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Minimize the holiday stress with these travel tips

Holiday travel tips for less stress 2019

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that we are in the heart of the holiday season. This time of year is full of family events, packed travel schedules and great food. Along with all these good things can come with stress. Whether you’re traveling to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner or are planning a grand adventure overseas for Christmas, our holiday travel tips for 2019 are sure to come in handy.

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There are a variety of things you can do to make your travels less stressful and more enjoyable this holiday season.


1) Expect to wait

You are bound to encounter long wait times if you’re traveling this holiday season. While you can’t control how long you wait, you can control what you do during that time. Is there a book you have been wanting to reach or a new hobby you have been longing to research? This is the perfect time to start learning.

2) Leave early

This is essential. The more time you give yourself to travel, the better.

3) Plan your route in advance

Are you traveling to your in-law’s house for Thanksgiving? We recommend planning that route a day or more in advance so there are no last-minute worries about where you need to go.

4) Consider shipping gifts

Trying to fit your Christmas gifts in your carry-on luggage can be a real challenge. Consider skipping that hassle and shipping gifts to your loved ones. You can also ship items to designated US Postal Service buildings too.

5) Snacks, snacks and more snacks!

This is perhaps the most important tip of them all. Whether you’re flying or driving for the holidays, staying well-fed and hydrated is essential. We’re not talking about cheap raisins and peanuts. Bring your favorite candy, soda or snack. It changes everything!


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It’s okay to say “no” to holiday parties

Perhaps one of the greatest stressers for families is the pressure to “do it all.” There can be a pressure for each member of the family to make it to every event and celebration. One of the best ways to prevent a stressful holiday is to determine what you physically, emotionally and mentally can do. And sometimes, you just have to say “no” to making plans. Sometimes you might even have to cancel plans. And that’s okay! Determining what logistically makes sense is essential to making the holiday season less stressful.

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