While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also one of the busiest time of the year when it comes to travel, and to a lot of people, the most stressful time of the year too. But fear not, I am here to give you tips and tricks in how to navigate the travel side of things like a pro.
- Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Whether you are doing a short trip by car, public transport means or a long haul flight you might have to add extra time on your journey. Besides the fact that the roads are super busy at this time of the year, there could be diversions, accidents, roadworks, industrial strikes and the like. Airports and all the main train/ bus stations are at their busiest and then, add in Christmas weather in this mix. The earlier you can plan for and accommodate these variables, the more you will look like a winner.
Part of preparation is making sure you are well packed and have got whatever documents you need for your trip. And don’t forget those Christmas presents! In short it’s gonna be busy no matter where you go so plan for it. Have everything planned out, down to the last detail.
2. Every one remembers the McCallisters!
If you are travelling with young ones, you must must MUST have some sort of entertainment for them or something to keep them occupied. With all the activity going on and how busy it is everywhere, your little ones will want to ran around and will start to feel tired and agitated from all the waiting around. It’s imperative that you know there whereabouts at all times. Let’s avoid the ‘Home Alone’ situation please people! 🙂
3. Spread love and good cheer.
Don’t walk around like scrooge! Over the last few years, I’ve pretty much traveled for the holidays and everywhere you look, every one is in a rush, every one is on edge, tempers are short and people won’t think twice before cutting you off in the line. Be different, be kind, sow mercy and don’t hold things against people. Be kind and offer a smile most especially to the people that are serving you e.g airline staff, car rental staff, hotel staff and most retail staff because they are taking a hit from all sides. So, don’t be scrooge, the world has enough of those. Instead, spread joy and cheerfulness and good will…..even to those who are rude to you and don’t deserve it.
4. Take care of you.
Take some entertainment with you. Should you have to wait for un- expected long periods of time, you don’t wanna be that guy pacing up and down the airport, huffing and puffing. If you are in a situation where there’s nothing you can do to change it, take a breath and wait it out. You want to make sure you’ve charged your phone and have got a phone charger with you, have a book or whichever way you prefer to get your entertainment. I know these suggestions seem childish but you have no idea how much people flap when they are planning trips, especially trips around the holidays; believe me I’ve seen it!
5. Be security aware
Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when people are prone to burglary and theft. Thieves like a time when people are busy, rushing and destructed. Secure your belongings, don’t let your bags out of your site and be security conscious. If need be have insurance for your valuables/ home or holiday.
6. Practice gratitude
The one tool I always use whenever things are not going well or as planned is gratitude. Gratitude helps to change me, helps to change my focus and attention so I am not looking at the small picture. I will be honest though, when you are upset and your mind is working at the speed of a 1000 Gazelles, you will have to consciously make it stop yapping, be quiet and find things to be grateful for. I’ts important to note that the thoughts we think and the words we say are what will help you out of any unpleasant situation.
7. What it’s all about.
At the end of your trip is hopefully a good holiday/ family time waiting for you. If you focus on that, you will be a happy traveler instead of one who dreads it. So, enjoy the journey.
Have safe travels every one and happy holidays