Last minute holiday travel requires making whirlwind preparation. In such instances, you’re liable to make mistakes but you can minimize them when you use the guide below.
Book online; book direct.
Travel agencies and other usual avenues for making vacation arrangements are probably closed during the holidays. You’re going to waste a lot of time if you insist on one that’s stayed open while the rest of the world goes on holiday. To save on time, money, and effort, just book everything online. Brick and mortar shops may close but websites are usually ready to serve 24/7. Better yet, why not call directly the hotel or airline you’re interested in? That’s sure to get results!
Make advanced reservations.
It’s sheer folly if you assume something will be available during the holidays. These are, after all, the busiest time of the year. Burn the phone lines if you have to. Stay online 24/7 if necessary. Do whatever’s required until you’re able to secure a reservation.
Get stocked and stuffed.
Anticipate your needs. This is even more critical if you’ve booked a cabin, cottage, or any other type of accommodations that doesn’t come with room service. Stock on food, medicine, cash, and the likes. Holidays mean a lot of closed signs hanging on doors but you shouldn’t pin all your hopes on convenience stores. Before leaving home, be sure that you’ve already raided all your cupboards and the groceries if necessary.
Traffic is absolutely horrible during the holidays and that’s an indisputable fact. Denying the truth won’t help so it’s important for you to leave as early as you can. If you leave during peak hours, you’ll have to contend with impatient drivers and frantic crowds.
If you are going to drive to your destination, make sure you have a professional check your car. Get a full tank of gas to reduce the need for making unnecessary stops. Plan your routes carefully. Use your GPS or any other reference tool to determine the best routes. Determine the number of pit stops required for your travel and make sure you time each and every stage of your travel so that you won’t find yourself taking a wrong turn in the wrong place at the wrong time. Surely you’ve seen enough slasher movies to know what happens when you make a wrong turn, don’t you?
If you’re going to rent a car for your last-minute travel plans, you need to choose a suitable vehicle for your vacation plan. A flashy sports car may make a great choice for weekend getaways and short trips but it’s not the perfect transportation mode if you’re going to explore rough mountain routes or trek desert paths.
In any case, make sure to read terms and conditions before paying for your car rental. Be sure to verify insurance details of your rented car. This way, if something bad happens, you’re not liable to pay.
Things can and will go wrong one way or another. Think about it. Even though you’ve planned everything to the last detail during your last vacation, something still ended up wrong. What more when you’re having a last minute vacation?
When misfortune indeed strikes, just learn to accept it and move on. It’s the holidays, after all! Be jolly, forget about the hassles, and just look forward to having some great R & R when you finally get to your destination.