It’s the second week in October, and Fall is in full swing. As the leaves begin to change color, the air temperature slowly begins to descend as winter looms in the future. Holiday season is upon us, and its just a matter of time before the Halloween decorations in the store shelves are quickly replaced with Turkeys, Pilgrims, Snowmen and Santa Clause (Sadly these are already being seen and it is only October 11th). Being in the Travel business we know this means one thing, here comes the busy season. Infamously known as the worst traveling days of the year, booking a flight on Christmas Eve or the day before Thanksgiving is viewed by many as a fate far worse then eating year old fruit cake.
Don’t panic, Luggage Base is here to help! We know that hectic careers, coordinating busy schedules, and jam packed flights are all on the horizon so let us pass along a few tips and tricks to help you out. We wish you Good Luck, and as always Travel Safe!
1) Plan in Advance
If you are reading this and do not have your flight booked yet, stop what you are doing, pull open another tab, go to your preferred airline’s website and book your ticket immediately! Not only will this save you hassle and stress, it will save you tons of money. Flights are like stocks, as demand rises so does the price. By booking early you save money, and you get a better pick of possible flight times. So the early birds can be sure to get their 6 AM departure time, and the night owls can have first crack at great deals on Red-eye flights. Be sure to check your airline’s carry-on policy, having a spacious wheeled carry-on that fits airline standards can save you money on a potential surprise bag fee. Save time, save money, plan ahead.
2) Over estimate time
Now I must ask you to be honest with yourself, do you power walk to your gate, never stopping to shop or chit chat? Or do you go at your own speed, checking out all the cool and exciting things a major airport offers? Whether you are the first, second, or a nice mix of the two, plan about 45 min to an hour of commute time for each stop on your trip. Driving to the airport, Getting through security, catching a connecting flight, each portion of the trip offers a potential chance for a major delay and ultimately a chance to miss your flight entirely. Be sure to always error on the side of caution, even the most efficient, savvy, and well seasoned traveler, is not impervious to a sudden security stop or broken terminal system. Isn’t it better to relax and read the newspaper while you wait versus sprinting through a busy terminal, we think so.
3) Muphy’s Law, Sudden Delays
If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. Delay’s are the sudden, frustrating, and impassible roadblocks on what could have been an otherwise very pleasant and memorable trip. Nothing is worse then being at the final connection stop, minutes from boarding, when you suddenly, you hear that due to sudden snow storms your flight is being delayed 4 hours! Being prepared for these sudden changes with a smartphone or computer charger and turn a travel nightmare, into the perfect chance to catch up on some emails. MP3 Players, Smartphones, handheld video game systems, each is designed to fit in most Laptop Backpacks and Briefcases, and each is a great option to pass time. Not a big technology aficionado, always have a book or magazine handy and take advantage of the extra reading time that you rarely have in your busy schedule. Always be prepared with something to accompany potential time, any type of mental stimulation can be the difference between a good travel experience and a miserable one.
4) Your flight has landed, what now?
You’re flight has just landed, you are jet lagged, you are tired, and you are not done yet. Always be glad you planned ahead and secured your travel arrangements prior to landing. Secure your luggage with name tags or bright colored ribbons to ensure no one takes your luggage by mistake at Baggage Claim. Be able to quickly identify your luggage so you can get in and get out without doing laps around the baggage belt. Save money by having a family member pick you up and avoid the excessive taxi fees charged by airport shuttles. OR, if you plan on renting a vehicle, have the rental process completed and taken care of prior to the travel day to avoid unwanted stress and save time. Ensure peace of mind by being prepared before you approach the rental service, have the vehicle picked out and paid for so you only need to grab the keys, sign off on the release and get going.
5) Round Trip, always the best option
With all the excitement that goes into planning a trip to see friends and family, we can understand that you may have overlook a few minor details. Always be sure to plan your return trip at the same time you plan your initial trip to avoid any unwanted issues, we recommend Round Trip Tickets to avoid confusion. If flying a different route home, get familiar with the connecting airport to avoid missing your connection. Always be sure that you have everything planned, and be sure that your trip coming back runs just as smooth as it did on the way there.
Thanks for choosing Luggage Base, we hope that this was helpful and we gave you some great ideas in scheduling your Holiday travel plans. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe experience this holiday season, Travel Safe!