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Thanksgiving is a Time for Giving Thanks… for Hassle-free Travel

If this Thanksgiving is anything like last, about one out of 10 Americans will be traveling to spend time with family and friends. (Last year, AAA projected 42.5 million Americans would travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.)

While I’ve never had the personal “pleasure” of flying during the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve certainly heard enough stories to keep me grounded whenever possible. Flight delays and lost luggage have a way of deflating the Thanksgiving spirit.

Now, I can’t solve the whole flight delay thing – after all, weather’s weather – but I can offer some hope for the weary traveler who’s ever lost a piece of luggage: consider shipping your luggage.

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#HolidayPacking Twitter Party Helps Simplify Holiday Travel and Shipping
Shipping a holiday gift

That’s right, folks: another Twitter party come and gone. This time, @TheTravelMom, Emily Kaufman and five fabulous blogger panelists helped UPS and The UPS Store host the #HolidayPacking Twitter party focused on having the best travel experience this holiday by packing and shipping holiday gifts ahead of time, not to mention your luggage!

Participants shared some great travel stories, both the good and the ugly, and lessons learned in the process. @UPS and @TheUPSStore shared some helpful  tips on avoiding the headaches that can come with holiday travel, including UPS My Choice, holiday packing tips and luggage shipping.

The conversation was lively and informative.   Here are some of our favorite tweets about everything from the best ways to pack your items to the strangest things shipped to loved ones. Enjoy!

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: Packing Kids up for College
The UPS Store

With the recent heat wave creeping across the country, it’s hard to imagine that kids are getting ready to head back to school. In some ways, it seems like the lazy, hazy days of summer have just begun. Not yet a parent myself, I am reminded otherwise by my family and friends who breathe a sigh of relief each time they see a back-to-school commercial.

Dropping the kids off at the bus stop is one thing but for those parents who are sending their son or daughter off to college, whether for the first or last time, packing up for a year of classes, dorm life, football games and fraternity parties can overwhelm even the most organized. If within driving distance, you can simply pack up the family car and head out but for students who live across the country, a popular choice, and good option, is to ship their possessions.

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A Love Story: the Tale of Logistics and One Procrastinating Bride

Some may call me a procrastinator and well, a lot of the time, I’d have to agree. I once had a t-shirt that said, “Hasta manana.” I work better under pressure. I like the challenge of a tight deadline. Perhaps that’s why I chose a career in public relations.

Well, this last-minute Lucy met a boy quite the opposite. He’s organized—one of those color-coordinated closet guys—and man, does he plan. But they say opposites attract so when he proposed last year, these two opposites set out to plan our dream destination wedding—at an all-inclusive resort in The Turks & Caicos Islands.

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Holiday Travel: Convenience or Budget? Why Not Both?

Photo by Bill Ward

Unlike many folks this Christmas, I’m staying put. I won’t be dealing with the stress of holiday travel. Fortunately, I’ve never had to experience traveling during the holidays. In years past, I’ve sat at home and watched on the news as travelers made their way around the country, sometimes getting stuck in airports because of winter storms or missed flights.

Now as a new father, I know my days of enjoying the comfort of my home during the Christmas break are soon to be forgotten. Next year, for example, we’ll be heading to N.Y. to visit my in-laws. To grandma and grandpa’s house we go!

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Over the River and Through the Woods …

With the cost of air travel going up, no one wants to pay the extra fees for checking their bags, which can add up rather quickly depending on quantity and weight. Since these fees were introduced, there has been an increasing trend in shipping luggage ahead. Not only can shipping luggage potentially save travelers money, but it can also lessen the hassle of dealing with luggage at the airport. Read More »