Thanksgiving travel tips for families so that you aren’t stressed while you should be having fun.
Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel tips of the year, is just around the corner. Whether you are traveling to see family, or taking advantage of the school vacation days to go on a family vacation, there are some important Thanksgiving travel tips that you’ll need to follow to make sure that you aren’t too stressed when you should be having fun. Here are my top tips:
Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Yes, the roads are always busy during the Thanksgiving break, but flying can be difficult too. If you can drive to your destination, it’s a good way to save money on flights and rental cars.
Be Flexible with Schedule
If you can travel during an off-peak time, consider it. It can often be easier to leave on the morning of Thanksgiving, rather than the Wednesday before. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is also a busy time. If you are driving, consider leaving early in the morning or later in the evening. Remember that it’s likely you’ll deal with delays.
Leave Lots of Time
Whether you are flying or driving, leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination. If you are flying, remember that security lines are likely to be very long. It’s always better to be a little early, than to be racing to catch your flight.
In addition to being thankful, Thanksgiving is about being together with your family, and being on vacation is a great way to experience that. Enjoy your time together as a family – without the stresses of cooking and cleaning. If your kids are older and do their own thing on vacation, be sure to schedule some time together as well. Even just a family dinner can mean so much.
Keep the Important Traditions
When we travel over Thanksgiving, we sometimes forgo the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. But we still maintain the important tradition of going around the table and explaining what we are thankful for. Think about which traditions are important to your family, and then be sure to follow them in the best way possible.
Anyone traveling during the holiday season needs to have a healthy dose of patience. Prepare your kids for potential delays, and be prepared yourself.
Minimize delays by being prepared. If you are road tripping, pack snacks and food so that you don’t need to stop frequently during your trip. Bring along lots of entertainment for the kids as well as for yourself. If you are flying, try to pack everything in your carry-on bags so that you don’t need to spend time checking bags and waiting in baggage claim.
Are you traveling over Thanksgiving? What are your top Thanksgiving travel tips?