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Tips for Reducing Stress While Traveling for the Holidays

While it might not always feel like it in Los Angeles, the holiday season has finally arrived. Many families are getting ready to fly across the country or even across the world to visit their loved ones.

These holiday adventures can be exciting but can also be stressful. Read on to find a few tips that can help travelers avoid stress and focus on enjoying their time with their families.


Make Plans in Advance

Chances are, readers have already booked their tickets to fly. What many travelers don’t think about in advance, though, is making arrangements for their cars. LAX airport parking can be quite expensive for those who choose to park on-site, but there are better options.

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It’s often easier to find cheap airport parking off-site at a private lot. Those who choose to book their parking spots online in advance can often save even more and may be able to find coupons or special discounts.


Arrive Early

It’s always a good idea to arrive early at the airport, especially around the holidays. Airports are often extremely crowded during this time of year, and it can be difficult to make it through security and to the gate on time, especially for families that have kids in tow. Those who opt for parking off-site to save some money should be sure to leave some extra time to catch a shuttle to the terminal.


Pack the Night Before

Don’t put off packing until the morning of the flight, as this can lead to a ton of extra stress and may even wind up making travelers late or lead them to forget essential items at home. In addition to packing everything except for things like cell phone chargers, medications, and toiletries in advance, it’s a good idea to make preparations the night before. Lay out clothes, pack a snack, print all of the boarding passes or send electronic passes to the phone, and make sure the car is gassed up in advance to reduce the amount of time it takes to get prepared in the morning.


Keep Kids Distracted

Traveling with small children always comes with a little bit of stress, but bringing along favorite toys or books to keep the kids distracted can make a huge difference. It can also help to bring along a child’s favorite snacks, as these may not be available in the terminal or on the plane itself.


Learn More Today

Want to find more information about how to save money while traveling this holiday season? Readers can visit our site to learn more about parking discounts, how to find online coupons for restaurants and hotels, and making plans to facilitate safe and stress-free travels today.

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