Author: Alyssa Craig
The holidays are upon us and with the busy season tends to come quite a bit of travel. Whether you are going across the country to grandma’s or a couple of hours away to a cousin’s, you are likely to find yourself on the road at lot this holiday season. As travel can be quite stressful and take away from the usual light hearted merriment of the season, consider some of the following suggestions to make your travels more enjoyable this year.
Kid Car Kits
If you’re off on a road trip this holiday season, consider having a family night beforehand to create “car kits” for each of the children. Take an old shoe box and allow your child to decorate their box. Then help each child select a puzzle book, a reading or colouring book and one or two car appropriate toys to bring on the trip. The day you leave, add some fruits snacks, carrot sticks, crackers and a small water bottle to each box for the children to eat whenever they are hungry.
Ship Your Luggage
One of the most stressful parts of travel is getting all your luggage from point A to point B. If you are driving, there is the Tetris game of how to fit everything in the trunk. If you are flying, there are the long lines to check your bags and the inability to bring a full sized shampoo bottle through security. Instead of dealing with the hassle, ship the majority of your luggage and travel needs to your destination ahead of time, so it arrives when you do. Then pack a small, necessities only bag to bring with you.
Private Jet (if you win the lottery!)
What could be more simple and convenient than your very own private jet to take you to your holiday destination? For added ease and comfort, hire a personal chef to join you and your family to provide sustenance for the journey. Try to plan your travel days around the weather to avoid having to deal with turbulence. Nothing ruins a flight like chicken cordon bleu flying everywhere!
Rather than having the entire family over for the holiday and making everyone share beds, bathrooms and having the entire house fall into total disarray, consider taking the entire extended family on a cruise. Everyone can have their own room, food is included, the kids will never be bored, and you will come home to a clean, quiet home. It’s a win-win-win situation.
Hire a Nanny
If you have multiple children, you may find yourself dealing with a lot of complaining and hungry bellies during your holiday travels if they get easily restless. Consider hiring a nanny to accompany your family on your trip to help ease the pressure and give you a break if needed. This will help you all to have a more enjoyable and relaxing vacation.
Showing up to your in-laws in style is severely underrated. In order to win some major points with the extended family this holiday season, think about a luxury car for your holiday travels. Not only will this provide for hours of conversation with your car loving brothers-in-law, but you will feel like a million bucks and maybe your extended family will be inspired to look into one for themselves too!
Weather and Traffic Apps
In this world of smart phones, it is good sense to make sure your phone is helping to simplify your life. Before your trip, make sure you download some good weather and traffic apps to help you decide when it is safe to travel and to find different routes to avoid traffic. This will help relieve some travel anxieties for you and help you avoid making your trip longer than it needs to be.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Flights this time of year are crowded and often noisy, especially if there are more children and infants on board. While crying or shrieks are normal child behaviour (especially if they are in an unfamiliar situation), it can sometimes be difficult to endure in the tight quarters of a plane’s cabin. Consider purchasing a good pair of noise cancelling headphones that you can wear to ensure your journey is a quiet and pleasant one.
In all seriousness, holiday travel can be quite hectic but there are many things you can be doing to make it more enjoyable. Consider some of the more realistic tips above and use good time management skills to help your holiday travels go as smoothly as possible.