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Is it too early to start making holiday travel plans?

Autumn is in full swing, and that means it will soon start smelling like the holidays. Spicy gingerbread, roasted turkey, pumpkin lattes, fresh baked pie, and mulled wine—the cool weather seems to bring out the best in cooks all over the country. It’s enough temptation to face holiday crowds and head home for the holidays.

So, where will you like to spend this holiday season? Now is the time to work out your holiday travel plans. Somehow, the nostalgic appeal of your hometown and the camaraderie of family and friends often pulls people back to their roots. It’s also a fun time to take a trip with friends and start new traditions. Whatever your travel plans are, it’s always a good idea to book flights and hotel rooms well in advance, since you can often get the best rates by booking early and there is usually limited availability.

Here’s the beginnings of your holiday travel checklist:airplane

  • Let family members and friends know your travel plans early
  • Mark down dates to book flights, hotel rooms, and make other arrangements
  • Schedule time off work
  • Begin making lists of items you need or packing you need to do

Another tip for holiday travel is to select gifts that pack well. Think unbreakable and low profile. Books, calendars, small handbags, gift cards, and scarves will fit in suitcases and arrive in great condition. If you pre-wrap gifts, bear in mind that if you’re flying, wrapped gifts in your carry-on may need to be unwrapped at security. You can simplify your holiday travel by ordering gifts for friends and family online and have their gifts delivered to them, saving you packing space and the hassle of keeping track of gifts while traveling.

As you plan your holiday travel, remember to take some time to enjoy the fall colors and the sights and smells of the upcoming holidays. Happy autumn!

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