Maximum Living Travel Tips For November
Traveling can be stressful any time of year, but as the Holidays near, things can get a little extra crazy. Travel in November is almost synonymous with Thanksgiving, and getting anywhere on or around Thanksgiving can cause some headaches, so Maximum Living is here to try make your travels go as smoothly as possible.
Thanksgiving Travel Tips
With so many people traveling to be with family, airports are crowded, and flights can be delayed. It might be worth paying a higher price for a non-stop flight than risk a lengthy delay for a missed connection.
If possible, avoid high traffic days like the Wednesday before, and the weekend after Thanksgiving, which are some of the busiest travel days of the year. If it makes sense, you may want to consider traveling on Thanksgiving day, but only if it is a short trip... You don't want to show up to dinner only to find everyone else starving and grumpy, or worse... Falling asleep on the couch watching football after eating without you!
If you are driving, the same idea applies. While you won't be able to avoid traffic, you can try to plan your trip around these busiest days.
General Travel Tips
While traveling overseas we all want to save money on making phone calls back home to our family and friends, so here is a great way to do it and do it for free! Make sure you, and all those who you are planning on staying in touch with have the SKYPE app on their phones and computers. Then anytime you are in a place with WiFi, you can make a free call to them through SKYPE and they can call you too, since the app lets them know when you are online. You don’t have to worry about any phone plans, data rates or anything else associated with calling plans. Not only is it free, but it works great!
In the United States many airports are now offering a service called CLEAR. This service clears you to be personally escorted to the front of any TSA line whether you are TSA Pre-check or not. It is so great to now have the option to be cleared through TSA first and get right through all of those long lines within minutes! Just make sure to have your travel documents and ID with you.
Always pack a lightweight change of clothes into your carryon bag. It will save you any frustration of having to deal with not having a clean set of clothes if your luggage is lost.
In your hotel room you may receive free shower caps and slippers. I like to wrap any liquid items inside the shower caps. If they happen to leak during a flight, you will be saved. The slippers are great to put in your carryon. I like to wear them during a flight so I can take off my shoes and still keep my socks clean when walking around the cabin… Then you can toss them in the trash when you land!
Check with your health insurance and homeowners/rental insurance carriers about your coverage and benefits while traveling. Many times it can save you a lot of out-of-pocket expense and minimize the need for purchasing additional travel insurance.