Zipping Through The Fall Holiday Travel Scene with Ease

We know, we know — for a lot of you, reading this during summer is going to make you pretty mad. However, we definitely have our reasons. First and foremost, you have to realize that fall is right around the corner. In a few more weeks, we will definitely start seeing temperatures cool down. This means that the time for snowballs and everything else will be fast upon us. Perhaps that will be a good time to start thinking about traveling. If you have small children, you might be limited by trying to wait for them to go on school break for a little while. Yet if you have a family friendly place to take her to, you should be just fine.

Moving on with the topic, there’s a few fall holiday travel tips that get ignored all of the time. Instead of trying to bring more confusion, I wanted to smooth things out a little bit. You know, get all of you guys on the same page and ready to take on just about any adventure waiting for you.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you plan things out. While some hardcore travelers pretty much just pack their bags and go, you probably won’t fall into this category. Quite frankly, the need for comfort will outweigh your ability to deal with all of the little things that come up when you’re trying to get from one place to another. It can be difficult. It can be tiring. There’s no reason to believe that it’s impossible to get things in motion, but you do have to plan accordingly. You do have to have a good head on your shoulders. You do have to think things through and not get yourself worked up. If you need things already laid out for you and set in stone, then trying to capture those last minute deals really isn’t going to help you out at all. You’re going to be pretty frustrated, very angry, and ready to just snap. You will feel like it’s the end of the world. You’ll start thinking that you wish you had never traveled. The reality isn’t that bad. You just have to look at things form a different perspective.

Holiday Travel

Indeed, it’s important to keep in mind that the hospitality industry goes through a lot of stress and strain as well. There’s nothing that says that you can’t work things out and think things through, but you do have to concentrate on the things that really matter. Don’t give in so easily when there are so many solutions out there! For example, instead of fretting about how to do private car hire, look for public transportation first. Milk the tourist thing to full advantage. It’ll also immerse you in the culture of another country, to an extent. There’s nothing like getting lost to start thinking on your feet. Some people can’t stand to not have the details taken care of, while others feel that they’re going to be just fine. Where you land on the scale depends on your travel experience and your tolerances. Some people have to have a big comfortable room that would be considered at least three or four stars. Other people can be perfectly okay in a tent wishing that the heat would go away. And yes, even though we’re talking about fall travel you can’t just assume that every place has the same weather that you’re accustomed to. That would just be silly!

You have to focus instead on what’s right in front of you. That type of travel can be stressful, but there’s nothing that says that you have to address it head on, all at once. Have you looked around another travel forum and asked other travelers questions? You might feel silly but you have to be aware of something: everyone feels silly at first. Everyone feels like they’ve made a terrible mistake. Everyone thinks that they’re going to disappear into the earth, never to be found again …at least once. 🙂

The hospitality industry is filled with a lot of stress and a desire to make people happy. Sometimes you’ll hit that nail on the head, while other times you won’t. Such is the way of things.

Notice the theme here? Fall travel is all about flexibility and going with the flow. You need to make sure that your luggage is clearly marked as yours though. The fall/winter months get a lot of air and train traffic, which means that lost luggage is simply part of the process. Get in the groove of figuring out exactly what you need to do, how you need to pull it off, and where you can go once you feel more confident in the process.

That’s the best advice we can give you when it comes to general fall travel tips. Obviously, you’ll want to take time to learn the customs and traditions of the area that you visit. If you’re going to a predominantly Muslim country, there may be cultural rules about alcohol, even in restaurants where you would be sharing company with the locals. Sometimes it’s best to be on your “church” behavior when you’re in someone else’s country. It’s just a way of paying them the respect that they deserve!


Top 5 Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holidays is stressful in every way, and trying to save money just seems like something impossible. This is true especially for traveling internationally or when there are children involved. You need airfare, hotels, rental cars, and that doesn’t even include the cost of food. If you’re looking for ways to save money though, consider these tips to help make it as stress free as possible this holiday season.

Flexibility is Key

While you may have set days you want to travel, you might want to be a little more flexible with your travel dates. If you can leave a day earlier or come back a day later you might want to consider this. It helps save money on either hotels or airfare. If you have to get back in time to go back to work, consider taking your vacation a little earlier or shorten it some.

Avoid the Actual Week of the Holiday

If you travel the week of the holiday, you’ll find the price of everything is through the roof. People are scrambling to get to family and loved one’s homes to visit. You might want to travel the week before and stay through the holiday. This can save money especially if you are just going to be staying with family rather than a hotel.

Plan Ahead

This is the most popular thing to do and probably seems like the most obvious one, but the truth is many people wait until the last minute to start looking for flights. All this does is lead to even more stress especially if you are going with a group of people and want to sit together on the plane. The holidays are the busiest time of the year to travel, so book your flights and hotel as far in advance as you can.

Look Into Package Deals

Package deals are becoming common nowadays and allow you to travel with a budget. If you are looking for airfare, hotel and a rental car, there are many sites that offer bundle packages. This can help you save money on holiday travel, and again you should book your package as far in advance as possible. This ensures you get the flight and hotel you want, while still allowing you time to save money for spending.

Book Online

When it comes to booking your hotel and airfare, you might want to book online. There are now many hotels offering discounts for advanced booking online. This can range from a few dollars to as high as 20% off. This can add up and can lead to saving you a good amount of money to be used for other aspects of your holiday travel.

Traveling during the holidays is always going to come with some stress regardless of what you do. Some people aren’t too fond of dealing with the commotion and all the people that travel, but with these tips you can make your holiday one that is less stressful.