Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier

Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier


YOU’RE WATCHING LOCAL NEWS DURANGO. I’M WENDY
GRAHAM SETTLE. IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YOUR FLGHT FOR CHRISTMAS, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO PAY
AN ARM OR A LEG FOR A TICKET. DURANGO LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT DIRECTOR TONY VICARI SAYS YOU
CAN AVOID CROWDS AND PERHAPS SCORE A LOWER-PRICED TICKET IF YOU FLY FIVE DAYS OR MORE BEFORE
THE HOLIDAY OR ON THE HOLIDAY ITSELF. TYPICALLY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY
ARE VERY SLOW TRAVEL DAYS. BUT THAT WEEKEND WE’LL SEE BEFORE, AND THAT MONDAY, BECAUSE
BECAUSE CHRISTMAS FALLS ON A WEDNESDAY THIS YEAR, WILL BE VERY BUSY. AND THEN, THE FOLLOWING
WEEKEND, OFTENTIMES WHEN PEOPLE ARE HEADING BACK HOME. BUT IF YOU COULD FLY OUT ON THE
THURSDAY OR FRIDAY PROCEEDING, AND THEN COME BACK, THE DAY OR TWO AFTER CHRISTMAS INSTEAD
OF WAITING TILL THE WEEKEND, YOU MIGHT BETTER AVOID IT. YOU’LL FIND THE LOWEST FARES IF YOU BOOK MORE
THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT. ALTHOUGH CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, YOU CAN
STILL LAND A DEAL FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING AND PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKENDS. FLEXIBILITY IS KEY WHENEVER YOU’RE BOOKING
AIRFARES. SO, YOU KNOW, THE AIRLINES ARE SMART BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS. THEY UNDERSTAND WHEN
PEOPLE WANT TO FLY, AND THERE’S A REASON WHY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT AIRFARES, THE DATES JUST
BEFORE AND JUST AFTER A HOLIDAY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. IT’S BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO TRAVEL ON THOSE
DAYS. AND THE SAME THING WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WEEKEND OR PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND.
THEY’RE VERY POPULAR SKI WEEKENDS. THE AIRLINES KNOW THAT AS WELL. SO TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU
CAN TRY TO BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR DATES, IF YOU CAN PRECEDE THAT AND GET EVEN TWO DAYS
BEFORE THE THE MAJOR RUSH WOULD COME AND SOMETIMES COME BACK ON THE HOLIDAY OR JUST BEFORE THE
HOLIDAY, YOU CAN OFTENTIMES SAVE A SURPRISING AMOUNT ON YOUR AIRFARE. IF YOU’VE ALREADY BOOKED YOUR FLIGHTS FOR
THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS, YOU CAN EASE THE STRESS BY ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT AT LEAST
90 MINUTES BEFORE YOU BOARD THE PLANE TO GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO CHECK YOUR BAGS
AND GO THROUGH SCREENING. VICARI ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT YOU LIMIT THE SIZE OF YOUR CARRY-ON ITEMS
AND FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH T S A CARRY-ON REGULATIONS. A COUPLE OF TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU’RE
TRAVELING. IF YOU’RE BRINGING ANY GIFTS, DON’T WRAP THEM BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. IF THE TSA HAD
TO SEARCH IT, THEY’LL UNFORTUNATELY HAVE TO UNWRAP YOUR GIFT AND THEN, YOU’LL HAVE TO
REDO ALL YOUR WORK. SO DON’T WRAP YOUR GIFTS. DO THAT AT YOUR DESTINATION SO THAT YOU DON’T
RUN INTO ANY REWORK ON THAT FRONT. AND MAKE SURE ANY LIQUIDS, THINGS LIKE SNOW GLOBES
ARE VERY COMMON, CAN’T BE IN YOUR CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK
THOSE OVERALL, OR THEY COULD BE CONFISCATED ON THAT FRONT. IF YOU’RE BRINGING FOODS OR
DESSERTS, ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE SOLID VERSUS LIQUID RULES. IF IT’S A SOLID, YOU CAN BRING
IT SO YOU CAN BRING BAKED GOODS. YOU KNOW, YOU COULD BRING YOUR BROWNIES OR YOUR PUMPKIN
PIE EVEN, IS ACCEPTABLE. BUT IF IT’S A LIQUID OR A GEL, YOU CAN’T BRING IT. SO DON’T TRY
TO TRAVEL WITH THE HOLIDAY PUDDING OR CRANBERRY SAUCE. IF YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, ALLOW
EVEN MORE TIME TO ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT AND BRING PLENTY OF DISTRACTIONS TO KEEP THEM
BUSY. THEY’LL COME IN HANDY FOR THE INEVITABLE WEATHER DELAYS THAT COME WITH HOLIDAY TRAVEL.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DURANGO-LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT, VISIT FLY DURANGO DOT COM. THANKS
FOR WATCHING THIS EDITION OF LOCAL NEWS DURANGO. YOU CAN FIND THIS AND OTHER LOCAL NEWS STORIES
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AROUND TOWN. I’M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE FOR LOCAL NEWS DURANGO.

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