This will be our second year heading off on vacation over the holiday season, and I can’t bloody wait. It’s such a fantastic time to travel, and for Connor and I, it’s one of the few times of the year we can fully shut off, and take a good chunk of time away from work. However, the holidays can be stressful enough to begin with, without adding travel into the mix, so here are our tips for travelling over the holidays.
Book your flights in September (and if you can, be flexible with your dates).
It seems all the major airlines have BIG sales in September, making it the perfect time to book your Christmas getaway. On top of that, travelling on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day is always significantly cheaper! We flew to New York a couple of years ago in Premium Economy on Christmas Day, and home in First Class on New Years Eve and payed £900 for the two of us – you’d never see those prices any other day. Added bonus – the flights tend to be really quiet, maybe a quarter full!
Be as organised as humanly possible.
Getting ready for Christmas is stressful enough, but adding travel and time off work can make it worse. When you know you’re going to be heading away, get planning how you can get ahead with work, holiday shopping and general to dos. Try and get your Christmas shopping done early, delegate any work you can, and organise things like a food shop for the day you get home!
Manage expectations with family and friends.
We’re lucky that our family are super supportive of our Christmas getaways, but I have friends who aren’t as lucky. We’ve always found the ‘we’ve decided to travel this year to make the most of our time off work, but we’d really like to spend some quality time with you on this day before we go’ to do the trick with any hesitation.
If you’re travelling with gifts, don’t wrap them!
Or better still, buy them out there. I’ve lived the Christmas gifts unwrapped by airport security nightmare, and it’s not good. Take wrapping with you (or if you can’t be bothered with traveling with it all, go for the gift bag and tissue paper combo – easy!
Have you vacationed over Christmas before?