There are so many articles already on the internet about how to reduce holiday stress, we know that it would take a library to house all of the truly great suggestions from resources like The Huffington Post’s Travel Stress article or this one from Project ACT: Top 20 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress. But we wanted to create a simple “Top 10” list of things we have learned about reducing holiday stress from the many travelers we have taken to or picked up from the airport during the holidays over the years:
- Choose a great Car Service that will monitor your flights and make sure you have transportation when you need it and where you need it.
- Make a checklist of all of the important items to double check you have packed before you close the last suitcase. Some our team came up with are:
- Personal care items (toothbrush, deodorant)
- Travel vouchers/tickets
- Cash and credit cards (it’s always good to be sure you have some smaller bills for tipping the bellhop)
- Sunscreen or an umbrella, depending on your destination
- Sandals or snow boots (again, depending on the destination)
- Electronics and their power sources/chargers
- Take advantage of the internet. Use online check in services and electronic tickets that you can store on your phone – no printers required!
- Read the travel guidelines that the TSA posts as well as the ones that your individual airline posts (each airline has slightly different restrictions for things like carry-ons and checked baggage, for example).
- Remember that it’s only a few days in a lifetime. Don’t let (insert the person that makes you go crazy here) get the best of you. It’s OK to step away to catch your breath.
- Enjoy the food and drinks, but not too much.
- Take time to rest. Being well rested can make everything seem a lot less challenging.
- Remember that others are feeling stressed too. Be patient. Find the humor in the situation!
- Schedule realistically – give yourself / group time to get from place to place, plan for the unexpected.
- Try to get some fresh air every day!
And by the way… we’re offering $10.00 off on our airport transportation on November 26th, 27th and 28th 2015. Use promo code: thanksgiving15
Travel tips for a stress-free trip:
When you travel, there are so many bits and pieces to remember, that it is inevitable that something will be forgotten in the last minute rush to finish packing and get to the airport on time. Here are some simple things you can do before you take off to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable.
- Check the weather forecast for the area you are going to. And even if you are going to a hot and sunny location, remember that if you will be spending some or all of your time in air-conditioned buildings, bring some long sleeves and sweaters with you.
- Bring some smaller bills for tipping. At the beginning of your trip, you often have just larger bills, and don’t have any money for tipping drivers or bellhops, so make sure you have some $1 and $5 bills in your wallet before you leave.
- If you regularly take off on a trip without one or more of your chargers, you are not alone. This is probably one of the most forgotten items among travelers. Since this often happens to hotel guests who leave their chargers in their hotel room when they head home, hotels usually have a box of all kinds of chargers at the lobby desk for the forgetful to borrow.
- Pack non-electronic reading material for the flight.
- Bring ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones on the plane. You would be surprised how much the noise on a plane contributes to your feeling exhausted by the end of the flight.
- Keep a toothbrush pre-packed in each piece of luggage you have. This is a tip from a friend of mine who forgets to pack her toothbrush on a regular basis. Now she’s never without one.
- I know you’ve heard this one before, but it really is a valuable tip – roll, don’t fold your clothes when you pack.
- Use American City Express for your airport transportation. You’ll save time and arrive relaxed.
Reliable airport service lets you skip the parking lot:
If you search for JFK Airport parking, you will discover how expensive it is. Looking at the map of the airport, you will also see that some of the parking is quite a distance from the terminals. Parking at the airport adds stress and expense to your trip. If you are trying to find a better way to get yourself to your flight on time, American City Express airport transportation offers an ideal solution to the parking dilemma.
When you travel with American City Express, our well-trained drivers take the worry out of getting in and out of the airport on time, and you get to avoid all the stress of finding parking, and making the trek from the lot to your gate.
Our skilled and professional drivers are at your service to provide not only expert driving, but also knowledge of the airport, its traffic patterns and schedules. With unparalleled personalized care and attention, you will experience a smooth ride and effortless transitions.
So leave the driving to us, and relax in one of our beautiful, clean and comfortable vehicles. Sit back and enjoy your ride to the airport, because you deserve to get to your destination rested and worry-free. It’s up to you how you want to spend your time. We can help you make the most of it.
Tips for getting the best seats on a plane
Which seats on a plane do you prefer? Window seats, aisle seats, exit row, bulkhead seats, seats near the front? Whatever your preference is, here are some ideas to help you get the seats where you will be the most comfortable on your flight.
Members of frequent flier programs will often have access to better seats on a flight. You can sometimes pay extra to get better seats, but that is not always worth the expense. It depends on what is available on each type of plane. Of course, buying your tickets as early as you can is usually a sure bet to secure a better seat, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.
Make sure to select your seat when you book your flight, and to confirm your seat when you do your online check-in. Sometimes at check-in you even have an opportunity to choose a better seat.
The best advice we can give you for getting (and keeping) a great seat on a flight, is to get to the airport early! Getting to the airport, through check-in, through security, and to the gate with plenty of time to spare is one way to make sure that your seat will be the one you want. If you get to the gate early, sometimes it pays to ask whether any new seat choices have opened up. And the best way to ensure that you get to the airport with sufficient time to get all of this done is to ride in an American City Express car right up to the door of the terminal, avoiding airport parking problems altogether.