Here are a few tips to travel safely during the holidays. Picture: Supplied

Here’s a thought that may never have crossed your mind: when we were young, vacation meant travelling away from home with family.

But now, a lot of times, the meaning of vacation simply means travelling back to our homes to meet our family. How times have changed!

Most of us must already be geared up to travel to our hometowns. But travelling, especially during the holiday season, comes with its own pros and cons.

Worry not, there are ways to make sure to get to home safe and sound. So here are a few tips for your trip to stay what it is supposed to be – fun!

1. Avoid travelling on the day of the holiday

Travelling a couple of days before a holiday is a perfect time. Travelling on the very day of the holiday can turn out to be a very unsavoury affair.

First of all, the ticket price goes exponentially up and also the rush can be pretty annoying. You must try to club the holiday with a weekend.

Like Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, taking the Christmas Eve off from work can result in a big, extended weekend and will be perfect for a mini-vacation.

This way you can spend more time with your family and avoid unnecessary peak charges and hurtle.

2. Travel Smart

If you are going to use a public transport, make sure you know the route in advance.

If you’re travelling by road, use a satellite-navigation system in your car, to stay updated about the traffic scenario on the road.

One of the best ways to avoid traffic on the road when you are travelling is to start your journey early in the morning or late at night.

3. Keep your luggage safe

Despite planning for days, there are chances of your travel plans going haywire. And in this chaos, keeping an eye for your luggage can be a lot. Many times, people find themselves in a preventable issue of luggage getting misplaced.

NB - A good idea would be to invest in travel insurance for your holidays, it's better to be safe than sorry.

4. Accidents can happen - be cautious

While there are many who like to stay at home during the holiday season, there are others who like to travel during this season. If you’re planning to travel with your family, make sure you know about the destination well in advance.

If you're driving to your holiday destination, make sure that your car has gone through a full service/inspection to ensure that the car is safe for the roads.

It's also advisable to make sure that you have safety gear i.e. first aid kit placed in the car - you may not need it but it would be great to know that it's easily accessible.

5. Make frequent rest stops

Driving in the summer can be draining for the driver especially while making a long road trip.

Making frequent stops to rest or just stretch your legs is important for keeping your energy level high enough to be alert on the road.

Even just stopping for a few minutes every few hours can do wonders for your energy level.

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