TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS // MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAY!

The holidays are upon us & we all know that with the holidays come travel days! While some of us may be flying across the country to spend time with friends & families, others may only be celebrating a couple of cities away. But regardless of where you are heading, use these five tips to travel stress-free!

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LEAVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE

Arguably the most important tip for holiday travel is to avoid peak travel times & leave early or leave late. With the influx of tourists traveling around the holidays, you can avoid long custom lines, heavy traffic & travel delays by planning to fly (or drive) when others are not. If Christmas falls on a Saturday (for example) then plan to fly on the Thursday & enjoy an additional day off work … you won’t regret it!

TRAVEL LIGHT!

If you are flying then traveling carry-on only (that’s NO checked baggage) is the best way to guarantee a stress-free travel day. Not only can you check-in online & avoid baggage drop lines at the airport, but you will guarantee that your luggage does not get lost in the chaos.

If you are driving, try not to pack too much just because you can. Pack only what you need & prevent the anxiety that comes with an overcrowded bag (especially if you plan to return home with gifts!)

GIVE YOURSELF TIME

Whether this means checking in early at the airport or leaving an hour earlier for your drive, expect delays & give yourself more time than you would typically need.

PACK SNACKS

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in long weekend or holiday traffic with a car full of kids and just sitting & watching as the time on the clock creeps by. Whether you’re traveling with kids, or simply hoping to avoid “the hanger”, be sure to pack snacks & have them on hand for moments like these.

Flying? Having snacks on hand will not only help to avoid extra spending during your flight, but often times airport delays & extra long security lines leave holiday travelers without enough time to brave the line at Starbucks & grab a snack before boarding.

TRY TO RELAX

I know, I know, there’s nothing worse than being told to “just relax” but when you’re braving travel over the holidays it is SO necessary for a successful trip. Understand that as much as you do to prepare, crowds & delays are unavoidable. Remember that you’ve done everything in your control to ease your travels, but that some things are simply out of your control … & that’s ok. “Just relax” & enjoy the experience as it comes.

WHY TRAVELERS LOVE BLACKLANE // OUR PREFERRED DRIVING SERVICE

WHY TRAVELERS LOVE BLACKLANE // OUR PREFERRED DRIVING SERVICE

I cannot tell you how many times I have made the decision to catch a taxi on arrival, only to be overwhelmed by the added stress & confusion, or scammed into paying double by an unlicensed taxi driver. Blacklane car service is one of my favorite services for airport transfers, not only for the convenience but because they are available in more than 50 countries around the world at affordable prices.

PLANNING & PACKING FOR TRAVEL IN THAILAND // PACKING TIPS

PLANNING & PACKING FOR TRAVEL IN THAILAND // PACKING TIPS

From fast paced city streets to serene white sand beaches, Thailand is one of our most requested destinations & one of our personal favorites as well. Whether you are heading to Thailand this year with TL Travel or going it alone, below you will find just a few of our top tips for planning & packing for your trip. 

UNEXPECTED TRAVEL COSTS // 5 MOST OVERLOOKED TRAVEL EXPENSES THAT YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN

UNEXPECTED TRAVEL COSTS // 5 MOST OVERLOOKED TRAVEL EXPENSES THAT YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN

When you think of booking your next vacation, what are the things that you budget for immediately? Obviously flights & hotels are at the top of your list, perhaps ground transportation comes to mind & of course money for food/drinks. But what other expenses are out there that you are overlooking? Additional travel expenses can add up quickly & can easily put a damper on your trip if you are not prepared for them. Here are TL Travel's 5 most commonly overlooked travel expenses as compiled by you; our TL Travelers. 

WHERE SHOULD YOU TRAVEL TO NEXT? // CHOOSING THE PERFECT DESTINATION

WHERE SHOULD YOU TRAVEL TO NEXT? // CHOOSING THE PERFECT DESTINATION

There is never just one right answer when it comes to the question "where should I travel to next?" Every traveler is different, has different restrictions & wants different things. What I find thrilling may bore you to tears & vise versa, so how do you know what destination is right for you?

RENTING A CAR ABROAD // THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GO

RENTING A CAR ABROAD // THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GO

I learned lesson after lesson "the hard way" because every company & every country is different, but today I have finally got it all figured out! So here it is; for all of our travelers who rent cars abroad & crave the freedom that it brings you, these are our top TL Travel tips for SUCCESSFULLY renting a car for your next vacation!

WHY TRAVEL WITH A GROUP? // 5 REASONS WE LOVE GROUP TRAVEL!

WHY TRAVEL WITH A GROUP? // 5 REASONS WE LOVE GROUP TRAVEL!

Traveling the world is an amazing thing! There is no better feeling (in my opinion) than stepping out of the airport in a brand new destination & being welcomed by new sights & sounds. More often though, I find myself hopping into business mode; find a taxi, barter a price, locate the hotel, where should I eat? etc., & before I know it that feeling is gone. Group travel makes all of these things easy & allows you to make the most of each moment without having to worry about the logistics of where to go next, how to get there & how not to get ripped off. If you are a traveler (or soon-to-be traveler) who has never experienced travel as a group, here are a few reasons why you should try it out!

DOCUMENTING SOLO TRAVEL // GETTING THE SHOT YOU WANT

DOCUMENTING SOLO TRAVEL // GETTING THE SHOT YOU WANT

When you travel the world with a group or a partner there is always someone on hand to snap a photo & capture the moment for you. For travel bloggers especially, having yourself included in your travel photos adds a personal touch & element of engagement to your social media posts, so you can imagine the struggle that arises for solo travelers who want to document their adventures & still be present in their own shots.

BEAUTY FAVORITES FOR MY CARRY-ON // BASIC SKIN CARE

BEAUTY FAVORITES FOR MY CARRY-ON // BASIC SKIN CARE

It should come as no surprise to our readers that the TL Travel team travels A LOT. Travel, as much as we love it, can be very unpredictable & when it comes to major flight delays you may never know what you need from your luggage to stay sane & feel fresh while you wait.