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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Foggy roadThanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. It’s a wonderful, family-centric holiday, which requires many celebrators to trek home for food and football over Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re like many Americans, you may have travel plans this weekend. Here are a few Premier Timeshare Resale tips to help you keep holiday travel stress levels to a minimum.

For Flying

Many people choose to fly to their destination over the holidays. It’s fast and, if tickets are bought ahead of time, it can be an affordable way to travel long distances. For these and many more reasons, airports tend to be packed before and after Thanksgiving. On top of the basic travel troubles, weather can have a huge impact on your Thanksgiving travel time, so it’s important to be prepared for anything.

There are a couple of steps you can take before even arriving at the airport that can make your travel day run a bit smoother. First, download your airline’s app if you have a smartphone. These apps send alerts for delayed flights, allow for early check in, and can produce an electronic boarding pass to help you fly through security. If your airline doesn’t have an app, there are a number of general applications that work with airlines to provide the same information, such as GateGuru. If you don’t have a smartphone, print your boarding pass ahead of time and bring it with you.

airport suitcasesOf course, it’s important to travel light and arrive early to ensure easy flying. Bring a couple extra bucks for a coffee or snack while waiting for your flight, in case it gets delayed. You don’t want to be stuck with a rumbling tummy.

Many small planes will accept checked luggage at the gate to make more room on the flight. You can call your airline to ask if they will be providing that service beforehand. This keeps you from having to lift a heavy suitcase over your head and holding up the boarding line, and priority boarding is often given to passengers who take advantage of this service.

For Driving

Traffic can be bad during Thanksgiving travel, especially if they weather is less than ideal. To prepare yourself for upcoming traffic jams, construction or weather conditions as you drive, learn the AM radio station for your area that reports traffic information and check in every once in a while as you go along.

It’s also important to prepare for emergencies, especially for those driving long distances or in bad weather. Have an emergency kit in your trunk with non-perishable snacks, water, a blanket, flashing light, jumper cables, and a number of other items. You can see the DMV’s recommended list for a car emergency kit here.

Another item to keep in your car is a phone charger. Besides providing rocking tunes for the drive, you’ll want to make sure you’re phone has power in case you need to make an emergency phone call. Chargers that plug into your car’s cigarette lighter can be found for cheap at Walmart. For cars that can’t use their lighter, portable chargers can also be found for little cost at most grocery or tech stores.

amtrakTake the Train

For those that don’t like flying, or are unable to drive, the train is a great alternative. It’s often cheaper than flying, has routes that go all over the country, won’t add miles to your car, and doesn’t have any of the hassles of boarding a plane and navigating a busy airport. Plus, trains offer plenty of time to relax before entering the sometimes tremulous waters of a family holiday. Amtrak is a great place to start when looking at trains for travel.

Use a Timeshare

There are many reasons a Thanksgiving timeshare might be a good fit for you and your family. If you travel to the same place every year and struggle to find accommodations, buying a timeshare could solve that problem. Or, if your family is widely spread out, a timeshare resale Timeshare kitchen cookingcan provide a central location for the family to meet. Many timeshares have multiple bedrooms and a full kitchen, which make it easy to accommodate the whole family. Timeshare hotels have swimming pools, hot tubs, events and crafts for kids, and more accommodations that can make for a fun and relaxing holiday for everyone.

Contact our timeshare resale agents today to learn about our Thanksgiving timeshare deals and never worry about holiday travel again!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Air Travel With Kids

Are you crazy? Flying across the country (or the world) with little ones in tow is a hassle at best, a nightmare at worst. As a mom traveling alone with a six month old, I missed a flight due to an emergency diaper change back in 2011 and am still waking up in cold sweats from it. I also schlepped her to NYC at 15 months and Chicago at 18 months old, each time traveling by myself. It wasn’t easy, and I might have experienced muscle failure from carrying the fat baby in one arm for half an hour without a break through a TSA security line, but the memories of those trips are magically unforgettable.

 

This article gives you some sanity-saving tips about how to travel smartly with kids. Unfortunately, it also rings up a hefty price tag, with the suggestions in the article alone totaling more than $115 add-on costs, not to mention the suggestion to buy your kiddo an extra seat and inundate them with technology like tablets on which to watch their favorite videos. The snacks are a fantastic idea though.

 

If you can afford it, the expensive tips in the article are great ones. If you can’t afford it, and are still doggedly determined to take your little one(s) on a trip they’ll probably never remember but that you’ll never forget, here are four (FREE) travel tips from a mostly broke single mom who’s flown a lot with a demanding little one:

 

1 — Snacks. Okay, yeah I borrowed this one from the FoxNews article, but it is a classic lifesaver.

2 — Books. Yeah, the old fashioned kind. With pictures and words and pages that turn. Reading to your child on the flight not only engages their attention, it reassures them that they are safe in an unfamiliar and behaviorally rigid environment. Silly faces help a lot, too.

3 — Pacifiers/Bottles/Gum. While this could technically fall under the “snack” category above, it applies specifically to the ear-popping pressure changes. Soothing infants with a sucking toy, or making a game out of chewing gum and hearing the “pop” in their ears is an exciting privilege for young ones.

4 – Know that you’re in for it. Traveling can be stressful, so giving yourself (and your kids) a free pass can help you not lose your mind when it comes to the 11pm delayed flight public meltdowns or the sore muscles from constantly carrying your two-year old who is perfectly capable of walking, but wants the comfort of being held in the stressful environment.

 

Sure, smartphone preschool apps and Angry Birds are helpful, but you don’t have to be loaded to love travel, and you don’t have to spend the extra cash for your kids to enjoy flying. Mostly, we’re all just excited about seeing the world from above the clouds. Re-experience the wonder and adventure of travel with your children, and they can take that with them for a lifetime. For ideas on where to travel, visit our timeshare resale website, complete with great deals and tantalizing photos of fun family destinations.

 

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