Holiday get-together’s are always supposed to be wonderful, and to make it a reality it has to start with a relaxing travel experience. If you and your family have to travel to be with relatives for the holidays, it would be best if you can ensure that everyone will be comfortable during the journey in order for the wonderful holiday celebrations to start on the right path.
Sometimes though it may not that easy to accomplish. That is why here are some suggested travel tips if you want a really stress-free holiday.
If you are traveling by the road, here are the best tips that you can follow:
· Do Not Rush
This is actually the golden rule. Even if you do not have much time for packing, try to take things slowly and try to not haste. Pack the night before you leave. If you pack earlier there is a good chance that you will have to unpack and pack again.
· Give Time Allowance
Without the need to meet a flight schedule, you have more flexibility in time when driving to your destination. Still, a little allowance in time will give you a little breathing space. Time your journey well, include a few hours for meal stops, restroom stops and leg-stretching time.
· Make Necessary Stops
No matter how time constricted you are, it is best if you can make those essential stops along the way. This is important especially if you have children with you. Kids tend to be bored and they start to whine after being cooped up inside a car for a few hours. Watch out for high-pitch voices or non-stop whining, stop before they drive you mad. It is better to be a little late to your destination than get there frustrated and psychologically challenged.
· Entertain your Passengers
The beauty of traveling by car is that you can take breaks and entertain each other. You can sing and tell stories while on the move and no one is likely to complain.
· Conflicts between Kids (or even adults)
Conflicts are unpreventable no matter how much you try. Sibling rivalry attacks anywhere and at anytime. The best thing to deal conflict that is building up between children is to side step. Do not shout back at them especially if they start pointing fingers. Keep your cool and tell them that if they cannot solve their differences it is best if they stop talking to each other. Finally, tell them – without sounding too threatening – that you are going to deal with them later. You will be surprised at how being cool and collected affects your kids.
All in all, traveling for the holidays should not be too stressful; and even if it cannot be too peaceful, there are certain things that you can do to avoid getting too stressed out. You wouldn’t want to arrive at your destination feeling like you want to go home and cry, do you? So, chill out, smile and keep telling yourself that everything will be fine. Keep that positive attitude all throughout the journey and it will surely rub on to everyone with you.