of us, especially those who live far from close family members, travel over the
Thanksgiving holiday can be unavoidable. Everyone knows this is a busy time of
year to travel, so how can you make the experience as comfortable and
stress-free as possible?
Pick the right days
As The Travel Channel’s
website writes, “The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of
the year, closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear
themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home.”
Instead of the Wednesday
before and the Sunday after, the Travel Channel recommends flying out Monday,
Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning and heading home on Friday or the
If you’re visiting family or
friends in a location where you’d enjoy spending a few days’ vacation, you can
make the most of your holiday time by adding a few days onto the beginning or
end of your Thanksgiving trip, while avoiding tough crowds at the same time.
Plan for the worst
With winter coming right at
the tail end of Thanksgiving, weather can sometimes be an issue for
Thanksgiving travels. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather starting a few
days out from your trip, and remember even bad weather in a city between you
and your destination can mean a delayed flight.
Use convenient, low-cost parking
If you’re flying during the
Thanksgiving holiday, you may find that storing your vehicle could be expensive
and a hassle. A long-term parking garage near the airport could save you a good
deal of extra cash for other travel expenses (or Black Friday shopping!).
Some parking lots, like this long-term
parking near Oakland Airport, offer
online parking spot reservations, online coupons, real-time flight status
screens on-site, free and fast shuttle service, a full-service car wash and
even coffee, newspapers and muffins.
Don’t forget your chargers
“A whopping 92% of
respondents in our survey said they bring their mobile phone on trips, and 48%
said they bring a tablet,” wrote Mashable in a 2014 article, and that number
has surely only increased.
In addition to remembering
your regular charger, consider other options like external batteries, charging
phone cases and car chargers. A device can be a lifesaver during long trips!
Traveling can be stressful,
but remember to be polite and respectful to those you encounter on your travels,
both your fellow travelers and the employees of various establishments. This
will make for a more pleasant travel experience for you and those around you.
As USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh wrote last Thanksgiving, “Above
all, always try to show workers the same respect you’d want.”
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