How to De-Stress Holiday Travel
Oh, the holidays. The tinsel is strung, holiday music is playing, lights are sparkling. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless of course, you have to travel. Stress around the holidays can sky rocket, making the wary traveler a bit warier. So, how do you combat the stress of holiday travel? Take a page out of our book, we are experts after all. Here are our tips for de-stressing holiday travel.
1. Book Early
Nothing makes travelling less comfortable and more stressful than unnecessary layovers. If you can’t avoid a lay over, try to make it as quick as possible. A quick layover will get you back up in the air ASAP without too much time to dwell on your nerves and anxiety. Booking early gives you the ability to select from a wider variety of flights, this way you have a better chance of grabbing a flight that better suits your needs, and ideally, is direct.
2. Take the time you need
This is no time to be stingy with time off. As a nervous flyer, make sure you are avoiding peak travel days. The peak travel days are typically one or two days before the major holidays. If you give yourself an extra cushion of time, you will be able to breathe easier knowing you have a bit more flexibility. Giving yourself a few extra days will also help you to avoid the craziness of crowds and overwhelmingly long lines.
3. Plan Ahead
If flying is a big stressor, you do not want to pile on to your stress. Check off all other boxes in your life to the best of your ability. Give yourself a deadline to complete all of your holiday shopping, wrap up any loose ends at work, dissolve any withstanding conflicts, and pack your bags in advance. Feeling stressed about other aspects of your life will only increase your flight stress. Keep yourself as calm as possible.
4. Get there early
Rushing through the airport in a Home Alone style dash is the opposite of calming. Depending on your climate, snow may be a factor in your travel time. Give yourself ample time to get to the airport. The usual recommendations are to arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of time for a domestic flight and at least 2 hours before an international flight. Our recommendation? Give yourself an extra ½ hour during the holiday season. Worst case scenario? You fly through security and have time for a snack!
5. Be Prepared
No matter where you’re flying to your holiday destination, don’t forget your Timid Flyer Survival kit. With your travel staples like: headphones, your favorite media, favorite snacks, and sleep aids, your travel will be a piece of cake, and you will arrive in your holiday destination before you know it.
The holidays can be a difficult time for travel, however, don’t let them ruin your holiday spirit! Take your time, plan ahead, and prepare. If you need a bit more of a boost combatting your nerves, let FlyHome help you with our variety of course offerings. Learn more here.