Traveling During the Holidays

Ok. let's face it...NO ONE wants to travel during the holidays.If you are like me you don't like the hassle nor do you like the novices/amateurs flying. You know the ones, the people who stand in line talking about whatever nonsense until it's their turn THEN they begin to scramble for their paperwork instead of being ready.

I don't want you (my loyal LOLA reader) to be one of the amateurs we laugh about...so here are a few tips to help you "be prepared"

1. A Pen. A writing instrument can be more important than gold during your travels. Whether using it to finish the latest USA Today crossword or for my favorite use...FORMS and arrival cards. Pack it now, thank me later.

2. A FOLDER OR FILE with itinerary. Yes I know it can be a pain, but it will safe you time in the long run. Especially with international travel. When you are de-boarding a plane in most countries you have to fill out an "embarkation card", and it is TONS easier when all the info is available at your fingertips.

3. A carry on with your essentials. I don't care how many times you read this on my blog and others...HEED MY ADVICE...all it takes is one incident of lost luggage.  Better yet...pack LIGHT.

4. CONNECTION is key. Stay in the loop.  Grab the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and GateGuru gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Decided to ditch the airport, and get on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with GasBuddy and SitOrSquat.

5. Pack some snacks. Seriously, no one likes a Hangry traveler

6. Choose wisely...the day you travel. The actual day of the holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or NY Day are the better days. less traffic) Also, try to either, as early as possible (ie FIRST flight out) or late in the day. The middle is NO Bueno.

7. Breathe. You wouldn't think you need this reminder but trust me on this.

Happy Trails

K