What’s the worst holiday travel mistake you’ve ever made?


Travelers make mistakes every day of the year. Believe me, I know. I’m one of them.

But they seem to happen more often than during the traditional travel holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. We have a lot of occasional travelers navigating the roads and train stations. We also have higher demand and weather issues.

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It all adds up.

I have two questions. First, I’m trying to determine the biggest holiday travel mistakes. You can help by taking this quick, one-question poll.

Which of the following holiday travel mistakes have you made? (Select all that apply)

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My second question: I want your holiday travel horror story. You can leave it in the comments or email me directly with it.

Oh, OK. I’ll tell you mine. It was Thanksgiving 1998, and as is always the case, I waited until the last minute to pack for my trip. Ten minutes before leaving for the airport, I shuffled into my bedroom, loaded up my rollaway, zipped it up and headed to the car.

No checklist.

Turns out, I’d packed everything I needed … except my wallet. Halfway to the airport, I reached for my wallet, which contained my ID and credit cards, and felt the void.

It took me years to admit that I’d done something so foolish. I missed my flight. Served me right!

So what’s your story?

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