Holiday travel was a hot topic during our November 4th Twitter chat. We discussed whether to drive or fly, how to make travel time family time and how to keep cool in a busy airport. Read on for our top tips and tricks for the holiday travel season.
ARE YOU TRAVELING FOR THE HOLIDAYS? WHERE? WHEN?
@barblikos We are staying home. I love being in my own home for the holidays.
@from1mom2another Everyone is coming to us this year so I am super excited!!!
@LianneandEric Local stuff is the best for taking a much-needed breather! We’ll be mostly doing that this year too.
ARE YOU DRIVING OR FLYING? WHY?
@utsadeli With these gas prices going lower, why not drive? Great to see the country in the car.
@kymri Do enough flying throughout year for work, prefer to stay home & welcome guests for holidays this year.
@AnujadeSilva Driving coz it’s close to us but flights are crazy unless you take most of the week off!
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR SANITY IN AN INSANE AIRPORT?
@LoriLeal1 Valium helps. 😉
@allierose Try to do is stay away from the HUB airports during the holidays (if poss) or try to go late/early.
@debmomof3 Have actually never flown during the holidays – either stay home or visit family w/in driving distance.
@PaulEisenberg Started paying extra for preferred check-in, accelerated security line. Worth every penny and I don’t go beserk anymore.
@chellez437 Bring items to keep us all busy during downtime.
@kymri Keep calm, and know that it’s likely crazier for person behind counter. Be kind and patient.
@MOMishStyle PRE CHECK IN and Pack light!
WHAT ARE WAYS YOU COMBINE FAMILY TIME AND TRAVEL DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
@Sleatham1 When we are traveling, we are chatting, laughing, singing and being crazy!
@Cammi72 We spend Christmas Eve at grandparents farm. Huge family gathering. Kids have a program-tradition.
@Springmesweet As mom of 4, travel is only so good as the smiles and laughter. Bring out the funnies and make them all have gas?
@SPN_Mom Spend time with everyone after all activities are done. Movie or a game.
HAVE YOU STARTED YOUR OWN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS/HOSTING OR DOES MOM STILL DO IT ALL?
@barblikos I’ve been the planner for close to 20 years now.
@dipaolamomma We started our own when we moved 3000 miles from my mom. But picked up some new Italian traditions from my MIL. Like FOOD.
@MeaganShamy We’ve started a lot of our own because we do not always get to c family depending where we r stationed.
@ktj329 Since I moved away, we definitely have our own traditions! I like to incorporate some of my ones in too, like new pjs on xmas eve.
@Sleatham1 After my Daddy Passed last year, Christmas has become my holiday to host! We love having mom over Christmas eve!
@motherearth2000 Mom does it but we help.
@ihopeudancealot I would love to take holiday trip but as I said I do Xmas dinner so can’t get out of it.
@PaulEisenberg Did Tgiving at WDW resort one year. Loved thin crowds but it did feel a little weird not doing traditional dinner.
@TibsTravel Holiday cruise wise option once–the year my mother died. Made sense for me to regroup emotionally.
@KimberlyAlumbau I prefer to have the holidays at home as a tradition, and travel during non busy times, less stress.
@judy511 No – but have fantasy of doing when I’m a grandparent & treating everyone. Must win lottery.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.