Anyone who travels at this time of year knows that winter holiday travel can bring some less than glad tidings. Personally, until I make my destination, I’m more inspired by The Grinch than anything else. Being a bit of a control freak (cough), winter and increased flying traffic makes travel even more unpredictable. I’m always looking for ways to turn the odds in my favor.
My favorite winter travel tip involves the shipping of luggage. Rather than checking a bag (and playing “will it arrive with me” roulette), I pack my clothes and gifts and ship them to my destination. I know the cost can be daunting, but it’s likely to cost you just slightly more than what your airline is already going to charge you to check your bags in at the airport. Obviously, this works best if you are heading to friends or family who are available to accept delivery, but a heads up to your hotel destination works surprisingly well. In fact, many upscale hotels are now offering a “fedex your bags” option. Yes, this requires me to plan ahead, but nothing puts me in a more relaxed mode than being able to stroll into an airport unencumbered with anything more than my purse. And if you have ever seen me before getting on a plane, you know how important that can be.
Do you have any tips that make travel (particular travel during the holidays or in iffy weather) easier or more fun? Sound off in the comments.