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.
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