Getting caught up by the holiday rush could be one of the worst days of our lives. So to keep the holidays stress-free and more fun, the best thing to do is to avoid the holiday rush. It’s better to be prepared than be sorry and stressed later so, we’ll give you some helpful holiday travel tips to guide you.

Here are some Christmas travel tips and New Year travel tips for you to plan out your vacation right during the holiday rush and get the most out of it.

1. Finalize your travel dates first

Before deciding your destination, pick out the dates! It’s essential that you pick either to take a leave on the week of Christmas or the week of New Year. You can ask for a 4-day leave and get 9 days’ worth of holidays. You can also get 16 days’ worth of holidays with an 8-day leave! This can totally work if you’re going abroad. However, if you’re a college student, you don’t have to worry much because you will usually have a 2-week semester break.

2. Pick the right destination

This is the most crucial of all! You don’t want to ruin your holidays because the place you decide to go to is too crowded or too empty. Social media is usually the first resort to find places to go on holidays because we can visualize what it looks like. Wherever you decide to go, know your budget, do your research and write down the day-to-day itinerary.

3. Book your transportation now, not tomorrow

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or boat, book your transportation now! This is one of the most important Christmas travel tips you should remember. Don’t book tomorrow, book now! If you’re going with your friends, set up a time for a conference call so that everyone can book tickets at the same time. If you’re traveling with your family, gather all their information, and take charge to book their tickets. Beware, postponing to book your transportation will cause you some money because the prices will go up within hours.

4. Budget hotel for the go

We must be smart about picking where to stay when traveling during the holiday rush. One of the best New Year travel tips is to book budget hotels. Do more research on what local attractions/sites you’re going to and what the distances are from the hotel. Compare hotel prices with other websites, and find out about hotel discounts or flash sales, too!

5. Travel simple and smart

In Southeast Asia, we get a lot of rain in December, so we must travel simple and smart. A camera is essential and so are jackets and umbrella in your carry-on bag. Pack smart and minimize your luggage so you have extra space for gifts and souvenirs on the way back. Place your cash and important documents like passport and ID card in a safe pocket too.

Don’t forget to print out all of your itineraries for transportation and hotels. If you prefer paperless, have all of the itineraries in one folder on your phone. So, now that you’ve read these holiday travel tips and planned your vacations right, it’s time to sit back, relax, and wait until the days come.

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