TRAVEL ADVICE: How to plan ahead for half-term breaks

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After a busy few weeks back at school, October half term offers a welcome break from the school run, including the early mornings, packed lunches and all of the hard work – at least for the kids!

With many families taking the opportunity next half term to fit in a holiday abroad, a bit of preparation can save a lot of hassle and give the satisfaction that comes with knowing that everything is in order before it’s time to head to the airport. helps you to travel better and here the travel extras company shares its top tips on how to make the whole the journey as smooth as possible.

1. Plan in advance

According to two thirds of people, the secret to calm travel is preparing your journey in advance. As October half term is one of the busiest times of year for airport travel, it’s all the more important to arrange your airport essentials in good time. Booking an airport hotel, for example, will give you somewhere to rest your head before an early flight and make the airport experience a lot easier, especially with kids in tow.

2. Go hand luggage only

Travelling light saves time when passing through the airport. Limiting yourself to one bag for each person will save you time...and it’ll mean less laundry on your return too which is always a bonus.

3. Use meet and greet parking

Choose airport parking that’s as smooth as you hope the holiday will be...With meet and greet parking you drive straight to the terminal, so the holiday starts the moment you arrive at the airport. Your car will be looked after in an airport-approved, secured location nearby, and it will be ready and waiting for you on return.

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