Traveling during the holidays is always a hassle, but some days are better than others. You can be almost certain that airports will be packed, which will almost inevitable lead to delays and huge TSA lines.
Does the perfect vacation exist? Most people will say “no,” but you can get as close to this idealistic dream as possible. Meticulous planning, which has been scientifically proven to improve mood, is one way of ensuring you’re going to have a jolly time.
Set realistic expectations. It’s better to be nicely surprised than deeply disappointed.
Keep in mind that the year-end holidays fall on Mondays this year, and that makes for a plethora of bad, worse and worst days to be on your way.
Consider taking a day off, if you have any vacation days left, and travel an extra day before and after everyone else.