Planning for Traffic Delays on Your Next Holiday
22 August 2012
It can be extremely frustrating to wait all year for those holidays to come around and then be stuck dealing with traffic jams. Sometimes there’s not a lot you can do, but either way, plan ahead as much as possible to deal with any possible delays. The following is a look at some of the things you can do to smooth your holiday travel path a little.
Keep yourself amused
Dealing with traffic delays while you are on holidays can be extremely frustrating, but there often isn’t a lot you can do to about them. One of the best ways to prepare for any kind of delay you may have to deal with on your trip is to be sure to have plenty of ways to keep yourself amused. If you have a good book to read or a computer game to play, you are far less likely to have delays ruin your holiday, as chances are you won’t notice it as much.
Time your holiday well
It makes sense that some times of the year see more people holidaying than others, so if you can avoid going during busy times, you will likely significantly reduce the chances of traffic delays impacting your holidays. Sometimes, you have no choice but to travel when everyone else is, such as in the case of public holidays, festivals or national celebrations. However, if you have a choice on when you take your holiday break, plan to go when there are a few less other people. Apart from being a bit quieter, travelling during the off season will also usually mean you will save a fortune on your accommodation costs, as everything from serviced apartments to group accommodation drop their prices as they look to attract customers.
Allow plenty of time
It is always best to allow plenty of time when it comes to travelling, especially if you have to make any time-specific transfers, like getting on a connecting bus or plane. While it might seem like a good idea to not have to wait around at the airport for the later flight, unless you allow for unforeseen problems like traffic delays, you may end up stressing over whether or not you will make that tight connection at all.
If you allow for delays but don’t have any and therefore arrive early, most types of accommodation will allow you to store your luggage until check in time, and some may even allow you to check into your rooms early. Talk to your accommodation provider when you are making your booking about options in case you arrive early.
Become a calmer person
Whether you start meditating or learn how to make the most of breathing exercises, if you don’t want to be one of those people losing their minds in a holiday traffic jam, make a point of becoming a lot calmer. Planning to be calmer in all aspects of your life will benefit you considerably if you are unlucky enough to be caught up in a holiday traffic jam, as well as generally make it harder for things outside of your control to be able to turn into a nightmare situation.