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Top tips for a stress-free Christmas break

15 Dec 2017

Travelling at any time of year can be stressful – whether you’ve got kids, are a couple or a lone traveller. But with the added pressures that Christmas can bring, the stress can often be heightened. So we’ve compiled our top 10 tips to make your festive trip as stress-free as possible.

Pack Smart – Light but Prepared
If you’re going away for a week, try not to pack a month’s worth of clothes! Pack the bits you know you’ll definitely need and maybe a couple of spare pairs of socks to prepare for the cold weather (if you’re going somewhere cold and Christmassy that is!). Check whether you’re accommodation has towels, hangers, toiletries and other items to save valuable space in your suitcase for gifts and souvenirs.


Put your liquids at the top of your case
Already sealed in a clear plastic bag, place your liquids and electrical items at the very top of your suitcase so you don’t have to unpack everything to get through airport security.

Practise local phrases
Travelling or taking a trip is so much easier when you can ask basic questions in the local language! So know your “bonjour” from your “auf wiedersehen” and make sure you know essential words and phrases.

Plan your activities in advance
Planning ahead and making sure the activities and excursions you most want to do are booked in advance can remove any chance of disappointment when you arrive. You’ll also often get a better price by booking in advance too. From meeting Santa to seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, plan ahead and get ready for a fantastic break.

Follow the snow
If it’s a wintery feel you’re after, nothing beats a good old snowy scene! Whether you head to Lapland for family time, the French Alps for a skiing holiday or to the highlands of Scotland for a relaxing getaway, dive into snow this winter.

Winter landscape

Christmas shop when you get there

If you’re going away for Christmas, no one wants to lug around presents for the whole family. Find a local shopping centre or traditional Christmas market to find sentimental, unique and exciting presents for your loved ones.

Avoid peak travel dates
The Christmas period can be the most stressful time of year. Everywhere is busy and people scatter the street, shops and airports. Booking a flight outside of peak days and times can reduce the number of people travelling at the same time as you and help you avoid the huge crowds over Christmas.

Try not to stress about the small stuff
Ok, so this one could be quite tricky… but try not to stress about things you either have no control over or are small and won’t affect you in the long run. If your flight is a little delayed or your coach transfer is longer than expected and the kids are driving you mad… sit back, relax and enjoy a beverage of your choice when you finally get there.

Remember your adapters
From charging your phone, using your hairdryer or listening to your favourite tunes over a speaker, you may need plug adapters to make sure you can use your electronic devices abroad!

Don’t forget your kids #HomeAlone
Remember to double check your house before you travel so you don’t leave Kevin at home!


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