Can you guys believe that Halloween has come and gone so quickly?! This fall has flown by too quickly.
Although it’s early November, I’m already seeing commercials and ads for the holidays and it’s leaving me S T R E S S E D. So many thoughts are running through my mind already.
“What am I going to get everyone?”
“How are my boyfriend and I going to handle the holidays with two families?”
“Is there anything I even want to ask for?”
There’s nothing that stresses me out more than not being in control or having a plan for any situation. However, if there’s one thing I am a pro at, it’s finding ways to make a less stressful holiday. So as the holidays quickly approach, I want to make sure you guys are jut as free of stress as I will be! Here are some travel hacks for a less stressful holiday:
In order to make sure my holiday season is as “jolly” as possible, I am constantly planning ahead. While I don’t literally plan out every second of my vacation, I do like to have a general idea of what is going on each day. Planning ahead will not only allow you to breathe, but will also help family members out too. When you know what your plans are, you are able to quickly make additional plans with others who might want to see you when you’re in town.
Discuss expectations with your significant other AHEAD OF TIME
Let’s face it. It’s already stressful enough trying to figure out who in your family you will see on any given day during the holiday season, let alone adding a boyfriend to the mix. The best plan of attack when the holidays come around is to never assume anything. Always talk about what you hope to get out of the holidays…that are quickly approaching.
So what happens if you both want to see your respective families on the same day? My favorite idea is to bargain: you see one family on Thanksgiving day and the other on Christmas day. I am not a fan of trekking to several houses on a holiday, so spending the day with a family on a non-holiday doesn’t bother me. In fact, it makes me way less stressed!
Book flights in private/incognito browsing
Have you ever been looking for a flight or a hotel and find a deal, only to come back 15 minutes later to a price tag nearly twice the original?? I thought the world was going crazy when this happened to me! I quickly learned that opening a private browser or turning off/clearing my cookies will prevent this from happening. When these travel sites can see what you are interested in, they hike up the prices because they know you need the tickets. Sneaky!!
Utilize your checked and carry-on luggage properly
As a rule of thumb, I never check any important items when I fly. From medications to precious jewelry, I always want to make sure my valuables are safe. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company suggests packing your jewelry in your carry-on and wearing what goes with your outfit–while not being too flashy about your goods.
Prior to traveling, it doesn’t hurt to get insurance on your jewelry either. Jewelers Mutual has been exclusively insuring jewelry for more than 100 years and offers repair or replacement coverage that includes worldwide travel protection for all types of jewelry and watches. Coverage includes loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss). No matter how careful we are with our jewelry when traveling, accidents happen. That’s why there’s jewelry insurance.
Download your favorite podcasts
One way to make it through traveling is to listen to podcasts. I originally got into podcasts last year when I had a 4 hour drive from Indiana back home. Going though different radio signals trying to find a good station was never fun! With so many different topics, you are bound to find something that interests you. I love learning about different things while doing thoughtless tacks, and traveling is no different.
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I hope you guys are prepared for the hustle and bustle of the holidays?! What are some of your favorite travel hacks for a less stressful holiday?!
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