Typically, the words “hassle-free” and “holiday travel” are not synonymous, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. However, below are a few tips for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel season (and beyond) that just might make your holiday something to be thankful for.
When to Travel
It’s no secret that Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year, followed by the Sunday after Thanksgiving as the 2nd busiest. So, consider traveling to grandma’s house for her homemade turkey gravy earlier in the week and returning home the day after Thanksgiving – when there are far fewer travelers. Or even travel early on Thanksgiving morning to arrive just as the turkey comes out of the oven! Less stress, fewer headaches, and an overall better experience.
To avoid the long lines for checked luggage or waiting for your luggage at baggage claim once you arrive at your destination, consider a carry-on bag instead. And for those who haven’t traveled recently, be sure to familiarize yourself with the latest TSA regulations regarding carry-on contents and how to get through security swiftly and easily. With increasing airline fees for checked bags as well, these simple steps will save you time and money.
Off to the Airport
With the more than 50+ million people expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year, be sure to arrive at the airport in plenty of time. A minimum of two hours for domestic flights; three hours for international. Whether considering a reserved parking spot in advance, long or short-term parking, or arriving by private car such as Dav El | BostonCoach, planning ahead is key to getting through security, grabbing a snack, and making your flight without running through the airport like a track and field star!
Weather-related, crew or mechanical delays are out of your control. Should you be faced with one once you are at the airport, remember to stay calm, and instead of waiting on line with a gate agent representative, simply call your airline and rebook immediately. Chances are you will spend a great deal less time (with less stress) booking over the phone than in person at the airport.
Stomach illnesses like the norovirus are at peak during the holiday season, so wash hands frequently, carry hand sanitizer, and bring along some antibacterial wipes to use on the plane. Proper care will keep you and your family happy, healthy, and full of holiday cheer!
Whether traveling to be with family this Thanksgiving, or an island getaway for some rest and relaxation, these simple planning tips will surely give you something to be thankful for now and on any future travel adventures you may enjoy.