Tips on festive season travel

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017:  Insuremytrip offers tips on how to make your festive season travel easier on your nerves and more stress free.

Airports are definitely a pain-point during festive seasons. No matter how big they are there is just not enough space when everyone decides to drop tools and head for a holiday at Christmas and New Year.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid the stress and craziness that occurs at airports during the holidays.

Plan buffer days and avoid peak flight times.

Yes. You could save some vacation days by leaving the day before the holiday and returning the day after. But why risk it? Give yourself an extra day or two when you’re traveling during a major holiday. Those extra days could be the difference between a travel delay or a trip cancellation.

Avoid extra stress by picking flights at odd hours. Sure, getting up before dawn is rough on everyone. You’ll be happy when you fly through security rather than face long queues during peak hours.

Ship your holiday gifts before you leave.

With luggage fees these days, you’ll be happy you don’t have to check an extra bag (or check a bag at all!). Although it’s not always the case, you could probably even save money on airline fees if you ship your gifts prior to leaving!  This is great for domestic flights as you can ship gifts ahead of time on tour buses that have a cargo service to the destination you are visiting. Or in Thailand you can use the postal service, remarkably efficient and they will deliver to the hotel.

Double check what you packed in your carry on!

Double check that bag! So many people get caught at the security checkpoint with large size shampoo bottles, Swiss Army Knives they keep on them and even bottles of wine they were planning on gifting to someone.

It happens. So avoid losing your belongings and your temper. Review the airport’s guidelines for carry on items and be sure you don’t actually need to check that bag!

Monitor your flight information and traffic reports.

Nothing adds to the stress of holidays more than the timing of arriving to the airport. Do you go two hours early?  What time do you need to leave your house? There are several smartphone travel apps that can help you with all of these questions. In Bangkok consider three hours as a guideline for leaving home.

Be sure to check the traffic reports and be aware of what time you’re traveling to the airport. If you have to travel during rush hour – add an hour  to the transfer time to the airport. Also, you can check the current wait time for security checkpoints at the airport you’re traveling through.

Bring your holiday cheer wherever you go.

If you are ready for delays and grumpy people, you will probably find that traveling through the holiday season was easier than you expected. Travel with a smile and a light heart. Download your favourite songs and carry your headphones. When all else fails, you can fade into your favorite playlist to escape it all.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.