort or cruise. Some plan a year in advance to ensure they get the room, flight and itinerary they desire.
Traveling a day or two before or after the peak travel dates can make all the difference, believe it or not. Instead of heading out the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, leaving a couple of days before, on December 21st or even on Christmas Day could help alleviate a lot of your travel woes. Just think, there is a better chance for cheaper fares and less crowded airports.
Benefit from Payment Plans
Check to see if your airline, hotel, or cruise line will allow you to book with some money down and make payments.
Warmer is always better during the holiday season. Destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico or Disney are always popular for the holiday season. Try spending your getaway in places like Budapest or Prague instead. European gems like these have all the charm of top destinations with excellent food, amazing architecture and holiday spirit.
Consider Getting a Travel Insurance
We recommend this for most major trips we book with our clients, but holiday season is a great time to err on the side of caution. With all the unpredictable chaos surrounding travel like weather, flu season, lost baggage or even flight cancellations—it may be a great idea to protect yourself with travel insurance.
Now that you’re past planning your trip, here are a few things to keep in mind when it’s actually time to travel: