Keep your holiday travel stress-free with these tips

By Product Expert | Posted in Holiday, Just for Fun, Local, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at 8:42 am
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How to make holiday travel less stressful

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, delicious feasts and packed travel schedules. It seems like this time of year is filled with places to be, people to see and things to do. Add an element of holiday travel and the stress level just went up another level. But the good news is there are a variety of things you can do to make travel during the holiday season less stressful. This includes expecting long wait times, bring plenty of snacks, leave early and plan your route in advance.

What holiday do people travel the most?A blue suitcase next to chairs at an airport

The Friday before Christmas remains the busiest day of the year for air travel in Canada. Those that have connecting flights to Toronto can expect even longer wait times. Most of the time, this busy season doesn’t tapper off until Christmas Eve. The Via Rail train system also sees thousands of travelers.

Fear not! While we can’t always control how long we must wait in line, there are other things that are within our control. Try these tips to make your holiday travels more bearable and less stressful.

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1) Plan ahead

Being proactive is essential when traveling during the holiday season. It’s helpful to plan everything out in advance. This includes shipping any Christmas gifts, coordinating who will pick you up from the airport/train station or if you’ll rent a vehicle, determining where you will park at the airport/train station and other essential details. When you outline these things in advance on paper or in the notes app on your smartphone, it helps make your holiday travels easier and more straightforward.

2) Snacks!

This is essential. Travel can take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to stay well-fed and hydrated. Why not bring your favorite snacks to make the journey a little more special?

3) Leave early

The more time you can give yourself the better. Not only does it help ensure you will arrive on time, but it also helps you get the journey off to a good start.

4) Be kind

Kindness really goes a long way. Whether it’s a thoughtful smile or simply giving someone the benefit of the doubt, it all makes a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.


What tips and tricks do you use to make your journey easier? Let us know in the comments below. From all of us at Barlow Motors, thank you for reading!

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