It’s the holiday season, and you might be looking forward to your first winter adventure! After all the excitement, you are suddenly at a loss on what to prepare for your trip. Jack Bonner knows it can be confusing with all the bulky coats and jackets; that’s just the clothing! Successful winter travel is all about successful navigation of winter weather. He hopes his readers get to their destinations and back with minimum trouble and maximum enjoyment. And to always arrive safe and sound, no matter how much snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain you may encounter.
A lot of travelers prefer to go by air because it’s still the fastest option; this is, of course, only possible if all flights leave on time. But there are tricks to increase your chances of flying hassle-free. One is choosing a morning flight, for two reasons: first, you are far less likely to have your flight affected by problems at other airports. Second, if your flight is canceled or badly delayed, your options for alternate flights are greatly increased, improving your odds of getting on a different flight by the end of the day. If you absolutely must fly with a connection, watch your layover times carefully. If a weather delay causes you to miss your connection, you might be out of luck, as the airline is not necessarily obligated to find you a seat on the next flight. It’s also hard to book on-the-spot since most flights are likely to be sold-out by this time.
Driving during the winter months seems like it comes with its own set of rules. Because icy roads can be slippery, it’s best to use extreme caution when traveling by road—just as in any type of severe weather event. If at all possible, avoid driving during winter weather, as even small amounts of snow and ice can make traveling by land extremely dangerous. If you must drive, stay on main roads and highways, and stick to level roads if possible. Avoid hills and roads with sloping surfaces wherever possible. Drive only during daylight hours, and avoid driving alone if you can.
Don’t forget these tips so you can take your vacation in peace. You can opt to take your preferred route, whether by land or by air, just make sure you always plan ahead on the side of caution. There’s no better treat than knowing that you’ll be coming home as safe and hassle-free as possible.