A report from the AAA shows around 112.7 million people are likely to travel between December 23, 2022 and January 2, 2023. Have you got your holiday travel plan in place? If you’re waiting until the last minute, here are a few survival tips that could save you time, money and a big headache.
If you haven’t yet booked your transportation for Christmas, don’t panic. While the prime time to book flights is long past (September), there are plenty of less popular destinations that may still offer good deals on flights. Nontraditional Christmas getaways will offer cheaper flights, accommodation and shorter lines at the gate.
Another option is finding a holiday closer to home. Is there a nearby town or city you’ve always wanted to visit, but just haven’t had the time? Now’s your chance.
Do you know what beats a delayed flight? A lost checked bag. Mitigate risk this holiday season by skipping checked luggage and opting for carry-on, only. It’ll save you time, money and stress. And if you’re planning on packing gifts for loved ones, leave them unwrapped, just in case a TSA agent gets curious about what’s inside.
Finally, as Covid-19 and other flu and respiratory illnesses continue to run rampant, and the CDC has reissued its recommendation for wearing masks in public, the most important tip is to stay safe and healthy. Whether that’s practicing social distancing until meeting high risk family members, or getting your flu shots, make sure your happy holidays are also a healthy one!