holiday-travelThe holidays mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, they are a time to remember the wonders of days past and to reflect on the loved ones that we are grateful for having in our lives, as well as those who we miss. For others, the holiday season is a time of meditation, spirituality and religious appreciation. Still for others, the holidays mean it is time to shop, travel and dine.

Whichever of these are true for you, there is one thing that everyone shares in common—the traffic.

Managing Travel around the Holidays

Just about every person and their brother are on the road during the holiday season. They may be heading to the store, to visit a loved one or even off to the airport themselves. If you are planning on traveling this holiday season, you are going to have to plan ahead. Putting some forethought into when you need to arrive somewhere and how you hope to arrive will save you a great deal of stress come travel day.

Here are five tips to survive the holiday travel season:

1. Take advantage of professional driving services: The most dangerous aspect of travel is the other drivers on the road. You don’t just have to worry about your own stressors and distractions, but those that are occupying the minds of the person in the lane next to you. Let a professional driver care for these worries so you can concentrate on getting to your destination on time.

2. Being early is on-time: Expect delays everywhere you go, but don’t count on them. Make sure that you are getting to the airport with time to spare so you don’t get left stranded.

3. Schedule transport ahead of time: The holidays are a busy time period. Make sure that you are making arrangements to get to and then home from the airport long before travel day.

4. Ship packages ahead of time: Santa may arrive at his holiday destinations with presents in hand, but you don’t own your own flying sleigh. Airlines are incredibly busy, and your packages may get lost. If you are planning on arriving in town with presents, consider shipping them to arrive just before you. Considering the cost of checked baggage, this may be the cheaper option too.

5. Local? Take advantage: If you are not leaving town, take advantage of your local roads and stay off the highways as much as possible. This will help alleviate traffic for others, and will save you  a major headache.