Travelling back home for Christmas: time-saving tips for expats
December 3, 2017
From finding the best deals to maximizing the space in your luggage – we give you the best tips for your trip home this Christmas!
Christmas is a must. This is what most – if not practically all the expats from Europe- would say when they are asked if they are traveling home for Christmas. And with as many people traveling home for Christmas, this visit needs to be carefully planned. If you aren’t the planner-organized type of person, check our tips: they will not only save you some time but probably some euros too!
1. Don’t travel at peak times
If you have a bit of flexibility in your traveling times, try to avoid the days just before and after Christmas. Crowds, high-prices and the risk of delays and overbookings doesn’t really worth it!
2. Duty-free airport areas
What are you going to bring to your family and friends for Christmas? This one of the major concerns of many expats. First, you cannot bring heavy stuff – it will take all your luggage allowances, something fragile might break, food is tricky as there might be country restrictions… Why not buy something in the duty-free at the airport?
Take advantage of your airport time and make some last minute Xmas shopping!
3. Organize your time
After months or even years living abroad, you might want to see old friends and meet with as many people as possible that you are “home”. Make a list of all the people you would like to meet and let them know with as much notice as possible when and for how long you will be there. Also, try to think about these things you really like of your hometown – walking in a particular park, visit a certain shop or eat your favorite food- and set aside some extra time to do them. Time flies when you are having fun!