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5 Ways Veteran Travelers Reduce Holiday Travel Stress

Chris Gottschalk

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Nov 18, 2021 4:45:00 AM

If you’re planning on traveling for the holidays, you’re probably feeling conflicted about it. On one hand, you’re looking forward to traveling again, especially after sheltering in place for most of 2020. On the other hand, though, travel is stressful, whether you’re traveling by car or by plane.

Unfortunately, travel-related stress will always be with us. However, the more you travel, the more you discover ways to eliminate some of the stress from your trip. Here are some of the ways veteran travelers make their trips a little less stressful and a little more carefree.

Make Sure Your Vaccinations Are Up to Date

One of the biggest sources of stress on the planet is COVID-19, and while the threat of the virus is slowly dying down, a lot of people are understandably concerned about catching the disease while they travel. You can hedge your bets against getting sick by making sure your COVID vaccinations are up to date at least two weeks before your trip begins. While you’re at it, you should get your flu vaccine shot too.

Review and Update Your Budget

Couple updating their budget.Outside of COVID-19, the biggest cause of stress during travel is money. While there’s no getting around the fact that travel is expensive, the good news is that you can help keep your travel costs under control by reviewing your budget and updating it with the additional travel expenses. This will not only let you anticipate how much your trip will cost, you’ll also be able to see what you can afford without having to rely on your credit card.

If that weren’t helpful enough, you’ll also be able to see what funds you can move from other budget categories to help pay for your trip. You can use the money you’d spend on new clothes, for instance, and have that much less to pay off on your credit card at the end of the month.

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Adjust the Thermostat

Another way veteran travelers save money during the winter holidays is by turning the thermostat down a few degrees when they go out. A lot of people make the mistake of leaving their homes heated while they’re traveling and end up spending money heating an empty home that would have been better spent on travel expenses. It’s worth pointing out that investing in a smart thermometer like an Ecobee or a Nest will let you adjust the temperature in your home with your smartphone or tablet even if you’re not home.

Notify Your Financial Institution

If you’re planning on traveling out of state, you should let your financial institution know where you’re headed. One of the signs financial institutions, including credit card companies, look for when detecting identity theft is whether a credit or debit card is being used in a location you don’t usually visit. If they spot a transaction in a location you don’t usually visit, they may block any transactions you make with your card.

It’s worth pointing out that if you’re a First Alliance Credit Union member, you can also use the My Cards feature of our mobile app to limit the areas where your credit or debit card can work. You can also limit the types of businesses where your credit card can work, or even how much you can spend on a transaction.

Charge Your Technical Devices

woman traveler with smartphone.These days, everyone travels with at least one technical device, whether it’s the smartphone that has an e-copy of their ticket or a laptop with movies that they break out during a flight. Regardless of how many technical devices you carry, you’ll want to make sure that they’re all charged beforehand. This will not only give you peace of mind and let you access apps like an airline’s e-ticket app or Google Maps, it will also serve as a reminder of how many charging cords you’ll need to pack for your trip, so you’ll be less likely to forget them.

Make Holiday Travel Easier With First Alliance Credit Union

There’s no denying that holiday travel can be stressful, but if you plan ahead you can reduce the stress you’ll have visiting family and friends this holiday season.

You can also lower your stress all year round when you become a member of First Alliance Credit Union. You can open a club account to help you save money for your next big trip, make sure you never miss a payment by taking advantage of our online banking platform’s electronic bill pay service and even get help achieving financial goals from buying a new refrigerator to preparing for retirement. 

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