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Holiday Travel Tips 2019

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Christmas is just around the corner and with it comes the annual holiday travel gridlock, as we battle travel chaos, to see family and friends, either home or abroad. If you’re dreading what’s ahead, check out our handy tips to make your travels a little easier.

BE PREPARED 

Have your holiday travel marked on the calendar, and use the days leading up to it to get stuff done e.g. from organizing holiday cover, ordering currency, getting insurance, through to getting a housesitter. 

Perfect planning is an ultimate travel goal, but don’t let it erase the mystery of travel, that you find when you don’t over plan. Happy travel moments that occur from being spontaneous, are a part of the travel experience. So trust the moment, go with your gut and take the leap of faith in your travel adventures. 

MAKE TIME YOUR FRIEND 

Yes, I know it sounds boring, but leaving early, whether it’s the drive to the airport, cruise landing dock, or in the stuff of traveler dreams, a super cool helipad, delays are real and can happen. If you leave yourself with sufficient time in which to remedy them, you will still be able to meet your original travel plans. 

STAY MOBILE 

It’s funny how we take our phones for granted – that they will work no matter what. I found myself without a phone in Lisbon, after my trusty Samsung Prime died on me. A simple trip to TMobile to get a new battery, or so I thought. 

What I found out was that my model of phone, was not sold in Lisbon or the rest of Portugal and that TMobile didn’t sell the battery for it. I was saved by the kindness of a TMobile sales associate, who remembered the model below mine, was sold in Lisbon, and luckily for me, had a battery that was compatible with my model. 

Save yourself from a mobile meltdown by checking your phone’s functionality before you set off on your travels. Avoid digital hassles by downloading new movies and music, to avoid making yourself vulnerable to a potential malware attack, while using a public open wifi network,  before you leave home and ensuring you have a portable USB battery charger. 

If you’re in the market for a new suitcase, nab an Away carry-on which comes with an ejectable USB battery charger, ensuring you never run out of juice, especially if you get caught up in a travel delay. 

COMFORT IS EVERYTHING 

Holiday travel is notorious for delays and unexpected events. Convenience is king. Yes, it’s great to rock a slaying jumpsuit, to strut across the airport in – but think about it. Is it really practical travel wear?

Do yourself a favour. Pick a travel outfit that’s adaptable not just for a short-lived fashionista moment, but a long haul journey. You need the type of outfit that works wherever you are, particularly if you’re delayed for a while.

Smart travelers rely on and rock layers. These work best, as they give you the ability to adapt to your weather conditions and immediate needs. Include a throw in your travel outfit for more flexibility, as it can double up as a pillow or a wrap. 

YOU DON’T WANNA MISS A THING 

Visiting popular locations and historical sites can be a pain in terms of having to queue for tickets or attraction passes

Save yourself the boredom of standing in a queue, by pre-booking them online. The earlier you do it, the easier it will be to fit into your schedule and a lot of times you can also find discount codes and offers, to make your online pass booking, even better value. 

We can’t guarantee that there won’t be any lumps and bumps in your holiday travels, but hopefully our Top 5 tips will come in handy.

Happy Travels To All Of You

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