If you are one of the lucky ones heading away on an amazing tropical adventure over the holidays, you aren't the only ones! In 2017, Australian residents undertook 9,118,000 outbound international trips. Can you imagine how many were over the holiday period?
Preparing for a holiday can be stressful, we want to make sure you get to your destination smoothly with as little stress as possible. So, we've taken the time to put together 3 tips for how to beat the rush this holiday season.
Don't pack at the last minute
The stress of having to pack is the worst! Mainly when it's last minute. Avoid the last-minute rush and make sure you are prepared in advance. Typically 2-3 days beforehand is best.
Check the weather of your destination before you pack so you know whether to bring your summer or winter wardrobe. Have a few outfits in mind and don't overpack! People often go overboard when packing shoes and shoes take up a lot of room! Remember all of your toiletries and think of things like sunscreen which may not be as readily available in other countries.
Once the packing is done lock your suitcase and keep it out of sight so you don't feel tempted to add more things!
Know what time you need to leave
Traffic can be unpredictable at the best of times; even more so around the holiday period. Which means it's essential to make sure you leave with enough time to spare. For an international flight, you may want to aim to get to the airport 2-3 hours beforehand. For domestic, it's usually 1-2 hours. However, it is essential you check with the airline as these do vary depending on the carrier.
If you are catch a cab, make sure that you book with enough time to allow for a bit of traffic. If you are driving in, consider parking and any walking you may have to do if you are parked far away.
Book you taxi in advance
Booking or hailing a cab in the busy season can be tricky. Everyone wants a cab over the holidays. To ensure that you have yours secured, use the ingogo app to book your fare up to 48 hours in advance. ingogo has a 99% completion rate when picking up passengers who have booked in advance so you can breathe easy in knowing you'll get to the airport with ease.