Holiday Travel Buttoned Up

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore

Whether by train, plane, or automobile, it’s very likely that you and your family will be traveling this holiday season. Sadly one thing is certain: you won’t be alone! During the next few weeks, it is estimated that over 38 million Americans will be traveling to reunite with friends and loved ones. So before you find yourself stuck in traffic or delayed at the airport, take a few moments and consider these tips as you plan your travel for the upcoming holiday season.

Sarah on “Lighten Your Load” “I will never forget the first time I had to travel quite a distance for the holidays. Trying to be the consummate guest, I packed all of the wrapped presents to take with me on a six-hour flight. Well, you live and learn! When I arrived at my destination (after a layover in Atlanta), I was presented with the seriously depressing sight of smashed gifts, as most of the presents had been roughed up in transit. The best way to avoid having your gifts arrive in less than perfect shape is to ship them ahead of time. Most shipping companies, even the USPS these days, allow you to choose a particular arrival date and track your precious package’s every move online.”

Alicia on “Kid Proof Your Trip” “No matter how bad the traffic or how long you are waiting in an airport, the situation could always be worse if your kids are unhappy during the extent of your travels. So if you want to avoid the endless “are we there yet” mantra, make a plan to kid proof your trip. To keep our four-year-old daughter happy during travel, we always give her something to look forward to. If we travel by plane, I put together a kid kit with new crayons, stickers, and coloring books for her to open up after take-off. If by car, my husband and I always schedule at least one “kid-friendly” stop, either to a scenic stop on the highway or a farmer’s stand to pick up some home baked goodies.”

The Big Haul.