Holiday Travel Tips for Small-Business Owners and Their Families

Many small-business owners spend a fair amount of time on the road. But no matter how often you travel for business, your experience does nothing to prepare you for taking a family trip during the holiday season. Traveling with your spouse, partner, and/or children at peak times is really a whole different ballgame.

Here are four tips for making travel during the holidays as pleasant as possible.

1. Book farther in advance. If you have a family, especially one with small kids, you’ll want to sit together on the airplane. Save yourself some stress and horse-trading by booking well in advance. There are fewer seats available for advance seat assignment (without a fee) these days, and the longer you wait to book, the less likely you are to find them. Book earlier and you’ll have your pick of seats. Booking farther in advance won’t always be the cheapest option, but it will make your journey much easier. (Besides, travel during the holidays isn’t going to be cheap, anyway.) How far in advance should you book? Most traditional airlines let you book up to 330 days before your flight, but you don’t have to wait by your computer for that day to come. Even 4 months out will often give you plenty of options during the holidays.

2. Pay for your checked bags before you leave home. If you travel a lot, you may have elite status and thus not have to pay to check your luggage. However, you may have to fly a different airline than your usual one to get to the in-laws’ house. In any case, check-in online and pay for your bags before you leave for the airport. It makes it easier to just get your bag tagged when you arrive. The less you have to deal with at the airport, the better!

3. Arrive at the airport early. Road warriors often perfect the art of arriving at the airport with just enough time to board a flight without having to sit around. Don’t play that game over the holidays. A ton of inexperienced travelers take their one yearly trip during this time; thus, airports are often crowded and lines move slowly. If you’re traveling with kids, they need more time, too — to go to the bathroom, to get food, or to walk alongside you. Give yourself and your companions a nice big buffer of time, so you don’t watch your airplane pushing back from the gate without you on it.

4. Be patient. On family and holiday trips, things rarely go as smoothly as they usually do when you fly alone. That’s just the way it is. So, try to be as patient as possible. Your vacation will be a much better experience for you and your family if you are prepared to roll with the punches. (This also may help you deal with your extended family for a full week.)

About Brett Snyder

Brett is the Founder and President of Cranky Concierge air travel assistance. He also writes the consumer air travel blog, The Cranky Flier.
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6 comments
Abhinav Singh
Abhinav Singh

I think I have got the idea to plan my holiday trip.

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All your tips are very useful for any business trip. Nice information is collect by this site or also doing a nice help to us by sharing this..I'm glad to find this information here,thanks for the sharing..!!

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Holiday is the time for all of us to relax and get away from it all..Adventure holidays are a great way to spend your holiday if you have had enough downtime lately...According to me, all those tips you have mentioned in your post are beneficial for business or family tour. Thanks for sharing !

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I think these are the tips suitable for every person rather than specific to small business and their families. As everyone needs to be aware about planning and leaving for the holidays:)

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