Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be filled with good food and great company. However, getting to that Thanksgiving dinner can be quite stressful. From the planning, packing, and actually traveling with every other person trying to arrive to their turkey dinner on time, this wonderful holiday can leave you feeling stressed rather than full from turkey. So while you plan your Thanksgiving travel, here are a few tips to help you save your sanity and just enjoy the holiday.
Be flexible with your travel days – While no one wants to be stuck in holiday traffic or long lines at the airport or train station, it seems that is par for the course when it comes to holiday travel-but it doesn’t have to be. If you are hitting the roads for Thanksgiving, try traveling on a day that will be a little less crazy. Most people travel on Wednesday-the heaviest traffic is Wednesday after work- so if you can leave the Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving or even Thanksgiving morning, you are less likely to hit the major holiday rush. The same goes for the days you are returning. Most people head home on Saturday. If you can travel on Friday or Sunday, you are less likely to hit the majority of the traffic. You will still have some traffic, but you will miss the heaviest times.
Make Parking Reservations – Did you know that many airport parking lots take reservations? It’s a little known fact, but it can come in handy when holiday travelers are looking for spots that are inexpensive yet still convenient. Contact the airport you will be flying from and see if they offer reservations or parking services. On the day you travel, you will be glad you called ahead.