(BPT) — Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home.
• Pack flexibly — Family schedules can change quickly when large groups come together. You may discover yourself needing to dress for an evening out to attend your granddaughter’s school concert, or in need of warm and comfy walking shoes for an evening of Christmas caroling. These plans may not be finalized until you arrive, so pack your suitcase with multi-purpose clothing. For example, a pair of black slacks can easily be dressed up, or dressed down, depending on the look you need. Also throw in a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a pair of dressier shoes to create different looks.
• Stay smart — Whether you’re on the road, or there just isn’t space at your family member’s home, or you simply want a comfortable bed with quiet surroundings for a good night of sleep, many times you’ll need to find hotel accommodations during the holidays.
• Take time for yourself — While it’s great to reunite with family over the holidays, coordinating with a big group can be overwhelming at times. When you stay at a hotel, you can find ways to take time for yourself, or with another member of the family. Consider inviting your daughter out for a lunch away from the crowd. Or settle into a comfy chair to watch a college football game. Or you can work off some of those holiday calories in the fully equipped fitness center. Just be sure to take time away from the crowd so you can recharge and enjoy spending the holiday with family.
• Find the hidden treasures in the community — Every neighborhood and community has hidden treasures that would be fun to explore with your family. Maybe it’s driving around the town looking at the holiday lights and decorations. Or someone recommends a local cafe that serves the best hot chocolate and pie. Or a bookstore with ornate architecture and hard-to-find used books. Make the effort to really visit the community where your loved ones live, and learn more about those fun and unique places that you’ll want to visit again during future holiday gatherings.
With these travel tips, you can enjoy your holidays with family away from home. So sit back, grab another holiday treat and enjoy the stories being shared by your loved ones.