Thanksgiving Travel : There’s more you can control than you think.

Having both of our families on the other side of the U.S. we’ve had our share of difficult and challenging air travel. Sprinting to make connections, dealing with cancelled flights, rude passengers and long lines. While that all sounds dreadful, it isn’t inevitable to have a bad experience traveling around Thanksgiving. There’s more you can control to make it an experience that will remind you why you’re taking the trip.

1. Choose your flights wisely.

Thinking you want to save $25 for that flight with the 34 minute layover? This is the time of year to pay a little more for those nonstop flights. You’ll have the peace of mind that once your flight takes off, you don’t have to worry about if your next stop will leave you stranded. If you have to connect, leave no less than 2 hours between flights, unless of course you like sprinting across terminals.

2. Give yourself plenty of time.

When do we typically panic during travel? When we haven’t given ourselves enough time for unexpected crowds and problems. Normally cut it close to your flight time? This isn’t the time of year to chance it.

3. Remember the spirit of the season – be thankful.

Enough said.

4. Don’t let the little things bother you.

Be prepared for delays, cranky travelers and crowds of people. This isn’t going to change, especially during holiday travel. But what you can control is how you respond. If you struggle in these types of situations refer back to #3. And if all else fails, put in your headphones and start thinking about those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

How do you survive Thanksgiving travel? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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