Traveling during Christmas can be a great experience if it's well planned. Otherwise, it can become more of a hassle than enjoying yourself.
Here's the deal, you are not the only one who is thinking about traveling during Christmas. Most of those people won't plan an adequate trip and will end up not making the most of it, due to several common mistakes. So, we're giving you a guide to plan the perfect Christmas trip, and help you save some money, travel comfortably and have the best time
Start Planning Right Away
The first and hardest decision is your destination; where do you want to go? But don't wait till you stumble upon a destination or a program that you like, begin your deep dive into the internet and preferably, pick a place you've never been to before and live an exciting new experience. This is the point where you decide on the city you're visiting, where you're staying and the activities you're going to do there. Pay attention to details and know beforehand what you want out of your visit so you can make the most of each day. A little planning never hurt nobody.
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
Your plan is ready, and you are head-over-heels excited about the new adventure you're about to embark on; the next step is to put the plan to action. Simply speaking, you need to start booking everything from accommodation to flight tickets, before everyone else beats you to it. If you wait till the 20th of December to start booking, most likely you won't find any vacancies. It's a race, just like any other holiday season, so don't be the last to reach the finish line.
Keep Your Eyes Opened for Offers
You can end up saving money by looking for offers or packages that give you a discounted price for booking early. That may also include deals for activities or tours that are provided for booking early. All the money you end up saving can be used for some Christmas shopping, a time where discounts and sales are dominant.
Choose Your Flight Date Very Carefully
Because no one wants to be stuck on a fully booked flight, where there's barely room to move or breathe, you need to pick a date that isn't crawling with people. For example, if you're planning on taking a long weekend before Christmas break, chance is most people are thinking the same way, which means that this flight right before the weekend will be packed. Pick a flight date that provides comfort for you and your traveling companions for both trips, because you deserve the comfort.
Overpacking can be your biggest mistake. We've all been there when we've packed 10 outfits for a 3 day trip. However if you travel heavy on your Christmas trip, you will deprive yourself of the opportunity to go back home loaded with Christmas presents, souvenirs from the country you visited or even cheap clothes. Also, save yourself a lot of trouble from some heavy lifting; it becomes a lot easier to move around with your bags.
By Haya Amer