The festive season is upon us and more Kiwis than ever are travelling both domestically and internationally. While it's a busy time to travel, it doesn't need to be stressful. It pays to plan ahead, allow plenty of time and most importantly remember to relax and have fun. Afterall, you are on holiday! Here are our top tips to help you travel easy this silly season..
1. Noise cancelling headphones are a must. Especially if you’re on a long haul flight and need some zzzz time.
2. Be sure to double check you have all of your belongings from the plane and collect the right bags at the carousel, you’d be amazed at how many bags look alike.
3. Make sure you check your airlines baggage allowances, you don’t want to be paying excess charges at the airport due to heavy presents. Don’t forget to leave room to bring all of your Christmas goodies back as well.
4. If you’re concerned about your baggage allowance speak with your travel expert about the best options, or consider buying day trips or excursions as gifts so that you don’t have to pack presents.
5. Buy yourself a Christmas treat…. upgrade to business class anyone? (if they’re old enough consider leaving the kids in economy).
6. If you’re travelling with young children on Christmas Eve and have a window seat play a game of ‘spot Santa and his reindeer’, it will keep them entertained for hours.
7. Take time to thank the people working to make your trip possible, especially if it’s right on Christmas. A smile and acknowledgement to an airport worker will make your day better too.
8. Make sure you allow time everywhere, not just at airports. There is always plenty of people around, traffic on the roads, queues for tickets, ice creams, to get off the plane, you don’t want to stress, miss a flight, or miss out, so plan ahead and stay calm.
9. Don’t forget to buy travel insurance, if you’re taking Christmas presents with you that are of high value, it pays to register these as extras on your travel insurance just in case the unthinkable happens. Travel insurance is also vital when travelling abroad to cover you in case of a medical emergency, accident or unforeseen travel disruptions.
10. Speak to your travel expert about pre-booking your transfers, taxis will be in high demand over the holiday period and traffic is often heavier. By pre-booking your transfers you have a set price that is often prepaid, meaning any traffic jams at the airport won’t affect your tariff.