Amanda Lukoff: Holiday travel with family can be a bit chaotic. So, at Away.
com we have some tips for parents that will cut down on the stress and keep that festive spirit going.
First tip: book early. If you want to fly on a certain day at a certain time, you will have to pay the price. But with a toddler in tow, ensuring convenience versus saving a buck might be worth it. Consider flying on December 25th when tickets are cheaper and the crowds are smaller. Plus, you can open presents at home and won't have to ship them.
Second, pack well. Trying to lug two suitcases plus a child and a diaper bag through an airport or hotel is difficult. Keep the frustration level down by packing as little as possible. Choose items that are versatile like kid's pj's that can be worn as playwear. Look into renting a stroller and car seat, or buy cheaper, smaller ones to go with checked luggage on the plane. Also remember to put DVDs, snacks, band-aids and extra clothes in your carry-on.
Finally, plan your travel day timetable. Add additional time for everything; traffic, security lines, bathroom breaks and other things can throw a wrench into your schedule. But, by planning buffer times, it can make the trip less stressful.
So, this year use our tips to help keep some holiday cheer alive as you travel with family.