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December 03: Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Nearly 63% of Americans plan on traveling for at least one holiday this year. Wherever you’re going and however you plan on getting there, this busy season can bring extra travel-related challenges. From weather changes to price surges, it’s important to prepare early if you plan on traveling this month.

  • Pick the best route. The fastest route may not be the best one for your needs. What will traffic look like? Are there enough pit stops on the way? Remember to check for road closures and construction before heading out.
  • Prepare for the weather. Ensure your vehicle has proper gear for whatever kind of weather you expect to encounter. Double check that you have easy access to your insurance information. You can learn more about holiday safety here.
  • Bring plenty of snacks and entertainment. Avoid frequent gas station or fast food stops by packing your own healthy treats. Especially if you’re traveling with children, having games for the road can help prevent boredom.
  • Avoid peak travel dates. One of the most expensive travel dates of the year is the Sunday after Christmas. If possible, leave early and return late to avoid crowds.
  • Expect the unexpected. Head to the airport early due to long security lines. Additionally, weather changes can wreak havoc on your itinerary, so consider travel insurance in case you can’t fly. For more advice on planning for flight setbacks, check out this article.
  • Start early next year. If you can’t avoid the busiest travel times, researching airfare as early as June or July can help you get the best prices.
  • Check travel requirements. Continue to check CDC and TSA guidelines for COVID regulations. If you plan on traveling with kids or pets, visit airline and hotel websites for guidance on what is and isn’t okay to bring.
  • Make your home is taken care of. Have you hired a pet sitter or asked someone to check your mailbox? If you plan on traveling for an extended period, consider having someone housesit or installing a security system.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to breathe! Remember to take care of yourself and try a resilience booster for a quick recharge.

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