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Don't lose your cool while traveling over the holidays


Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite holiday of the year. Sure there’s typically plenty of food to go around, but with having to often travel to the in-laws and no presents involved, it can often be a stressful holiday. However, we’ve got a few tips for you to make your Thanksgiving holiday a little less stressful this year.


Take Some Time off Early: If you’re trying to save some money, while enjoying a less stressful Thanksgiving, then make at least a week of it. This will give you a little rest and relaxation, plus you can enjoy lower fares if you fly early or late enough. This can provide a nice break as the holiday seasons ramp up.


Hit the Road Rather than Flying: Depending on where you’re going, you could save some money, and possibly a lot of stress if you decide to drive rather than fly. If you’re traveling around Thanksgiving Day itself, then you definitely want to consider this as airfares increase significantly. However, give yourself plenty of time while driving as well as road travel is expected to increase this Thanksgiving.


Travel During Off-Peak Times: One of the most stressful things about traveling at Thanksgiving is the traffic and long lines at the airport. Plan your travel around this and try to work it out to fly or drive during off-peak times. This includes traveling early in the morning or late at night; and even on Thanksgiving Day itself.


Buy Your Tickets Immediately: If you’re flying and haven’t bought your tickets, than you need to do so immediately. It’s Thanksgiving so you can’t expect to find a last minute deal. It’s almost two weeks until Thanksgiving, which means that fares are only going to go up from here.


Take a Vacation: The best way to have a less stressful Thanksgiving: take a vacation. Similar to the first point, use some of those vacation days to get away, even if just for a couple days. Many hotels and destinations offer Thanksgiving deals, which are typically valid the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. What better way to end the Thanksgiving holiday and make one more push until Christmas.

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