Travel Tips for the Holidays
“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays, ‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home” – Al Stillman, Robert Allen
Being in charge of planning out Emerson’s tradeshows throughout the year has its perks. Traveling is something I absolutely enjoy, and planning special events with our suppliers and conferences is very rewarding. It can be a tough job filled with detailed organization and time management, but that is what makes the job worthwhile. I would like to say the same for the Holiday season..
If you’re like me, and the 43% of Americans who travel for the Holidays, no matter how happy you are or how many Christmas carols you sing, this time of year can be pretty darn hectic. From planning, to packing, to checking in on time, traveling either by yourself or with your family can turn you into a little Grinch, and believe me, I’ve been there. For the past 6 years I’ve been traveling 3,000 miles each way to see my family for Christmas. Making all sorts of mistakes with airlines, packing the right things (carrying gifts with you just to save a buck or two on shipping is NOT a good idea), flight delays, etc. So, before you turn green and start spouting sarcastic remarks and pulling your hair out, here are a few tricks I’ve learned along the way to deflect the busiest time of year:
- Be proactive! Instead of reacting to flight delays, layovers, check in times etc., take the initiative to factor in all types of situations during traveling. This includes:
- The weather – Check to see if any winter storms are on the way – if so, find alternative routes with your airline to manage your on time arrival.
- Packing – Pack appropriately, save room for gifts you receive from your loved ones when traveling back. PS – don’t travel with their gifts. Ship them out ahead of time so you have more room for your own belongings.
- Early Check in – beat the lines and get an early bird check in if your airline has one, it will put your mind at ease.
- Be preventive! You’re going to be traveling with a lot of people, and germs are along for the ride. Make sure you have hand sanitizer, tissues, and an immune support booster with you. Emerson Ecologics carries a wide variety of Immune Support products that help with the little sniffles and sneezes you may come across. You can find the products here: https://www.emersonecologics.com/Catalog/ShopByCategory.aspx?c=Immune%20Support.
- Breathe! Traveling can be an overwhelming and stressful exercise, even if you only do it once a year. Remember, you are traveling to see your family and friends. Take a moment to feel the anticipation, joy and excitement of seeing them. Let that feeling fill your mind and heart entirely. You’ll feel a warm calming over your body, and now you can relax and enjoy the hours you have to endure to have that moment in mind come to life!
Happy Holidays and safe travels!
Written by Klara Albert, Marketing Coordinator at Emerson Ecologics.
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