Ah, the holidays! Cheerful greetings. Happy smiles. Delayed flights. Packed buses. Surly cabdrivers.
Seasonal travel doesn’t have to dim your holiday spirit. We’ve put together a list of seven tips to ensure you remain smiling all the way to your destination.
7 Travel Tips for the 2016 Holiday Season
1. Plan ahead. Book early. Travel on off-peak days. Drive when others are sleeping. Book flights early or late in the day to improve your chances of arriving on time.
2. Consider all the factors, including your health and potential delays. Keep your medications at hand, including common over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Pepto-Bismol and allergy medicine. Bring along health information in case you fall ill. Bring snacks and water along. Dress comfortably.
3. Choose the most comfortable way of getting to your destination. Travel can be arduous for anyone, but it may become worse the older you get. If you’d rather drive a few extra hours so you can stop and stretch your legs instead of taking a plane, do it.
4. Keep money for tips handy. If you’re doing anything other than traveling by car, take along some money for tips. At airports, tip the folks who give you a ride on the shuttle and carry your bags. Tip the taxi or bus driver. Sure, you could get away without tipping, but you’ll get much better service if you tip.
5. Pack ergonomically. Even if you’re driving your own car, you may have to lift your luggage in and out of your vehicle, never mind the fun of stuffing your luggage into an overhead compartment on the plane. And trade that 25-pound hand bag for a cross-body bag or backpack. No, you won’t look silly. You’ll look sensible!
6. Ship your gifts. Don’t volunteer for the extra stress of bringing gifts with you.
7. Let others do the work. Take advantage of your age. Younger people absolutely love to help out older people. And you can ask them to do almost anything. Ask them to help you get your luggage out of your vehicle. Ask them to stow it in the overhead compartment. Ask them to change seats. If your blood sugar is getting low, they’ll even give you their food. You’ve worked hard all your life to get to this point, so let other people do the work now.
Well, not really.
You still have a lot to do in this world. Skeptical? “Continuing to Make Your Mark” is sure to change your mind about your valuable contributions.