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TravelHaven Tips – 10 for a Stress-free Holiday

As the holidays approach, we all know tat traveling will require a great amount of patience, whether by plane, train, or automobile  Here are a ten tips (ala David Letterman style) that will help ease your pain.

10. Build up your holiday travel tolerance with a little laughter. Watch “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” with Steve Martin and John Candy. It makes every bad holiday travel situation pale in comparison.

  1. Before booking, ask your airline about checked baggage fees and other pre-flight and on-board costs, such as drinks and in-flight blankets and pillows (also note that some airlines no longer accept cash for in-flight purchases).

8. Bring headphones to drown out noise, particularly during peak travel days. Also consider packing ear plugs and an eye mask, which are inexpensive, compact and will help you sleep.

7. Always be sure to pack at least one change of clothes in your carry on bag just in case your bags get lost.

6. Hold off on wrapping gifts before travel. Security may require packages to be unwrapped.

5. Take pictures of personal items you plan to check (clothing, electronics, jewelry and other items), including the outside of your suitcase in case your bags get lost.

4. Pack a few new toys, preferably nothing noisy or with projectiles or bells, into a small carrying bag for each child. Add pre-wrapped snacks, crayons, paper and books to keep the kids occupied in the car or plane. This is especially handy in the case of a travel delay. Toys at the airport gift shop or on the road can be very expensive and there are limited options.

3. Give each child a roll of quarters. When they argue or fight or whine, they must turn in a quarter. Whatever is left at the end of the trip is theirs to keep.

2. Pick up a disposable camera for each child to take pictures as they please. When you get home or at the destination, help them create an album and write down memories next to each picture.

And, last but not least . . .

1. Call Jolynn Haven at Travel Haven (407-399-7758) or email at jhaven@yourtravelhaven.com to make your trip planning easier, less stressful, and, often, less expensive!

(You knew I’d throw the last one in, didn’t you?)

Happy Holiday travel!