My Top 4 Holiday Travel Tips & Destinations for You
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
October’s arrival brings that annual question: what are you doing for the holidays? Some may be going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, while others may be looking to change up our holiday routines, given the constraints of gathering with family and friends in the midst of the ongoing global pandemic. Why not celebrate the holiday season, with all of your favorite traditions, from the comfort of a luxurious destination? Whether you want to let someone else cook for a change, entertain your family with multigenerational activities, or have fresh and unique holiday experiences, keep reading for my top 4 tips and destinations for holiday travel in 2020.
My Top 4 Holiday Travel Tips While the holiday season tends to be the busiest travel time of the year, planning ahead can help you avoid the notoriously awful delays, traffic, and general travel snags that have made films like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Home Alone so relatable and comedic.
Here are my top 4 holiday travel tips this season: 1. Take advantage of lower airfare: According to airline industry experts, holiday flights have dropped in price up to 25% compared to 2019, averaging $275 round trip for domestic flights and $720 round trip for international flights. Many airlines are also offering sales to select destinations. Sign up for email or follow the social media accounts of your favorite carriers to get sale notifications. And get in touch with me when you’re ready to book. I’m here to help you take advantage of these lower rates!
2. Travel light: To avoid checked bag fees, pack light and carry on your bag. And if you’re traveling with a family or lots of holiday presents, consider shipping some of your belongings to your destination in advance to lighten your load at the airport.
3. Avoid crowds: The busiest travel days of the year tend to be the Wednesday before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Avoid the crowds by driving or flying on Monday or Tuesday on the way to your destination and Friday on the way back. When driving, plan your route ahead to avoid heavily traveled roads, such as the I-95 corridor on the East Coast.
4. Use travel apps: When flying, download and use your airline’s app to check in, confirm your seats, and check your flight status. There, you can also access a map of the airport terminal and services available near your gate. Distance yourself from crowds in the airport itself by ordering food ahead through the Grab app, allowing you to order on the go, bypass the line, and walk right up to the counter to grab your meal.
My Top 4 Holiday Travel Destinations
If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate the holidays in style this season, you’re in luck! Here are my top 4 holiday travel destinations in 2020. Each has its own unique take on the holiday season, while also providing a beautiful backdrop for continuing your family’s long-held traditions.
If you’re hoping to experience a Victorian holiday à la Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, look no further than America’s oldest seaside resort, Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey, established in 1816. With charm aplenty in the off season, this stately historic resort with modern amenities serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in its Blue Pig Tavern, a hearty farm-to-table restaurant originally built as a whaling tavern in the 1700s.
The resort has extra touches of holiday magic, too: a Christmas tree lighting, letters from Santa, and gingerbread house making. In the town of Cape May, spend your time taking candlelit trolley tours, wine tasting, and strolling streets of festively-decorated Victorian mansions to put you in the holiday spirit. Let's plan your holiday escape to Congress Hall now!
If you want a seaside holiday but with warmer temperatures, The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia, nestled between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida may be right for you. An elegant resort with touches of southern hospitality, The Cloister at Sea Island offers extra special holiday traditions, such as Turkey Tie-Dye Wednesday, the Turkey Trot Family Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning, and an elaborate Thanksgiving feast in their many restaurants ranging from casual to five-star.
Christmastime is no different, offering opportunities to attend the Reindog Parade, The Polar Express Extravaganza, and, for adults, a six-course holiday wine and food pairing at The Cloister wine cellar.
And, as a Virtuoso advisor, I’m pleased to be able to offer you additional exclusive amenities at this resort if youbook at this link or directly through me.
If you’ve always dreamed of white Christmas (or Thanksgiving), look no further than the Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, a fresh alternative to the ski lodges of Colorado. Stunning views of snow-capped mountains will have you in the holiday spirit in no time! And why not start some new holiday traditions while you’re at it? At Thanksgiving, enjoy a full turkey dinner at Apex restaurant or by in-home delivery, then take family photos, roast s’mores on the patio, or take a cookie decorating class.
In December, celebrate Hannukah with a menorah lighting ceremony, or join in the holiday fun with carol singing or family snow tubing.
Here, too, I’m delighted to be able to offer you additional exclusive Virtuoso amenities if you book at this link or directly through me.
Perhaps you want to head west but to sunnier climates. How about Alisal Ranch in charming Solvang, California, a small Danish town outside of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez valley, home to some of the best American wines? In addition to taking advantage of wine tasting outdoors, check out Solvang’s Julefest schedule featuring a Christmas market, light show, and parade, as well as the Skål Wine and Stein Stroll. The laidback Old West Alisal Ranch will be a welcome change-of-pace from time spent in Solvang and Santa Barbara.
It offers almost everything you can think of outdoors, from horseback riding to spa treatments to Thanksgiving dinner itself. Let's get you packing to Alisal Ranch now!
Wherever your holiday travel plans take you this season, I’m here to help! Give the gift of travel to your family and friends.
Let’s plan ahead to avoid those common holiday travel headaches, making your holiday season with family and friends as merry and bright as can be.
Cheers to keeping up old traditions and making new memories this holiday season, wherever you may be.