How to Make Your Holiday Travel Weatherproof

The holiday season is an incredibly busy travel time. With so many people journeying to visit their loved ones, getting everything coordinated, planned, and booked can be a master feat in itself, not to even account for the unpredictability of winter weather. All of the planning and preparation in the world can’t predict poor weather weeks and months in advance when you’re getting everything planned. While you can’t change the weather, there are some ways that you can help to winterize your travel plans to help them go through with as little of a hitch as possible regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you; here’s how to make your winter travel weatherproof.

Pick early flights

The days just before and immediately following the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be incredibly busy and hectic days to travel because so many people are traveling during those days. Give yourself some wiggle room and, if possible, plan to fly out a few days before the holiday; this way, if flights are delayed or cancelled, you can still plan accordingly and have some time to work with.

Consider choosing large airports

To increase your chance of a safe and timely arrival choose airports, both at your departure and arrival destinations, that will be equipped to handle sudden snowstorms. In general, larger airports will have more resources and a better ability to keep their flights from being cancelled due to snow or inclement weather, so when in doubt, air on the side of caution.

Get travel insurance

Pretty much any time that you’re traveling, you should get travel insurance for your trip; there are three exceptions to this rule: 1) Cheap domestic flights, 2) last minute domestic flights, and 3) Situations where you can afford to lose the prepaid costs for the trip. Any other time that you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to get travel insurance especially if you’re planning holiday travel where plans could change at a moment’s notice.

Stay away from layovers if you can

Let’s say you’re on a flight with a layover heading from your home to your relatives’ house across the country; the flight makes it to the layover destination, then the connecting flight is cancelled due to bad weather. Now you’re stuck in a city that was neither your departure nor arrival destination and you might not be able to find another flight out that can take you where you need to go. When it comes to booking flights for the holiday, direct flights are usually the safest bet.