Christmas Travel Tips and Advice
A lot of work goes in to planning Christmas - shopping for presents, wrapping up gifts, sending cards, doing the big food shop and prepping the turkey... and this is all before the big day! So when it comes to travelling over the Christmas period, especially overseas this can potentially add an extra layer of stress and worry as there are extra things to organize such as hotels, flights and entertainment for yourself or the whole family.
At Christmas, there is so much more to organize and get ready, so what is the key to a stress free Christmas holiday if you're planning to travel? The answer is simply patience, lots of research and planning alongside following our top travel tips and advice below!
- Ensure you check the weather forecast before you travel to make sure that you can anticipate any bad weather such as snow or storms and pack accordingly. Check road works too to avoid any traffic jams or delays en-route;
- Pre-book your accommodation, airport parking, taxi, shuttle service and other holiday essentials within good time. It may sound very obvious but if you are left trying to find a taxi after you arrive at your destination, it may be harder to find one due to many people going to Christmas lunches, parties or doing their shopping;
- Checking in online is usually cheaper and has the added convenience of avoiding the long queues at the airport;
- Try packing using only hand luggage to avoid waiting at the carousel for your bags during this busy period;
- Make sure your passport is still valid and not due to expire, make sure you have a copy of this alongside all your other essential travel documents (travel insurance, hotel booking, car hire receipt, flight itinerary etc) and make sure that these are packed safely in your hand luggage;
- Make sure you purchase a good level of travel insurance and check that the cover limits for baggage, cancellation and medical expenses are suitable for your needs;
- Leave plenty of time to get to the airport. It's always better to get there a few hours early and grab something to eat while you wait, than being late and missing your flight completely! Complete disaster!
- If you are planning on doing some Christmas shopping while you are away, make sure that you take this in to consideration when you are packing by leaving enough room space and weight-wise. Consider packing a small travel weighing device that you can use on your way back too. This will help to avoid the nasty surprise of having to pay an airport fee if your luggage is too heavy.
If you are looking for more travel tips and advice you may be interested in our specialist travel guides including a packing checklist or choosing a destination.
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