Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's no secret holiday
travel is stressful; and while there may be 47 million people heading out for
Thanksgiving this year, there are simple ways to make it to your destination
(and back!) without losing your holiday cheer.
Read on for editor-approved
tips that will make travel this season a breeze.
Be prepared.
"For me, the strategy is all about advance preparation.
snacks, water, etc.
into your carry-on in advance (where you can; with
airports you have to get the water there, but you get the idea).
Have your
book in there, your headphones, iPad with pre-loaded movies.
These are the
essentials that go in the bag that's closest to me, so that no matter where
the delays come from—waiting to board, in transit, waiting for pick-up at my
arrival station—I've got the things I need to carry me through it."
—Corina Quinn, Digital Travel Editor Get TSA Pre-Check / Global
"It makes a HUGE difference in terms of security lines, especially on
busy travel days." —Nathan Lump, Editor Pack alcohol. For the flight…
"If there's one time to splurge on an in-flight beverage, it's over the
Since it's the festive season, go for a proper cocktail with this
carry-on kit, which has everything you'll need to make a tasty (and
soothing) Old Fashioned on the plane." —Stephanie Wu, Senior Editor
…and during your stay: "This year, I'm bringing my own DIY cocktail kit
to my family's Thanksgiving dinner, which I expect will make me the most
popular person at the table.
After taking master bartender Eben Freeman's
cocktail class at Genuine Liquorette, I'm planning to use my newfound skills
to create some delicious mixed drinks.
All you need is a shaker tin, hawthorne
strainer, and jigger or mini-measuring cup and you're good to go.
pick up some spirits and mixers on the way to dinner." —Laura Itzkowitz,
contributing digital editor Go carry-on only: ""If at all possible, I
avoid checking a bag.
Not only will it get you in and out of the airport more
quickly, but there's also no possibility of lost luggage." —Caroline
Hallemann, Associate Digital Editor Pack athletic clothes. "A brisk walk
outside will help you burn off the holiday bloat—AND the pent-up steam that
inevitable collects when a bunch of related people spend too much time under
one roof.
Be sure to pack athletic-wear and seasonally appropriate clothing
that encourages you to spend some time outdoors." —Sarah Firshein, Digital
Director Try Aromatherapy.
"I love Tata Harper's Aromatic Irritability Treatment – it's an oil
that you apply to your pulse points or palms.
It smells like a spa, and, like
a spa, it induces a relaxing sense of calm and well-being.
Use when feeling
annoyed or stressed.
I love it on long flights (and short subways trips,
too)." —Jane Bishop, Style Director Turn traffic into an
"Install a dashboard car mount for your phone, let Google Maps
run, and don't be afraid of veering off when you see too much red.
Apps like
Foursquare can help locate cool, noteworthy restaurants wherever you are;
after all, unexpected surprises and local finds are one of the best parts of
travel—any travel." —Sarah Firshein, Digital Director Video streaming
services are your friend.
"When you simply can't stand any more redundant
chatter between relatives, turn on and tune out.
Suggest watching a movie
together so you have an excuse to ask your rowdy siblings to keep the noise
For emergencies, an entire season of Jessica Jones should do the
trick." — Adeline Duff, Editorial Assitant "Amazon Prime Video is an
in-flight savior: It lets you download free streaming shows to your smartphone
or tablet for offline viewing, so I'm no longer racking up hefty iTunes
charges to feed my media addictions.
Rewatching Arrested Development makes a
few hours in a cramped middle seat an almost-pleasant experience.
Okay, maybe
not pleasant, but...better." —Lila Battis, Associate Editor Do quick
yoga sessions.
"Subscribe to a service like Yogaglo, which lets you download
yoga sessions that are as short as five minutes.
All you need is your phone
and a quiet corner--they'll never even notice you're gone.
PS: You can
filter for "stress reduction." —Sara Clemence, News Director Get
noise canceling headphones.
"Having the ability to tune out of the chaos of
a train station, airport, or over talkative family members during the holidays
is a must.
I always bring a good pair of noise-canceling headphones, and have
a playlist of both music and my favorite Podcasts ready before I head out the
door." —Ellie Storck, Digital Editorial Assistant Bring a great
"If you have something you're engrossed in reading, it really helps
pass the time when you have delays, long flights, etc." —Nathan Lump,
Editor T+L Editors give their best advice for coping
with holiday travel.

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