Keep the “happy” in holiday travel

Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don't let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines at airports get you down.

Whether you're flying or driving, being prepared means you'll be better able to roll with the inevitable punches.

Try these tips to keep the “happy” in holiday travel:

Be An Early Bird

Make travel plans early. Particularly during the busy Christmas season, early birds have more choice of transportation options, and usually pay a better price than the holdouts.

Fly Flexible

Can you be flexible about seasonal travel plans? During a holiday period, the best day to fly may be on the holiday itself, when traffic is light. Busiest days are generally the day before Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Stay Informed

Bad weather, oversold flights or highway closures can all wreak havoc on carefully-laid travel plans. Fight back by staying informed of travel conditions. Check online travel sites or install smartphone apps to alert you to changes in travel arrangements. The earlier you know about travel issues, the easier it will be to find alternatives.

Packing Checklist

The distractions of the season can get in the way of efficient packing. To stay focused, create a packing checklist for each family member, noting all items of clothing and personal care needed for travel.


Remember What It’s All About

I know it can be stressful. I know money can weigh heavily on all of our minds. But it’s the holiday season. A time for you to forget everything and remember what’s most important: your loved ones, your friends and family. The people who have been with you through this crazy journey we call life. It will be crazy. It will be hectic. Try to stay present, try to stay in the moment and remember you are blessed. It’s the holiday season, and despite the hype, we should treat it as such.