With the holiday season around the corner, let’s talk about some travel tips that will make your 2020 holiday the best.
Whether you’re travelling from abroad to Nigeria or from Lagos to the East, these tips will guarantee you a stress-free trip to your destination.
Most of us are anticipating all the fun we are sure to have this period. We finally get to unwind from how overwhelming 2020 has been. Drinks, jollof rice, banger, party day and night, games and dancing – the fun never stops.
You’re probably wondering; ‘How can I make the best of it?’.
The only way you can get the chance to unlock this enjoyment is by following these simple holiday travel tips. So, let’s get right into it.
1. Stick to a Holiday Travel Budget
The holiday season is the time of the year when people spend a lot more than they plan to. Creating a budget helps you prepare well enough for the holiday and keeps you from overspending.A lot of financial stress is caused by holiday spending. With a holiday budget, you can set limits on what you buy and still make the best of your holiday Click To Tweet
Deciding how much you can or should spend will put your mind at rest.
If you aren’t controlling or monitoring how much money leaves your account, it will affect you after the holiday season. At that point, you realize you don’t have enough to sustain you once the holiday is over.
2. Book Tickets Early for your Holiday Travel (One of the most important holiday travel tips ever!)
The holiday season is the period when travel companies take advantage of the rush by increasing ticket fees. Purchase your flight ticket early enough, don’t wait until the last minute to do so!
The added advantage of buying tickets early is that you get to save up.
If you have checked how much tickets cost by now, then you would have noticed prices go up already. Don’t wait for another week to go by before getting your ticket. That should be the next thing you do after reading this article.
Chances are that prices have gone up already and will keep going up as the holidays come closer.
3. Only Pack What You Need
You don’t want to end up with extra baggage. Most of us are especially fond of overpacking. It’s advisable to travel light this period.
Don’t end up packing 3 weeks’ worth of clothing if you only plan to spend 2 weeks. You can carry two extra outfits, just in case, but nothing more.
Travelling light is the best way to avoid paying extra fees for checking in your luggage on the flight. You don’t want to end up dashing your items off to Nigerian customs because you packed goods that they consider ‘illegal’.
4. Follow Covid-19 Travel Regulations
Corona is still outside. Travelling during a pandemic is a different experience from what we are used to. If you must travel, make sure you have all your safety essentials and that you’re following the travel guidelines.
The first thing you want to do if travelling internationally is to get a Covid-19 test done. Schedule an appointment at a testing site to get tested for the virus ahead of your travel. Take your result with you when travelling so you don’t get denied entry to the travel destination.
You’re advised to maintain distance from people when in public spaces. Also, wear your face mask or shield while on the travel bus or plane.
It is best to also travel early, so as to observe your 14 days quarantine before mixing with people you are visiting.
If travelling with children, disinfect spaces and pack alcohol-based wipes to clean their personal items. Whether travelling alone by air or road, it is important to also have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you.
5. Prepare a Travel Itinerary
Wherever your travel takes you, have an itinerary planned out for your vacation so you can make the best of your trip. Also, have back up plans for your itinerary in case things don’t go as planned.
If you’re travelling down to the East, make sure you visit family and friends you haven’t seen in a while to catch up and also enjoy the festivities of the holiday with your loved ones.
Book a budget-friendly hotel, visit all the cool spots in the country or state. Take pictures so you have memories from your trip. Find out what events or concerts are holding and have fun.
6. Prepare Ahead for Your Road Trip
Road trips are fun but it is important to stay safe if you’re going by road to your destination.If you are booking a bus to travel with, make sure it is a verified transport company. Have a fully charged phone with a power bank so you can update those you are visiting. Click To Tweet
Pack a bag full of snacks. This way you don’t have to make unnecessary stops for food and you get to save money. If you have to buy food on the road, make sure it’s safe and hold enough cash.
Also, if you’re the one driving, make sure your car is in good condition for the long trip. Get enough fuel in your car tank before you start your trip.
7. Don’t Travel on Busy Travel Dates
Avoid travelling on the top travel dates of the holiday season. Out of all the travel tips, this one will save you a lot of trouble this holiday.
Christmas eve is the worst day to travel because a lot of people book flights for that day, so they can reach their destination in time for celebrations.
The best way to avoid the rush that comes with the holidays is to get your Christmas shopping done early.
Lastly, buy gifts, clothing, shoes, and other items you need to make your holiday more enjoyable as early as you can. Prices will go up this season.
Be sure to share with anyone travelling this period.
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