Travel over the holidays can be an extremely stressful situation. Not only do you have to organise for travel during the busiest time of the year, you have to take gifts and contend with the extra stress of everyone around you.
Plan your travel in advance
Preparation is key when it comes to travel at Christmas.
Ensure you plan how you’re going to get to where you’re going in advance. If you’re planning to take public transport to an airport or back to your hometown, leave early. It’s likely other people have the same travel plans as you so it’s important you give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going.
This is much easier to do if you’re catching a flight as you’ve likely booked a flight well in advance of the Christmas Travel peak. You’ll need to plan your path of travel to the airport in advance to ensure you don’t miss your flight.
Pack everything you need before you need it
Ensure you pack for your Christmas travel at least a few days before you leave. If you need anything extra or simply forgot that last minute gift for Uncle Bob you’ll still have enough time to brave the crowds and get it before you actually need to have everything packed. This also gives you the opportunity to remember to pack anything you might forget in your first try at packing. Less of a reason to forget your hair straightener and end up looking like you don’t have your life together back in your hometown.
Take care of yourself
Don’t forget to take care of yourself when you travel. You’ll feel all the better for it. Remember to moisturise, especially if you’re flying long distances. Take your vitamins, ensure you work out and get enough sleep.
Even though you’ve travelled for Christmas you can still take time out for yourself.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
The fact is, with the volume of people travelling for the Holiday season something is bound to go wrong. Ensuring this doesn’t ruin your Christmas is important. If it’s something small, don’t worry about it and it could always be worse.
Take a deep breath and move on.
Enjoy yourself, it’s Christmas!
The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself so you can enjoy everything there is about Christmas. Whether you’re in a car driving for eight hours or if you’re on a long distance flight going through an airport with thousands of other people ensure you enjoy the little bits of Christmas Magic. A peppermint latte at Starbucks or a special Christmas treat on the plane. Enjoy all of the small things so your spirits are high for when you reach your destination.
What are your best Christmas travel tips? Let me know in the comments below!