Now that I'm in college, I want to do my best to travel to as many places as I can before life becomes too chaotic.
Should I eventually spend winter break away from my family and go someplace new? Sure, yeah, but I'll always go to Atlanta because my family is there, and nothing's more important than family!
Here are a few tips that I've picked up along the way when traveling during the holidays, because you definitely learn a thing or two after a couple of years.
1. Flying out from Orlando before 10:00 p.m. is insanely better than flying out overnight.
I mean, when you're dragging your body down the aisles in Walmart at 2:00 a.m. after fighting downtown Atlanta traffic because your uncle wants Heineken and cigarettes, you kinda die inside. I remember that trip and god I wanted nothing more than to curl up in the car with the heat on. I couldn't help but complain as my body hung like deadweight. I have absolutely no idea why I get so tired after a flight, but sometimes your girl just needs a little power nap to keep going. I can't exactly do that in a Walmart that late at night, but hey if that's your thing then go for it. All you need is a little concealer for those dark shadows under your eyes and you're good!
2. Wear minimal but enough makeup and a cute outfit so that Karen, the girl you always try to avoid, can't ruin your holiday before it even begins.
I honestly cannot tell you guys how many times I've looked like I just rolled out of bed when I'm about to grab a seat at the gate and someone I know just has to comment. "Oh, have you lost weight?" or "Are you sick? You look pale." Ugh, enough already! Just find your gate and enjoy your holiday.
3. Have a plan of what you're going to eat and how long it will take.
It's gross but I always grab McDonald's with my mom because it's fast and cheap. Always carry cash. I never use my debit or credit card at the airport in case I misplace it and start panicking. Going through security takes forever and for good reason, but don't arrive late and expect to savor your Chipotle bowl or sushi.
4. Bring a portable charger.
I mean, you can only sksksksk so many times when your phone dies. TikTok only lasts so long on that precious last 10 percent of your battery.
5. Download a few episodes of your fave TV show on Netflix or a movie to watch during the flight.
Last year, I downloaded "Mamma Mia", and let me tell you that it was the best flight of my life! I ignored all the babies screaming and adults complaining, all while singing along in my head. I might've danced a little in my seat and got some dirty looks. Mind your business.
6. Once you get on the plane, grab that window or aisle seat if your airline lets you choose!
Nothing's worse than getting stuck in the middle seat and being trapped between a guy that snores (it's an one hour flight to Atlanta, c'mon dude) and a woman who's talking so loudly on the phone you could've sworn she was yelling to someone in the back of the plane.
I hope these tips help you navigate your flight home or someplace new for the holidays! I always try to have a step-by-step approach whenever I'm at the airport. Once you check your bags, you go to security. Then, you can grab a bite to eat and relax before relaxing some more. Enjoy it, girl, you studied for your finals and you deserve a vacay!