Old man winter is here to stay. While that makes it the perfect time to escape to warmer climates, it can also mean travel delays and other travel challenges because of winter storms. In 2015 nearly 38.1 million travelers took to the sky for their holiday travel. It's anyone's guess what's in store for this winter so be prepared for your travels during winter months with these travel tips: 

Consider Other Airports

Sometimes the problem isn't solely associated with weather but the volume of travelers going through a given airport. This can be especially true at major airports. Consider flying out of alternate airports which tend to not be too far out of town. 

Check Out the Airport Lounge

Severe weather events can be the best times to purchase a one-day airline lounge pass. It'll be more comfortable to wait out the event and often rebooking lines are shorter than in the terminals. 

Be Prepared at Security

We all know the lines at security are going to be long. Help speed things up by getting your liquids out, your shoes off, and your belongings together while you're still in line. Those precious few seconds add up and can keep the line moving smoothly. 

Fly Direct

Often the longest delays and layovers occur when you have a connecting flight. Try to book direct flights to avoid the hassle. That way, if there is a delay, you're able to head home instead of being stuck at the airport. 

Choose a Morning Flight

Flight delays are less likely to interrupt your schedule when you travel in the morning. If you are delayed, your options for alternate flights later that day are increased which improves your odds of getting on your way. 

Check the Weather Early and Often

Don't wait until a winter storm hits to make other travel plans. Keep your eye on the weather to stay ahead of Mother Nature and prevent your trip from being derailed. Watch the weather in all cities where your travel plans could be affected – your departure city, any connections and your destination. To check for inclement weather before you depart, visit the National Weather Service for up-to-date weather information and alerts. 

Pack Travel Insurance

Remember to pack a travel insurance plan for 24/7 travel assistance in re-booking cancelled flights, making hotel arrangements, and other emergency travel assistance. Travel insurance plans can also provide coverage for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuations, as well as reimbursement for your pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs in the event that inclement weather causes the cancellation or interruption of your travel. Always read the terms of your policy before purchasing to make sure the plan you've selected includes the weather coverage you're seeking, as coverage varies by plan.

Source: Travel Guard

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