Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

December 20, 2017 11 By EngineerMommy

This is a sponsored post written by me for Extended Stay America. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine alone.

Millions of Americans travel during this time of year. Amid the hustle & bustle of shopping for gifts, decorating the house and preparing holiday menus, it can seem like an overwhelming time to get on the road. However, with the right tips, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Keep reading for my smartest travel tips during the holiday season.

Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Avoid peak days!

If possible, try to schedule travel during off-peak days. Traveling when the roads are packed or the airports are jammed results in delays & frustrations for everyone. Keep your calm by choosing less-popular days and relish the quiet!
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Leave extra time!

Be early and avoid the panic that results when you are about to be late. Whether you’re trying to catch a plane or arrive at grandma’s house in time for dinner, always give yourself enough of a time buffer to make sure you arrive on time.

Choose the right accommodations!

When it comes to making holiday travel easy and stress-free, the right accommodations can make all the difference. We have stayed at Extended Stay America locations and have always had a great time. The properties are always clean and inviting.
In fact, if you’re doing any travel this holiday season, be sure to take advantage of a special promotion (Reindeers Stay Free! No Pet Fee!) going on at Extended Stay America locations. Save up to $200/pet at Extended Stay America with code MPETS. Book through 12/31/2017.
Santa wouldn’t go somewhere without his reindeer, so neither should you. Bring your pet along for the adventure at Extended Stay America locations. The complimentary breakfast and comfortable, spacious rooms always ensure a wonderful stay!
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Pack on the light side!

Whether you’re getting on a plane or embarking on a road trip, do not over-pack. When you have to bring a lot of extra baggage, it slows you down. Try to bring only the essentials- it will also save you time during the packing & unpacking processes!
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Bring snacks!

This tip is especially important if you’re traveling with young kids, but even if I’m hitting the road with just the hubby, I always bring along some snacks. I am trying to make smart food choices, so if I get hungry on the road, it’s much easier to reach into my bag and find something nutritious (rather than stopping at a fast food joint & just settling for a convenient snack).

Plan your itinerary!

I have always been a planner. I love to organize and schedule everything – that includes our vacations. I like to print out an overview of our vacation plans ahead of time, including hotel address/phone number, airline reservation details, and attractions’ address/phone number.

I hope these tips have helped to inspire you to have a stress-free holiday season. Are you doing a lot of travel this season? Where are you heading? Would you love to bring your pet along?

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