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Traveling during the holidays has its pros and cons, but if you don’t plan your trip correctly, there will be a lot more cons than pros. While proper planning can be time-consuming, it’s still worthwhile.
Either you’re going to see family that you haven’t seen in a while or you’re taking a vacation to a special place, like Disney World or New York City. Whatever the case may be, you’re going to need a few holiday travel tips to get you through the transportation portion of your trip.
If you’re traveling by car, then the first tip is simple. If possible, avoid interstates and major highways that run through medium or large cities. The best example here is I-95. If you plan on driving on I-95 during the holidays, you better be prepared for some downtime. This more so the case in the north than the south. Believe it or not, it’s possible to avoid serious traffic on I-95 in the south. All you need is a little luck, which usually means no accidents or construction. As far as traveling in the north goes, your best bet will be to leave at night. This can cut your trip down by a considerable amount. The only negative is that, other than interstate truckers, the people you find on the interstate at night are not often the best drivers. In some cases, they are either reckless teenagers or drunks. Use caution.
Americans’ busiest travel time is fast approaching as over 30 million people plan holiday trips. While the thought of reuniting with family or getting away should spread joy, for those with children – especially single parents – the thought can be scarier than Halloween.
Brenda Elwell, author of The Single Parent Travel Handbook (GlobalBrenda Publishing, 2003), has the following tips to make going to “Grandma’s house” a much more pleasant experience.
1. Get Kids Involved
Involve the children in decision making. Plan to spend a third of the time on activities the kids like, a third of the time on activities the parent likes and a third of the time on what the family enjoys together. Have children find special holiday activities or coupons on the Internet.
2. Make an Itinerary
With so much occupying people’s minds during the holiday season, having an itinerary as a trip “cheat sheet” can free up brain space to focus on other things. Also, a good itinerary helps keeps things organized, but can still allow for flexibility. Itineraries are especially good for single parents because they have to be twice as organized, twice as patient and twice as creative as their dual parent counterparts.