Traveling is stressful during the “slow” travel months of the year but the stress is even greater during the holidays when the airlines are besieged by travelers longing to get home to visit family and friends. While there is not much you can do to speed up the process, there are steps you can take to make the trip more enjoyable and comfortable:
- Ask for an airline pillow and use it for padding any part of your body that is prone to chronic pain. Bring your own neck pillow for additional comfort.
- When planning your flight, take the shortest route to your destination. Avoid overnight (red-eye) flights if possible.
- If you have mobility issues, take advantage of the wheelchair service offered at the airport.
- Use a luggage cart for your bags instead of carrying luggage throughout the airport when running from gate to gate.
- If your budget allows, upgrade to first class or business class. These seats provide a more comfortable, relaxing experience.
- If you have special food needs, request this in advance with the airline or simply pack your own food.
- Pack your carry-on luggage in compliance with air travel regulations (i.e. liquids in a zipper top bag) and do your part to help speed the traffic through security and through the boarding process.
Patience is key to airline travel, especially when you are making flights during the busiest season of the travel year.