Traveling Abroad for the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching quicker than you think! Pretty soon the bells are going to be jingling and the snow will be falling. Many people and families plan their travels over the holidays. Their children are out of school and it is the time of year to extend your appreciation to your loved ones. If you are planning on traveling abroad, please feel free to check out a previous post of mine for general international travel tips. For those of you that have already read that blog, AurTravel now provides tips specifically regarding holiday travel.

Tour packages –The best route to choose over the holidays is purchasing a tour package for you and your family. The packages may vary depending on the destination, but it can include any of the following entities: flights, hotel(s), transfers, and some tours or excursions. Booking these all together in one package can be beneficial to you so you are not going through different vendors to complete your vacation. Using only one vendor minimizes your stress and our stress (switch our and your around, so that they’re need comes first) – it’s a win-win!

Book early – Travel is generally more expensive during the holiday season, so the earlier you book, the better the price may be. Sometimes there are early-bird specials that provide you discounts, too!

Purchase travel insurance – If you live in Nebraska or the Midwest especially, this is a purchase you will not regret. Our weather is extremely unpredictable – it may be 60 degrees one day and snowing the next. Travel insurance will help you out immensely if your flights get delayed, cancelled, or if your luggage is lost. Be sure to understand the details of what your insurance covers.

Passport – Make sure your passport is valid 6 months after your return date. The last thing you want to do over the holidays is get stuck in an unfamiliar country. Also, if you are purchasing your passport now, I recommend doing it sooner than later so you do not get in a jam with the plethora of people who are also in the process of receiving their passport.

Back at home – Crime is high during the holiday season. Tell someone you trust (neighbor, family member, friend, etc.) that you will be traveling and request that they keep an eye on your house, pick up the newspaper, and shovel your driveway if it snows. If you have a security system or lights on a timer, I suggest setting them. This way it looks like you are home for those lurking your neighborhood.

Enjoy your holiday season by letting the experts at AurTravel plan and guide you with ease through your holiday travels. We’ll make sure your trip abroad is impeccably smooth!

Katharine Moustakes

Katharine Moustakes attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By graduating a semester early, she will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management this December. Katharine started with the intern program at C&A Industries working as an Administrative Assistant, and has recently transitioned into the position of a Travel Consultant Assistant, both within the AurTravel division. Outside of work, you can find Katharine spending time with friends and family, working out, baking goodies, and seeking adventure.

 

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