PACKING FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL
Are you planning a holiday trip? A couple I talked to recently will be spending their Christmas in Paris (just a wee bit jealous...). Another will be heading to ski between Christmas and New Year's Day. Maybe you are flying off to soak up some sun and relax? The idea of all this is inviting. The reality is that you will have to make time to pack, store holiday decorations if you put them up, stop the mail, make plans for pet care, and go over all the details of the trip (dinner reservations, spa sessions, transportation, passport expiration, etc.) ahead of time. That's a lot to do without the added list of "things to do" traditionally associated with the holidays-gifts, invitations, events, food, etc.
My advice is to set aside a block of at least three hours to dedicate to travel prep. Put your cell phone on "silent". Do not look at social media or email. Most likely, you will not miss anything earth shattering!
After you have made plans for what (and who) needs to be taken care of while you are away, the next step is to make reservations for anything you want to do on the trip. If you wait too late to set up plans that need reservations on the trip, you WILL NOT get the ones you want. Remember the time of year! We are having to eat much later than I would like, because when I first called the resort where we will be, the receptionist told me I had plenty of time. We called back a week later, and now we are eating at 9 p.m. several nights...some of the spa options were completely booked as well.