The holiday season is officially in full swing and we are all gearing up for a few months of busy travel and fun with friends and family. We are hoping you are coming to visit us soon here on Venice Beach, Florida at Inn at the Beach! As you know December thru April is a busy time here on the island, so here are some tips for your travel!
1. Confirm your destination hotel reservations
Call ahead and make sure any last minute details are confirmed so when you arrive at your destination, there are no hiccups. Arranging car rentals and hotels can be a tricky thing, so making sure every detail is confirmed and set is a good idea to make your trip as smooth as possible.
2. Plan your travel days away from the peak travel days
You can avoid many headaches of travel woes and also save money by avoiding traveling on the peak days. Peak travel days are the worst! You’ve heard it before, but it remains true that traveling the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after — whether by air, rail or road — greatly increases your chance of travel woes. Consider adjusting your dates by even a day.
3. Extra time for travel is a must!
Depart from home far earlier in the day than you would at any other time of year, whether you’re starting a road trip or heading to an airport or bus or railway station. Wouldn’t you rather not be panicked if you run into traffic congestion, crowded public transit or long security lines? Relax and read or listen to music while you wait for your plane or train; take a restful pit stop if you’re driving.
4. Use the Airport amenities , services and extras!
Airports are trying to make travel less of a stressful hassle and more of an experience. Many terminals are amenity-filled malls, some with terrific art exhibitions, shops, restaurants and even spas and yoga rooms. Arriving three hours before a flight is a lot more pleasant when you know you can shop, savor a glass of wine, exercise or get a massage.
5. Reserve Airport Parking or get a ride!
With airport transportation having so many options, Uber, Lyft or even a friend or family member dropping you at the airport has major benefits! You can also schedule your pickup ahead of time 🙂 Airport parking often fills up during the holidays. But at many lots — especially private ones a short shuttle ride from the terminal — you can prebook, sparing yourself a mad scramble to stash the car before your flight takes off.
6. Have your boarding passes printed out beforehand or get the airline app!
There is no need to wait in line if you print out boarding passes at home, pull them up on your smartphone or get them at an airport kiosk. If you have an e-ticket, carry a printout of your itinerary. And if you’re checking bags, use the skycaps at curbside (remember to tip them generously).
7. Packing smart and efficiently will make travel much easier
Take only a carry-on bag, even if it means leaving an outfit or two at home. That sacrifice will save you time on both ends of the trip, and if your flight is canceled it simplifies scoring a seat on another flight.
8. Make a plan B
You can’t predict travel snafus, but you can make like a Boy Scout and be prepared for anything. If you’re driving, know alternative routes so you can adjust if traffic is bad. If you’re flying, know the alternative flights and connecting cities to your destination in case of delays or cancellations.
9. Pack some snacky snacks and entertainment
Take snacks, games, books, magazines, portable music or DVD players and other diversions to pass the time if your flight is delayed or you’re stuck in traffic. This is an absolute essential must do if you are traveling with kiddos.
10. Turn Your Phone Into a Travel Tool
Sign up with your airline to receive flight status updates on your phone, or load your smartphone with mobile travel alert apps from Amtrak or state highway authorities. Before leaving home, make sure your phone is fully charged and holds all the numbers you could possibly need, including family, friends, hotel, airline, rental car agency and credit card companies.
11. Plan your gifting strategy wisely
If you’ll be traveling by air, ship presents in advance or shop online and have them delivered to your destination. If you do take gifts along, make them small and packable, and don’t wrap them beforehand: Even if they’re in checked luggage, security personnel may need to open them for inspection.