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Holiday Travel Tips

December is one of the most popular times of the year for people to travel. Majority of the travelers are heading to see friends and family for the holidays, while others may be traveling for business or social events.

Between trying to arrange for time off of work, buying presents and organizing travel arrangements, the last thing you want to deal with is the stress that comes with holiday travel. This article will provide helpful tips to make your holiday travels more enjoyable.

Staying Safe this Holiday Season

Early is Key

Remember to book early for your holiday travel needs, whether it is a rental car, hotels, bus ticket, train ticket or flight. The earlier you book, the less hassle you will encounter and you will be able to secure the dates you want for your trip. You may even be able to secure advance seat assignments to insure that you are sitting next to your friends or family members. Some companies offer a discount for customers who book early during the holiday season. Keep copies of your travel information in a safe place, in case the originals are lost and have your original paperwork and an ID on hand to make going through security a breeze. As you travel this holiday season also keep in mind that patience goes a long way and that freaking out at airline employees won’t get you anywhere, but the security office.

Plan to arrive at the airport or station at least two hours early. There may be high traffic during this time of year around popular airports and stations. This way you know you have a time cushion if you run into traffic and can still make it on time for your departure. Make sure to confirm departure times before you leave, in case of any last minute changes. Departures are often delayed during the holiday season. Also, if you have people meeting you make sure to remind them to stay updated as well on your arrival.

Luggage 101

Try to travel light, especially if you are traveling by public transportation or taxi cab. With lighter bags you can easily navigate the crowded areas and not worry about lugging around heavy bags. Make sure to have several address tags on your luggage, one secured to the exterior and the other to the interior, in case the exterior gets torn off during traveling. If you have oversize items, such as golf clubs, skis or snowboards contact your travel provider ahead of time to determine their requirements and properly packed, so that you are prepared when you arrive.

As for carry-on baggage, follow your travel provider’s requirements. Sometimes planes can be full and extra carry-on baggage is required to be checked. Keep all of your important paperwork, medications and other essentials in your carry-on bag. This is very important, particularly if your luggage is lost and it takes several days for it to be returned to you.

Do NOT pack wrapped gifts in your carry-on bag or luggage. Wrapped items will have to be inspected by security and this will delay your trip as well. If you do need to bring gifts with you, pack them unwrapped in your bags, so security can tell what it is and then wrap them at your destination. You can also ship your wrapped gifts ahead via UPS and Fed Ex to your destination, so that you do not have to worry about getting held up at security.

Road Travel Success

For those traveling by car to visit during the holidays, go through a simple checklist to ensure a safe arrival. Have your car given a winter safety inspection, if you live in colder areas, including checking brakes, battery, fluid levels, tire pressure, light bulbs and other regular maintenance areas. If you a traveling a long distance it is smart to bring along emergency equipment, such as a roadside emergency kit (flares, jumper cables, etc.), first-aid kit, flashlights, blankets, bottled water and snacks. When planning your route take into account high traffic areas near malls, airports or major highways that may cause delays. Try to pack all luggage and gifts in a covered trunk or out of sight. If you are traveling with children bring games to help make the time go by faster.

If you want to avoid crazy holiday drivers think about hiring a chauffeured transportation company to pick you up and drop you off at your travel provider.  Aristocat Transportation can provide you with superior airport transfer service. Contact us today to book your holiday transportation!

Are you traveling to Detroit for the holidays? Check out our free eBook, the “Executive Guide to Detroit Travel,” which features valuable Detroit visitor information. Learn about popular hotels, attractions, downtown hot spots and more!



Posted on November 4th, 2013 in Useful Tips.

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