Thanksgiving travel is typically synonymous with jammed-up roads, busy airports and an all-around hectic experience. Whether visiting friends and family for the holiday or getting away, there are a few tips and tricks to having a less-stressful family travel experience.
Look for Bundles
By booking a trip with a one-stop-shop travel site such as Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia and countless others, you can really cut down on planning and stress. Depending on your travel needs, check out trips with flight, hotel and car bundled together and get maximum savings as well as the peace of mind you have all of your bases covered.
By comparing flight times, prices and availability early, you’ll have more options and prices to choose from. Compare and contrast before buying, but don’t obsess. Choose the best time and price for your family and stick with it. Going back and forth over a few dollars here and there can delay the process and add stress.
Make an Itinerary
Depending on your children’s ages and travel style, be sure to keep a detailed list of where you need to be and when. The last things you need are last-minute surprises and late arrivals to the family dinner. If you have family picking you up at the airport, be sure to give them a copy of your itinerary and help them, help you. With all of this said, prepare to be surprised as anything goes with holiday family travel. The important takeaway is you enjoy your time away with family and don’t get too wrapped up in minutia.
Travel on Thanksgiving Day
Can’t get out of the office early? Don’t stress. Traveling on Thanksgiving is not as popular as the days leading up, making prices and crowds far more manageable. Stay in on Black Friday and enjoy quality time relaxing, or opt outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with family. The slower pace and fresh air can help lower stress and recharge for the next family meal.
Break Away for the Weekend
If you’re in a new area or visiting home after a long time away, take advantage of the long weekend and explore. Getting out to do your own thing can help clear your mind and add another level to the trip. If you’re traveling for vacation, take time out to call extended family back home and share in the memories with them even while you’re away.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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