It’s that time of year where most of us are thinking about heading home to be with our families during the holiday season. The last day of school is generally the busiest day of the year at Dubai International Airport, with everyone keen to get as much time back with their loved ones as possible. It can therefore be pretty stressful to travel at such an emotionally charged time and with such a high number of people travelling.
So how can you try to relieve this stress beforehand?
- Booking in Advance
Make sure you choose the flight you want with the times that work the best for you, the earlier you book, the more choice you will have. If you aren’t dependent on school holidays, think about booking a flight before the schools break up, or a day or two after, rather than the evening of, or the morning after.
- Choose your seat when you book
Again, the earlier you book, the more choice you will have. Think about what is important to you, do you want more leg room, to be nearer the exit, to be far away from the toilets and lights of the kitchens, to be next to a window or aisle, or to all be together. Some airlines charge for this privilege, but at this time of year when flights are likely to be full, it’s a worthwhile investment!
- Arrange transport to the airport in advance
The next thing you need to consider is how you will get to the airport. As taxi services have a tendency to be unreliable, the best option at this time of year is to get an Uber or Careem or book a concierge service. A lot of airlines offer this, and it is often a part of a credit card’s benefits too, you just need to book it in advance. If you don’t have this option, Uber or Careem work well because you can track the car’s progress and avoid being late. Allow extra time to get to the airport as the roads are usually very busy during the festive season.
- Shop ahead
Don’t leave your Christmas shopping to Airport Duty Free. The shops in Dubai International Airport are heaving during the Christmas period, and not somewhere you want to be jostling against others – much better to have your gifts bought, wrapped and safely packed in your case so that you can relax and start your holiday at the airport. Plus this means you can take advantage of the Christmas offers in the malls around Dubai and online.
Basically, the best way to have stress-free seasonal travel is to plan early. As long as you book your ticket early and get to the airport on time, you won’t have any issues with your travel. Then it’s just time to relax, and if the volumes of people stress you out, think about downloading a chilled out music playlist to keep you calm as you go through the motions! A PA can help with all of this to make sure you are prepared in plenty of time – give us a call to see if we can help with your travel arrangements (or music playlist!)