Planning a trip to Turks and Caicos over the Holidays?
Some will say that there is no better place to celebrate the season with your loved ones than on a beautiful white sand beach in the Caribbean. Getting to and from the destination in peak travel periods, however, can make even the most seasoned travellers crazy. Travel experts have compiled some of their top tips for reducing Holiday travel stress. From booking in advance to flying out of smaller airports, there are some simple steps that can be taken to avoid the holiday family travel meltdown. Here are a few:
Use a smaller airport. Regional airports, as opposed to major hubs, come with the conveniences of easier parking, fewer crowds as well as shorter check-in and security lines. These advantages can outweigh any added drive time required to get from the gate to your downtown destination. To visit Boston, for example, consider landing at Manchester Boston Regional, Manchester, N.H., 50 miles north of the city instead of at Logan International.
Book tickets early. To get the best fares and connections plus seats next to your children without paying for prime spots, purchase tickets as far in advance as possible. Flying on non-stop or through flights (no change of plane required after a layover) eliminates missed connections.
Travel on less busy days. While houses may be quiet the night before Christmas and Thanksgiving, airports are packed. Escape the thickest throngs by flying on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, an especially good solution when landings allow you to arrive in time for the turkey dinner.
To read the whole story and learn some other holiday travel tips visit USA Today online.