You already know that a little pre-planning can help make the holidays less stressful. Shopping early for gifts allows you to search for deals and discounts, planning your menu ahead of time saves you anxiety from figuring out what to make, and getting those holiday cards out in advance stops you from scrambling last minute to take a family photo and getting them ordered and sent out in time.
Along with gifts, food and cards, travel is one more item you could add to your "better-when-done-earlier" list. Just imagine yourself relaxing in the weeks ahead of the holidays when you've already accomplished everything on your to-do list. Blissful.
Follow these tips for traveling with your family over the holidays—gathered from some traveling pros—and you'll not only potentially save some cash, but you all just might make it to your destination in one piece, too.