Five Timesaving Travel Tips for Every Season

Five Timesaving Travel Tips for Every Season

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and as the number one travel holiday of the year we thought we'd revisit some helpful tips and reminders for business travelers and anyone who might find themselves struggling to stay calm and arrive at their destination on time. This time of year, the change in travel schedules, crowds, prices and all the other hassles of everyday travel can increase tenfold. In fact, AAA believes that nearly 51 million Americans will be traveling over the holiday this year, the most since 2005. And, being prepared for a substantial increase in fellow travelers is key to navigating the holiday season, so we have put together a list of some helpful reminders for this busy week.

Whether you're catching a flight or headed out on the road, keep these travel tips in mind to make sure your holiday goes off without a hitch:
  1. Take some extra time – The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always the busiest travel day of the year, and even Thursday morning can be extremely busy as well. Of course, business travel doesn't typically afford the luxury of dictating a schedule. But if you can take a few extra days and plan to fly out on a Monday or Tuesday, this way you should be able to avoid the massive crowds that build up on Wednesday. This also goes for the trip back, many people often wait to head home, with traffic picking up on Saturday and peaking on Sunday. Putting the return trip home off until Monday will help you avoid the rush back as well.
  2. Don't forget about traffic – Holiday travel doesn't just impact airports, the roads can quickly turn into parking lots as people hit the road for Thanksgiving. Before heading out, remember to use GPS to track the best routes and avoid traffic jams. Also, be aware of any weather conditions that may be impacting your area, as it could cause even longer delays. Even if you are going to be flying, try using public transportation or schedule an Uber, Lyft or taxi ride to the airport. The easiest way to avoid the holiday traffic is to avoid the roads entirely, but if you need to head out, see tip #1.
  3. Arrive early – This is a simple one, but for Thanksgiving it's especially wise to pad your arrival time even more so than normal. When traveling for business during the week, leaving 2 hours should be enough time to get through quickly, but around the holidays it makes sense to arrive 3 hours early due to the much longer lines.
  4. Pack for carry on only – With all the additional travelers this time of year, long lines and countless delays will be the norm for the day. Baggage claim is one area where delays can really add up, so packing for carry on is a key step to avoiding headaches on Thanksgiving, and anytime. Even though overhead space will be at a premium, it is best to pack light so that you can get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible.
  5. Prepare at home – Before leaving the house, make sure you get some things in line for the trip. Be sure to charge all your portable electronics as a lot of planes do not have outlets, and any free outlet at the airport is as good as gold. Additionally, make sure to check in for your flight 24 hours ahead of time, which will help you avoid long lines at the check in kiosks.

Thanksgiving travel is unlike anything you'll see on your standard business trip, and these tips can help reduce hassles no matter when you're traveling. It's always a good idea to plan around the delays that you will face and the lack of amenities and responsiveness that an airline, car rental or hotel may be able to provide during the holidays. Remember, this is a busy, stressful time for everyone so take a deep breath, use these tips and good luck. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Certify.