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Holiday Travel Tips to Reduce Stress

Holiday Travel TipsHolidays are stressful to begin with, and travelling tends to exacerbate the situation. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday travel tips, specifically those that’ll help you stay relaxed on your trip. Whether you fly, drive, or take a train or bus, there’s tips any traveler can appreciate.

To being with, ignore your instincts and pack light. According to The New York Times, you should avoid packing your vehicle to the brim if possible. If flying, ship your gifts in advance—don’t let them be ripped open by TSA agents.  “I’ve seen instances when TSAs had to rip open beautifully wrapped gifts, which is not a fun way to start off a holiday,” David Solomito, the vice president of marketing at the travel search engine Kayak, has said.

Solomito also notes that the best day to travel is—believe it or not—the actual holiday itself. You’re statistically likely to find fewer crowds, less traffic, and better airfare on Christmas Day, than, say, a day or two before. If you can avoid flying or driving home before the actual holiday, you could have a much more enjoyable trip.

Finally, take the direct route. For drivers, this is more obvious. However, if you choose to fly, you might consider spending a little extra for fewer layovers. Connections will drastically increase stress, especially because holiday flights are prone to delays and overbooking. Unless you save hundreds of dollars, it might be worth it to take the shortest route.

5 Favorite, Festive Christmas Specials on TV

Christmas ShowsWith Christmas fast approaching, there are sure to be a ton of Christmas specials on TV. These animated classics are the perfect thing to watch with the entire family. Be sure to tune into these five festive Christmas specials on TV when they air.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ seasonal tale about a grouchy creature who hates Christmas is brought to life through this animated classic.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang search for the true meaning of Christmas in this animated classic.

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer

Rudolph, who is at first made fun of for his glowing red nose, ends up saving Christmas during this classic Christmas special that celebrates what makes us different.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

If your children have ever wondered where Santa Clause came from, this animated special recounts the origins of the jolly old man.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus may be the stars of this special, but everyone remembers how the Heat Miser and Snow Miser really steal the show. They’re too much!