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10 Practical Tips For Holiday Travel You Can’t Miss

10 Practical Tips For Holiday Travel You Can’t Miss

Whether you are visiting family in another state or taking a vacation at an overseas location, holiday travel can be stressful, crowded and expensive. No matter how much you plan, you always have cranky travelers, long lines through customs, delayed flights or a combination of all of these. You can’t control everything about your holiday flight plans, but here are 10 invaluable tips you can’t pass up.

1. Create an ultimate check-list

There are so many things you need to do when you travel for the holidays. You might think that you can keep a mental list in check, but statistically you are bound to forget something. Make things easier on yourself, and create an ultimate check-list. This list should include all of your major, important tasks as well as the little things that matter. If you like, create pre-flight, flight and post-flight check-lists so that you can better keep track of what you need to get done at specific times.

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2. Shop around for the best travel deals

Air travel is a popular commodity, and everyone claims to have the best deals. Don’t let the hype get to you, though. And don’t limit yourself to searching for flights on one site. Shop around to see who really has the best deals, and enjoy your savings. Often, airlines offer better deals to customers who buy directly from them rather than using a middleman.

3. Fly nonstop or plan out connecting cities

Oftentimes, nonstop flights are less expensive and take less of your time. If it’s possible for your destination, book a nonstop flight. However, if you have to connect, select your connecting cities wisely. It is not unusual for some cities to be more prone to weather delays during the holidays than others. Check the weather forecasts for your connecting city options, and plan accordingly.

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4. Travel at non-peak times and days

Holiday travel is so much easier when you avoid traveling at peak times or busy days. Ideally, you should book your flight at least a little before a holiday. Try not to travel on a weekend or during midday. Book your flights early in the day or late at night. The best days for travel are usually, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

5. Pack strategically

When you travel, keep in mind the luggage restrictions you must follow. These restrictions differ a little for every airline, so make sure you check online. You can try to travel with a carry-on only, but don’t be afraid to check a bag depending on what your needs are.

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6. Give yourself extra time for airport security

Leave for the airport early to allow enough time to get through security checkpoints. Make allowances for traffic as well. Most airlines have a maximum of eight hours before your flight that you can check-in. Use this time to get through customs well before your scheduled flight.

7. Make plans for your ground transportation in advance

The difficulty of holiday travel doesn’t end when you flight lands. Ground travel is bound to be crowded and busy too. So make plans in advance. Know exactly how you will be traveling to your local destination. There are many private cars and limos available to drive you where you need to go. Sometimes local buses or free shuttles are available as well.

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8. Take snacks and entertainment for your flight

Airport food and in-flight snacks are notoriously pricey. Try to pack some snacks ahead of time, so that you have more choices in the food you eat without emptying your pocket. Also take some form of entertainment. Netflix or DVDs are great ways to entertain yourself if you have a particularly long flight.

9. Use the Internet to make your trip more convenient

Traveling for the holidays is stressful. Use amenities available online to make your trip a little easier. For example, you can use your airline’s online check-in to beat the lines. You can also print your boarding passes at home.

10. Relax and try to stay calm

Whatever happens during your trip, try to stay relaxed. Just remember that it is the holidays. One of the happiest times of the year. Don’t let a cranky traveler or a testy TSA person upset you. Stay calm, and carry on. You’ll be just fine.

These are 10 invaluable tips for holiday travel. How do you deal with the crowds and the stress? Do you have any cool tips to offer?

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8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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