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Visiting Family Travel Tips [Holiday Edition]

| December 6, 2022

With the holidays just around the corner, many Minnesotans are decking the halls, stringing the tree lights, and preparing their homes for guests to arrive. 

But, if you’re hosting out-of-town family this season, thoughts of “how can I keep my relatives busy and entertained the whole time?” may keep you up at night. In addition, if guests are bringing the youngsters for a holiday adventure, finding ways to keep the kiddos happy is another challenge.

The good news is that Minnesota has all the festive events and Christmas attractions to make everyone’s time here merry and bright. But there is one detail you’ll need to consider:

How will you transport your family to all these holiday events? 

On that note, who’s planning to chauffeur your visiting family while they’re in town or pick them up from the airport? You? That’s a lot of work—even for the most devoted host.

Remember, the holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, bask in a wintery wonderland, and create new memories—not stress!

So, what can you do? 

Holiday Travel Tips

Though a joyous time of year, the holidays can be stressful and cause you to focus on the tasks in front of you vs. the people around you. To help you alleviate this anxiety and start looking forward to all the festivities ahead, here are a few helpful holiday travel tips to keep in mind:

List All Your “Must-See” Attractions

As mentioned, Minnesota has some of the best holiday-themed events in the nation. From our annual Holidazzle in Loring Park to live performances of “A Christmas Carol” at Guthrie Theater and drink specials with tons of tinsel decor at Mary’s Christmas Palace, there’s a lot to keep you busy this time of year. 

Just remember to keep your audience in mind when planning your list. The Mall of America, for example, hosts private meet and greets for younger kids with Santa and features special caroling events. Or if you’re feeling up for outdoor entertainment, The Northern Express‘ winter festival in Excelsior is something you won’t want to miss (hint, there are actual reindeer!).

Need help planning the itinerary? Discover what’s happening this season with this helpful guide, or contact our coordinators for more ideas and info about upcoming tour events.

Bring Snacks for the Trip

Though many of the holiday attractions above offer delicious menu options for kids and adults, trying not to overindulge in sugary gumdrops can be a struggle. 

Instead, pack water and a few nutrient-dense snacks to keep your energy up and help you stay hydrated.

Hire a Private Driver

Why are you putting all the travel aches and pains on your shoulders? Planning the routes, navigating heavy holiday traffic, and finding a parking spot can turn anyone into a grinch. 

But hiring a professional chauffeur like Executive Transportation can allow you to relax and enjoy the view from a cozy luxury vehicle with Frank Sinatra streaming in the background, wishing you a merry little Christmas. 

Of course, you don’t have to be the one in the car (although we know you’ll enjoy the ride). If your guests are traveling from the airport, our drivers can pick them up and transport them to your home or hotel. We can also drop them off safely at the airport—and drive them anywhere during their stay. 

And if you’re the visiting family member, we can help you travel with ease and confidence during your trip.

No matter the size of your party, we have the perfect size luxury vehicle to transport you and your guests. 

Work with a Coordinator

If you take our advice and hire a private chauffeur like Executive Transportation, we have an extra perk you’ll love. Remember that “must-see” list you made? When you reserve a vehicle with our team, our coordinators can help you plan the details to ensure you hit each destination on schedule.

Imagine having a professional handle all the logistics, so you and your guests can sit back, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy some tasty beverages and food along the way. In fact, we can provide snacks and drinks, per your request, so you don’t need to bring anything.

Want More Holiday Adventures? 

In addition to helping you plan the trip’s itinerary, our coordinators have a few must-see events of their own. 

For example, our holiday light tours in Minnesota offer an evening of festive lights and spectacular views to help families celebrate the season. Our team has carefully scouted the best holiday light displays in the state, from the Twin Cities West to East Metro and beyond. 

For more information about our holiday light tours, you can contact our team or request a quote!

Tis’ the Season for Visiting Family

Make this year filled with joyous memories and more time spent together. If this is your first time reserving a luxury vehicle, we’ll be happy to answer any questions, so you feel confident booking with us. We look forward to helping with all your event transportation needs!