Product Resource: Your Holiday Travel Survival Guide

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Makeba Giles

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Makeba Giles is an Health, Family, and Lifestyle Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. |

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For many, the holidays are an important time of year to connect with loved ones and going to see family is by far the primary reason to travel during the holiday season.

In a recent survey, it was found that 40% of Americans – or 99.8 million people – plan to travel over the course of this holiday season. Millennials plan to travel more than any other age demographic (48%) and those with children are the segment most likely to travel at 54%.

Successful holiday travel is all about successful navigation of winter weather and the holiday crowds. Preparedness and safety are essential.

Your Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Whether it’s a two-hour drive or a two-hour flight, traveling can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season. And while there are some things you can’t control, there are ways to make the most of your holiday travels this year.

Preparation is the key to successful family travel, and it is especially important over the busy holiday periods.

Travel expert Amy Goodman joined me to share her holiday travel survival guide for families and how she beats the holiday travel blues. During our chat, she also provided tips on the latest tricks, tools and trends to arm yourself against the mania and keep the holiday cheer alive.

 

Some of her advice for holiday travel survival include:

  • Research: Comparison shopping has never been easier than it is right now. During holiday travel season, do your homework and understand all your options before booking.
  • Protect yourself: Winter weather can be unpredictable so it’s important to protect yourself against trip cancellation or interruption to avoid losing out on a substantial amount of money.
  • Shop and ship: During the holidays, consider sending unwrapped gifts in advance to your destination to lighten your load and wrapping them upon arrival.
  • On the go games: The best kid games on the go are the ones without small pieces and that don’t make a lot of noise: cards, coloring, reading books and car games that require rider participation.
  • Pack light. If at all possible, travel with carry-on only.  And pay attention to carry-on size limits posted by carriers, as well as space limitations often found on regional connecting jets.
  • Make sure hotel reservations guarantee late arrival. That way, if there’s a delay, your room will still be waiting.

 

And much more. Take a look above.

Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Meet Our Guest:

Amy E. Goodman is a nationally recognized media maven and frequent lifestyle contributor on the airwaves including the Today show, Rachael Ray, Meredith Vieira, The Talk, The View, ET!…to name but a few. She’s deftly tackled travel reportage, whether celebrity hot spots for In Style magazine and destination weddings and honeymoon reporting for In Style Weddings, to the best of regional and coastal destinations for Southern Living and Coastal Living respectively. She was the host for Washington Flyer TV, where she created monthly installments about regional and worldly travel for a metropolitan D.C. audience and its global visitors. On air, she continues to share everything from the best deals on cruises, to the most desired hotel escapes and even the hottest trends in resort wear, with tips for business and budget travelers and family vacationers alike.

Holiday Travel Survival Guide

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