November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012
Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you been having a very safe and great weekend. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

This next week starts the big holiday season so today I thought I would blog yesterday and today about ideas on how to survive traveling during the holidays since so many of you will be traveling over the next six weeks.

Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don't let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines get you down. We're giving you tips to survive the holiday travel season without a Frosty the Snowman size meltdown.

Ship gifts or give gift cards.
TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them, as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. Ship gifts ahead of time or bring the gift that canít go wrong: gift cards to their favorite store or an Amazon card.

Travel on off peak days.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year and can also cause you the biggest meltdown of the year. A better option is to leave early on Thanksgiving Day and avoid the record traffic the night before. Same goes with flying: if you fly on the actual holiday itself youíll be avoiding the long lines and hoards of travelers.

Travel early or late in the day.
Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. And if your flight is cancelled, you will have the option of taking a flight later in the day. Also, there will be fewer lines at security. Best time to hit the road? When every one else is asleep -- early morning or late at night. You can always take a nap when you arrive at your destination or on the ride there (if you arenít the driver, of course).

Plan for the unexpected.
Have only a half hour before connecting to another flight? Traveling to Rochester, NY, during snow season? Think ahead and plan accordingly. Leave extra time before flights to deal with security, extra time between connections and, for road trips, pack tire chains for snowy conditions, flashlights, and of course, a few band-aids never hurt either.

Inhale. Exhale.
The overly friendly person next to you on the plane, the missed connections, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway? All of it will make for great stories over dinner when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much of a tradition as pumpkin pie and regifting.

Hope these tips from my blog today and yesterday help you get through your holiday travels a little easier so you can enjoy the holidays!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab