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Five Tips For Holiday Traveling

How to Ward Off 'Are We There Yet' Anxiety

With annual holiday periods being both happy and stressful times, it can be challenging to keep one's wits during any type of travel. 

Jim Berkeley, founder and CEO of travel agency Destinations & Adventures International in Green Hills, assures there are some tricks to staying sane during holiday trips, such as the following handful of tips.

  1. Preparation is key to successful travel experiences. If possible, travel a few days before the holiday rather than the actual day so you benefit from better fares and less chaos. Keep extra copies of important documents and details (passport, license, visa, ticket confirmation numbers) somewhere else besides with you. Have them on your phone, and give a copy to someone at your office or home. If you hit a travel snag, your contact can provide details quickly and efficiently. 
  2. If you check baggage, take a photo of your suitcase and keep a list of what you packed should your bag get lost and you have to file a claim. Make sure clothes are weather appropriate for where you're headed. Regardless, have a carry-on bag with a change of clothes, toiletries and medications so you have necessary items should your luggage get lost or delayed. 
  3. Send presents ahead of time, or give gift cards, to avoid being bogged down by the bulk in transit.
  4. Travel with your own snacks, such as nuts, granola bars, dried fruit and sandwiches. 
  5. Be aware, patient and polite. Everyone is trying to get home for the holidays, and 'tis the season for good cheer. Take note of your surroundings, leave plenty of time for check-in at airports and navigating traffic jams. Be calm and carry on by listening to your favorite music, taking deep breaths and knowing the travel will be worth being with family and friends. 

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