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5 tips for travelling at Christmas

20 December 2019 13:01

Why not celebrate Christmas away from home?

Why not celebrate Christmas away from home?

The rush to meet loved ones or simply get away from it all comes with its own set of challenges over the Christmas period. Follow our tips to overcome the worst of them...

1. Avoid peak travel days

We all know the weekend before Christmas will be one of the busiest of the year at airports and train stations, yet many of us still find ourselves travelling at this peak time. If you can book annual leave early and find a travel option away from the crowds, do it. Stress-free journeys are the perfect way to set the tone for your festive break.

2. Double-check opening times

If you're planning on visiting a theme park, tourist attraction or any site that's open across most of the year, it's wise to check if its opening hours have changed. Assuming you can just turn up could see you booking time off work, only to find closed gates.

3. Be kind to travel staff

The option to take a break at Christmas is a luxury, and one that many of us aren't fortunate enough to take. The air stewards, pilots and security staff that make our trips possible probably have other places they'd rather be. A sincere word of appreciation can go a long way to improving their working day.

4. Go off the beaten track

We tend to flock to the usual hotspots at this time of year, Germany for Christmas markets, Lapland to spend some time with Mr. Claus or the Mediterranean for some winter sun. Booking an alternative could see you avoid the crowds and visiting a destination you wouldn't otherwise get to see.

5. Accept things can go wrong

Adverse weather and bumper crowds put strain on systems used to more comfortable conditions. Setting off with the right mindset can see you overcome many of the stresses of travelling at the busiest time of year. You may not get the seat you wanted, the cabin crew may be running late, but mentally preparing for the worst and refusing to get flustered will make everything a lot more manageable.

Flying over the festive period? Don't forget to get covered!

Remember your travel insurance before you depart this December. At World First we provide last minute travel insurance, so you can celebrate Christmas in confidence.