Please take time during the holidays this year to pause and enjoy the moment. Before you know it, the cooking and cleaning will all be done, the special meal will have been enjoyed, and we will move on to the next activity, the next trip, and the next thing to do.
So remember to find happiness in all of the special holiday traditions. They give us a chance to reflect on what brings us joy. And here are our tips to get through one of the most challenging parts of the season, holiday travel. With a little bit of forethought, your time in the car or on the plane can be just a bit easier, leaving you more time to do the things you love with the people you love. Happy Thanksgiving, from the A’nue family to you and your family!
- Travel light – how many times have you returned from a trip and found that you didn’t even wear half of the clothes you packed? Bring your favorite basic, such as A’nue’s wrinkle resistant, travel friendly Lycra Collared Bell Sleeve or The Cowl Neck Tunic that can be accessorized in different ways, creating a different look each time you wear it. You’ll find that you’re able to skip the baggage claim zoo, saving time and often money on checked-in luggage fees!
- Stay hydrated – long trips can be draining, emotionally and physically. Take a refillable water bottle with you (empty, of course, if you have to go through TSA screening) so that you can sip to your heart’s content. A hydrated body is a healthier body, and your heart, your digestive system and your muscles will thank you.
- Sleep – Yes, you can be the one to make those eye masks look trendy and cool! Whatever it takes to catch a little rest, do it. Sleep is one of the few ways that our body can re-charge, so get a good amount of rest in the weeks leading up to the holidays and try to keep your normal bedtime routine as much as possible.
- Be aware of travel delays – Whether arriving by air or by car, stay “in the know” with any last minute changes in your travel plans. For air travel, sign up for text or email alerts from your airline or from a more general service like FlightAware (flightaware.com). And there are many options when it comes to road travel. Most states have alerts through their Department of Transportation, but you can also check out the Federal Highway Administration at fhwa.dot.gov.
- Tap into your inner zen – Above all else, stay calm! With many people trying to get where they need to go, it’s easy for tension to rise and tempers to flare. Take a breath and remember that it may only take a moment to put things into perspective and defuse the situation. Humor often works, too – so don’t forget a few of your favorite jokes. A bit of laughter or just an understanding smile might set your travel day back on the right course.