While we at Carina Press are wrapping up 2014 in a nice and tidy bow before the holidays start, we haven’t quite talked about the amazing, crazy and sometimes challenging period called “Holiday Travel Season”.
Our fearless leader, Angela James, has documented proof that the very best planned itineraries don’t often go smoothly.
I had really great travel luck on my first flight this morning. I fear what this means for second flight.
— Angela James (@angelajames) May 1, 2014
How did I manage to get caught in a traffic standstill in Toronto on a Sunday night? Not my best travel day today!
— Angela James (@angelajames) June 9, 2014
— Angela James (@angelajames) May 19, 2014
— Angela James (@angelajames) June 30, 2014
I feel like I should warn you all now that Sunday begins 8 weeks of lots & lots of travel. The rest of you may want to stay home.
— Angela James (@angelajames) April 3, 2013
So what do you do to maintain your holiday cheer in the midst of travel delays? Or how do you ensure road trips don’t get sidelined? Here are some tips from the Carina Press team (a.k.a. your holiday travel experts) to help survive the season!
“Put any liquids in Ziplock bags – spills in suitcases happen!” – Amy Loosemore (@amy_loosemore), new homeowner and packing expert!
“Wear festive gear if you can get away with it. Last year, a reindeer headband got me a business upgrade for free!” – Patty Anasco (@pattyanasco), holiday cheer-leader
“If travelling by car, assume the trip will take twice as long as you think, due to weather and/or traffic. Plan to leave early and kill time sightseeing if necessary.” – Jenny Bullough (@jennybullough), road warrior
“(For airport delays) Make sure you talk to a rep and be super nice and see if you can get a free hotel stay or free meal vouchers. Oh and make sure your Kindle/ebook reader is fully loaded with books beforehand.” – Carly Chow (@carly_chow), world traveler
And speaking of books, heed Carly’s advice and make sure you plan ahead for your holiday reads starting today! Here are a few recommendations to keep you entertained on that trip back home:
- The Season for Love: A Shannon Stacey Holiday Box Set – Three holiday themed stories to keep you in the spirit of the season during your travels. Only $0.99 until January 2, 2015!!
- A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser – A romance set in regency England, Susanna Fraser tells us about a romance between a soldier of the British Army and a lady engaged to someone else. It’s a compelling read even while under an airline blanket.
- All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology featuring stories by Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh and Kat Latham – Last year’s anthology will warm your heart wherever you are.
We’re sending positive vibes that your holiday travel is on schedule and filled with free meals and seat upgrades! And may your road trips be filled with scenic routes and open highways!
Now it’s over to you, dear reader. What are the best holiday travel tips you’ve received?