Christmas holiday trips from travel professionals

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Even if there is no pandemic, vacation travel is not for the faint-hearted.

Millions of people are expected to travel this month, and the changeable weather and the threat of omicron variants have further exacerbated the pressure on people eager to end the second year of the pandemic.

To help travelers prepare, CNBC Travel posed this question to industry insiders: What reliable advice do you have for people traveling in December this year?

Tips for travel planning

“Planning the arc of the trip. Think of the trip as a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. For example, planning to have the best hotel at the end, ending with a good note. Then there are entrances and exits. Plan you to ensure them The way to go smoothly. Maybe it’s to arrange private transportation after a long flight so you don’t have to navigate the public transportation system during jet lag. No matter what solid line you look like, please plan for progress.”
Sarah Groen, founder of luxury travel company Bell & Bly travel design

“If you are planning to do some Greek island hopping tours, please remember that the Greeks themselves tend to stick to an island instead of squeezing as many people into a trip. Thematic thinking: Santorini has a fascinating landscape , But the beach is better in Mykonos… [but] Islands like Tinos and Syros have delicious food and culture, and hotel prices are significantly lower than on Mykonos. There are many types in Crete, but cars are essential. ”
——Anthony Grant, American writer Headquartered in Greece

Tips for flying on holidays

“Choose an early morning flight because it is usually not so crowded. Try to avoid taking the last flight of the day, especially in winter, to reduce the chance of missed transfers or delays due to cancellation or weather….Choose to take it with you Luggage for the next trip. There is no need to line up at the airport or wait for luggage when you land.”
——Anna Brown, Public Relations Manager Know almost we

“Put a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage. Prepare for the worst. … As airline shortages and travel increase, the likelihood of your luggage being lost is higher than average. Don’t travel with gifts. … Consider shipping the gift directly to the final address. “
——Mark Hoenig, co-founder of Digital Travel Company VIP passenger

Mark Hoenig of VIP Traveler recommends avoiding transfers, even if it means driving and parking at an alternate airport. “With every additional airport, your chances of lost luggage, delays and cancellations increase.”

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“Buy air tickets as soon as possible. As people postpone their international travel plans due to Covid concerns, domestic flights tend to become more crowded and expensive. To speed up security at the airport, do not wrap gifts in case they need to be checked.”
— Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO of Travel Insurance Market

Tips for renting a holiday home

“Look for a holiday rental with the most flexible cancellation policy so that you can refuse to stay at the last minute for any reason.

Guesty’s Chief Operating Officer Vered Schwarz advises those who wish to travel for a long time to look for houses with large closets, washing machines and dryers, and work areas with ergonomic chairs, good lighting, and fast Wi-Fi.

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“Short-term hotel brands are on the main booking channels, but they also have their own direct booking sites. Bookings directly through the brand usually receive discounts. Moreover, many of them…provide co-working space and digital concierge services…. Examples of such brands include Casita, D Alexander and Sentral.”
—Vered Schwarz, chief operating officer of vacation home rental software company guest

Tips for family gatherings

For travel before Christmas: “I recommend traveling in the’travel cabin’ of your family and friends. These people are made up of people you will spend during the holidays. If you need to be isolated after returning home for any reason, you Family or friends with whom you plan to spend a vacation.”
— Matt Berna, Managing Director of Travel Company North America
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Harvard researcher Stephen Kissler recommends keeping holiday gatherings within a small area and conducting a quick Covid test immediately before the gathering.

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“Ventilation is still very important. I think this is something that is still overlooked and underestimated. As the holiday party arrives, of course I plan that no matter how cold it is outside, my windows will crack four to six inches… [and] We should test immediately before the party, preferably an hour or two before, maybe in the morning, this is what we should do. ”
——Stephen Kissler, researcher at Harvard University Chen Zengxi School of Public Health, in Online discussion in December. 9 With Elana Gordon of the “World” public radio show

Tips for booking a hotel

“Many of the best hotels block online bookings during the peak of the’festival’… and manage them directly through their human team. It’s worth asking your travel advisor for help, because when everything seems impossible, They often have sold out to complete impossible tasks.
— Henley Vazquez, co-founder of travel company

“Independent boutique hotels and local businesses need love more than ever, because they do not have the privilege of obtaining large amounts of corporate group funds to sustain their livelihoods. So take this into consideration and in the spirit of the holiday, give back to your destination.” Stay in these types of places and support the local operator’s holiday to revisit. “
——Brandon Berkson, founder of the travel company
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Tips for traveling with young children

“Plan some rest time for your babies and toddlers during holiday trips… When kids go out often, they don’t always do very well. Make sure to schedule some time every day to sit, relax, and play. Toys and interact with your children. Kids.

Fran Maier, CEO of BabyQuip, recommends keeping babies and toddlers the same sleep pattern when traveling. “If your children usually sleep in a full-size crib, don’t try to squeeze them into a Pack’n Play and expect them to sleep well.”

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“Children need to take frequent breaks with others and have planned activities to make their brains crazy in creative games. Make sure to bring enough toys for the children to prepare meals, participate in adult conversations or when they just need to breathe. Keep busy.”
——Fran Maier, CEO of Baby Products Rental Company BabyQuip

Car rental tips

“Many car rental companies provide contactless transfers. You only need to walk to the parking lot to get on the car. On Expedia, use the “skip the counter” filter to find these options and avoid waiting on another line.”
—Anna Brown, Expedia US Public Relations Manager

“When you book a rental car, book a’postpay’ rate… If a better deal comes up, you have the flexibility to cancel and rebook. The rental rate can be changed multiple times a day. AutoSlash manipulates the system for you by constantly checking the price Rent, if they find a lower price, they will let you know.”
— Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of Car Rental Price Tracking Company Automatic slash

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