Some Ways to Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful

Relax

This one is important to remember. It’s amazing how taking a nice deep breath when tensions are high manages to calm your nerves. It’s important to not let the actions of others affect your mindset when out and about. If someone takes your parking space, don’t worry about it. There will be another one soon. If someone gets in front of you in line, strike up a conversation!

Be Aware

Whether you are out driving, shopping, or catching a flight, there are going to be other people. Lots of them. Try not to drive if you’re tired. If you have to drive, make sure to grab a coffee to stay alert. The same goes for shopping. An alert shopper is more likely to have a better, faster experience.

Plan Ahead

Of course staying in by the fire with some egg nog is ideal, but if you have to go out, try to plan where you need to go. Stick to that plan, but don’t worry if you get off course due to things like traffic. If you are flying, make sure you give yourself extra time to get through security checkpoints.

Be Courteous

It’s easier to smile and feel better instantly, than to stay angry. If you see someone struggling with their luggage, groceries or presents, offer to lend a hand. Odds are, you will make someones day. This will make you both feel better.

Safety First

If the weather outside is truly frightful, try to stay off the roads. Drink responsibly and always use a designated driver when going to holiday parties. You will be glad you did.

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Advantages of Low Priced Motels

In today’s struggling economy, vacation has become a foreign word. Many people are unable to afford to travel or take any vacations because travel and accommodation expenses are just too high. However, there is way for people to stay for less while on vacation. Motels offer many of the same features of hotels, except at a lower price. Do not expect luxury at motels, but you can plan on a clean and safe place to stay while traveling. There are a few factors people should look for when choosing and staying at a motel.

With the motel community becoming more competitive, many motels have started to offer more than just the typical amenities. Some now carry weight rooms or swimming pools, and offer breakfast. Consider what you are looking in a motel while researching. Are you going to only be staying a night on business? Are you traveling with your family? What type of budget are you working with? Do you have a pet with you? The answers to these questions will narrow the search and make it much easier to pick a hotel. It is also important to consider issues like parking. Many motels in larger cities charge for parking. The additional cost may as well be spent at a more expensive motel with better amenities and free parking.

Cost and safety are typically two major concerns of travelers, especially if they are traveling with a family. Be sure to research hotel and motel prices in the area you will be traveling. This will give you a good idea what to expect to pay. Remember a motel is meant to be a budget location, so it should be more affordable than area hotels. Safety is extremely important, especially in larger cities. What area are you staying in? Is it a dangerous area of the city? Can you see the parking lot from your room? It is very important to know the area that you will be staying in. Do not simply trust advertisements. Do your own research and ask family and friends that have traveled to this location before. If the motel is in a dangerous area, be on the safe side and pick a different motel.

Finally, consider how far the motel is from your sightseeing destinations. It is prefect if they motel is in the heart of all your travels, but sometimes for a less expensive hotel, a short drive may be required. The benefits of being further away from the popular sights are that the accommodations will be more affordable.

The drawback is the distance from the sights, how long it will take to travel there, and the issue about where to park your car. Some people do not mind the drive, but be sure you know your motel location in relation to your sightseeing destinations. Motels have a reputation for being subpar, but the truth is that they are a practical and affordable way to make vacations a little more affordable. With proper … READ MORE