Friday, October 5, 2012

Holiday travel time is getting closer...

The calendar still says August but soon it will be Labor Day, the kids will be heading back to school, and then before you know it the leaves will be changing and fall will be here. With summer winding down it is time to start thinking about holiday travel. The days surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally two of the busiest and most stressful times of the year to travel. Just as all the good airfares and hotel deals sell out early, our vehicles, especially the larger ones, are reserved early. You don't want to have your dream holiday trip planned and have no way to get to the airport, do you? Your stress can be eased by preparing in advance. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when travelling during the busy holiday season:

  • Know the peak travel dates. It is best to travel as early as possible in the week prior to the holiday.

  • Consider alternate airports. Often you will save time and money and have a more pleasant experience by utilizing a smaller airport.

  • Be careful with connections. Allow sufficient time for layovers, and build in ample time for flight delays and weather issues.

  • Leave early when heading to the airport. Arrange to have your driver at your home extra early to allow time for traffic.

  • Travel light. Airlines are strictly enforcing luggage weight guidelines.

  • Travel early or late in the day. Airports are least congested at these times.

  • Always check current security guidelines so that you are aware of what you can carry on the aircraft and what must be checked. The website for the TSA is a good place to start.

  • Stay up-to-date on weather conditions to plan for delays and to pack accordingly.

  • If traveling with gifts, do not wrap them as they will most likely be searched. Whenever possible, ship gifts ahead of time to your destination.

And, as always, be sure to call Boston Chauffeur for all of your ground transportation needs!!!

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