12 Best Tips for Flying This Holiday Season

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With the excitement of turkey and presents comes the dread of knowing you have to brave the airport once again during the busiest time of the year. Don’t worry, though. We’ve collected 12 tips to make flying this holiday season as stress-free as possible!

1. Take Advantage of Flash Sales

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Stores aren’t the only ones that give good deals around the holidays; airlines commonly have flash sales as well, and it’s a great way to book cheap flights. Look into when your airline had its last flash sale and watch around that time to book.

2. Book Airport Parking

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Did you know you can book airport parking in advance as well? With an increase in holiday travelers comes an increase in the cars you have to fight for a spot. Booking ahead guarantees a space and is even sometimes cheaper!

3. Don’t Wrap Gifts

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TSA says it’s best to travel with unwrapped gifts to avoid any kind of holdup. You can either wrap when you get to your destination or ship your gifts ahead of time to avoid any unfortunate Grinch situation.

4. Pick Less Common Dates

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The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days to fly. So are the two days after Christmas. You can avoid all that by simply booking your return flight a few days before or after. If you’re able to swing it, this is the best way to save money and sanity.

5. TSA PreCheck

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Many seasoned flyers already know about this, but if you only really fly for the holidays, you might not. TSA PreCheck allows you to skip the long lines and avoid taking off your shoes along with other stuff to pass through. Make sure to register ahead of time.

6. To Carry-on or Check In

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Your bags are a huge hassle during this stressful time, but there are pros and cons to both. Carry-on bags only help you avoid expensive luggage fees. Whereas having only checked bags makes you hands-free for your wait and not stressed about overhead bin space.

7. Red-Eye Flights

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Just like traveling on off days can help, traveling during off hours of the day can, too. Early morning flights or late evening flights work best, too. How many people want to get up early to catch their plane? Money savers, that’s who.

8. Direct Flights

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Okay, this tip might not help the pocketbook, but it does help lower stress. Holiday traveling could mean inclement weather and missed connections. Booking a direct flight is the best way to guarantee you get where you’re going and not stranded at a connecting airport along the way.

9. Be Prepared

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We need to all channel our inner soccer mom here and make sure everything you can possibly need is packed and easy to access. Your boarding pass, IDs, and money are near the top. Snacks, chargers, and backup chargers for the airport. And all the info you need to get through TSA quickly.

10. Airport Lounges

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While we usually think of these as for the rich, they are actually very affordable and a good way to avoid the crowds. Book your airport lounge in advance and enjoy some food and drinks and quiet before gathering with the whole family at grandma’s house.

11. Travel Insurance

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Often overlooked, but definitely needed during the stress of the holidays. Canceled flights are the worst, and stress only increases when you realize you aren’t seeing that money back any time soon. Travel insurance protects your pocketbook, so you can focus on plan B.

12. Ear Plugs and Attitude

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Ultimately, holiday traveling is stressful. Hopefully, some of our tips help, but if all else fails, pop in some earplugs at the airport and take a deep breath. All the craziness will be worth it for the homecooked food and family connection.

27 Best Tips for Flying for the First Time

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Flying for the first time can be both exhilarating and frightening. There are many things you can do to make it easier and less stressful, though!

If this is your first time flying, much of your anxiety likely comes from just not knowing for sure what to experience. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to prepare ahead of time!

Here are 27 travel tips for first-time flyers that will have you flying like a pro on your very first flight.

27 Best Tips for Flying for the First Time

Flying With a Baby? 22 Best Tips From Parents and Flight Attendants

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With international travel restrictions easing, people are returning to air travel in droves. However, for those flying with a baby, it may be their first time navigating airports and airplanes with their little one in tow. While it may seem daunting, with some pre-planning, smart packing, and the right mindset, flying with a baby can be a positive part of your adventure.

As there is no one-size-fits-all advice for every family or every baby, we gathered advice from 75 moms, dads, flight attendants, pilots, and frequent travelers. This ultimate list of 22 tips for flying with a baby summarizes their best advice.

Flying With a Baby? 22 Best Tips From Parents and Flight Attendants

Christmas Markets: Here Are 10 of the Best to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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Christmas markets fill Europe’s cities during the holiday season and offer many different activities. A Christmas market, also known as an advent market, is a street market that celebrates Christmas during the four weeks of advent.

Originating in German-speaking countries, they have now spread to many other places and are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Let’s take a look at some of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets here.

Christmas Markets: Here Are 10 of the Best To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.