3 Tips for Traveling this Holiday Season

3 Tips for Traveling this Holiday Season


As we all are aware the holiday season is in full swing. Marked by colder nights and shorter days and for some of this includes traveling across country to see some of our most favorite relatives…or not. Here are a few ways to help ensure that your holiday travel is as hassle free as possible this upcoming Holiday season from your trusted Richmond BMW of Midlothian team.


Avoid Peak Travel Time

Whether you’re hitting the airport or the highway your biggest best with avoiding holiday traffic is knowing and steering away from peak travel times. With Christmas and New Year’s coming up and BOTH being on a Monday, the busiest travel day is For Christmas they’re Friday, December 22, plus the 23rd and 24th. For New Year’s avoid Friday, the 29th, and Tuesday, January 2nd. With that being said, planning ahead is going to be critical. Try heading to your holiday travel vacation as earlier before the holiday as possible. In our case, if you’re traveling for Christmas, try making it to your destination by Wednesday or Thursday and try heading back home as late as your schedule permits. If you’re able to head back home the Thursday or Friday after Christmas you have a better chance of avoiding the “back home” traffic. 

Things Happen, Leave Room for Error

Regardless of when you decide to start you travel endeavors leave enough time for there to be something that goes wrong. We know the roads are going to be congested, even a few accidents and the airport is going to be even busier than normal, so you’re going to need to account for that. In all your travel plans give yourself at least 2-3 hours extra/earlier that you would normally do to make room for any and every snag in your travel plans that may arise.


Plan, Plan, and Plan Again Ahead

Planning is crucial when it comes to holiday travel and this Christmas and New Year’s will be no different. If you are traveling by car this holiday season make sure to take the time plan your routes ahead of time. Use mobile apps like Waze to help you avoid highly trafficked areas and toll routes. Also make sure to take time to plan out your gas station potential stops and know your rest stops areas afforded to you. If you are traveling by air make sure to know your airports and the routes. Meaning if this is your first time traveling through a particular airport make sure you take the time to take a quick look at their airport layout so you’re not scrambling the day of travel figuring out what gate to go to etc.

As we all know too well that traveling during the holidays is normally going to be hectic, but being prepared is going to be the key to making it through your travel plans without regretting you even started. Here are just some of the ways that we travel like a PRO during the holiday season.


As always, if you are hitting the road in your personal vehicle, don’t forget to make sure it is properly serviced in the best of shapes before traveling. And you can start with your trusted Richmond BMW of Midlothian Service team here.

Happy Traveling!


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