Okay, let’s be honest. Holiday travel has its definite pro’s––exploring a new place during the most wonderful time of the year, making memories that will be talked about for years to come at holiday celebrations, and spending quality time with the people you love the most. But holiday travel also has its serious cons––crowded airports, missing family traditions, and, of course, the chaos of planning, packing, and preparing for a holiday abroad. But follow these 3 tips when it comes to holiday travel, so you are guaranteed to enjoy your trip and make memories with your loved ones this holiday season. That’s what it’s all about after all!

The earlier, the better

The saying “it’s better late than never” absolutely does not apply to planning a trip––especially one during the holidays. If you want a holiday celebration to remember, begin planning your adventure as soon as you can. Give yourself time to plan activities that will make the trip a memorable one and gather all of the essentials you will need for a successful holiday celebration away from home.

Bring your traditions with you

If you are traveling during the holidays, you will likely miss out on some of your holiday rituals, like the neighborhood Christmas party or your annual Christmas Eve celebration at your in-law’s house. But bring whatever holiday traditions you can with you. Bring the stockings, so everyone feels a little at home on Christmas morning. Crank up the holiday tunes, make some hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, or spend a night watching your family’s favorite holiday movie. Do whatever you can to feel a little bit at home even when you’re abroad on the holidays.

Participate in the culture

Every area of the world has their own unique celebrations when it comes to holidays, rituals, and traditions. Make the most of your trip and immerse yourself in the culture of the city you are visiting. Take part in their holiday traditions, and you just might find yourself a new tradition of your own!

Getting out of town and jetting off on an adventure makes for an unforgettable holiday, but follow these tips to bring the holiday cheer with you!