The holidays are all about quietly relaxing in front of the fire with your nearest and dearest, right? Not always - sometimes, Christmas time is more about being stuck in traffic, arguing with in-laws and trying to keep your kids happy. If you're travelling for the holiday this year, we have some tips that will help you keep your stress at a minimum.
Don't cram in to the guest room
If you're going to visit family and planning to spend the night, your hosts may insist you sleep in their spare room, or even curl up on their "comfortable" pull-out couch.
This is a nice gesture, but a house full of visitors can be hectic and stress-inducing. This year, consider booking a nice hotel in the area - you'll be thankful you have a calm place to relax after the festivities are over!
Plan your travel times
No one likes to be stuck on the road in traffic when they should instead be celebrating with loved ones. With a little bit of planning, you can avoid getting stuck on the motorway.
Getting up a few hours early will help you beat out the traffic, or, alternatively, you can choose to leave in the evening and spend the night at a family hotel on the way.
Scale it down
Are you anxious about finding all the right gifts for family and friends this year? Consider taking a step back and scaling down the gift-giving to make it more manageable. For example, some families choose to do a Secret Santa style Christmas, in which they only give one gift to one member of the family.
This way, you won't end up having to cram dozens of presents into the boot of your car, but everyone will still get a nice present for Christmas.