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Stress Free Christmas Travel Tips

It’s all well and good listening to Michael Bublé telling you to have a “holly, jolly Christmas” but sometimes travelling at this wonderful time of year is a nightmare before Christmas! So here are some stress free Christmas travel tips to make sure you arrive at The Dunstane without ending up on Santa’s naughty list.

Check Your Documents

dunstane christmas tree 2015Nothing will put a swift and icy end to your holiday plans (at any time of the year) than getting to the airport or train station and realising you’ve forgotten your passport! Not much you can do with no passport, but thankfully with today’s technology if you’ve left your boarding pass on the kitchen counter, you can quickly find a copy in you emails or airline app. Make sure to TRIPLE check your passports are safely in your bag before you leave home and take photocopies of your flight, hotel, car hire paperwork just in case – always err on the side of caution/paranoia in this instance.

Do Not Forget List

Make lists! Write out everything you need to pack and tick it off as it goes into your case. Make sure any Christmas presents you need to take are on the list too, as nothing will put you in the dog house more on Christmas Day than revealing your niece or nephew’s present is still across the Atlantic! Make sure to pack all your phone/iPad/laptop chargers and plug adaptors too. Most hotels will have a couple spare but you can’t rely on that and buying one at the hotel will just make you angry, as you picture the perfectly good charger you have sat by your bed at home!

Do Your Research

Before you start promising the kids everything they’re going to see and do in Edinburgh over the holidays, have a quick Google or ring the hotel you’re staying in to check Christmas opening times. Lots of Edinburgh attractions, such as the Royal Yacht Britannia and the National Museum of Scotland, are open right up until Christmas Eve, but it’s always best to double check. It’s also a good idea to download any local Apps that might help you, such as the Edinburgh Lothian Buses app which will stop you standing around in the cold too long.

Expect the Unexpected

Good old Scottish weather, natural disasters, accidents and delays can’t be predicted or avoided.

So our best tip for Chef paul helping carry luggagestress free Christmas travel this December is to expect the unexpected and roll with the situation. Take a deep breath before interacting with airline staff, who are trying their best to help and fill your carry-on bag with entertainment and treats for the kids to avoid family fall outs before you even take off!


Whatever your journey is like, there will be a warm welcome and a good dinner waiting for you at The Dunstane. We’re all here to make sure you have a relaxing Christmas break and even Head Chef, Paul Hood, will be on hand to help if you need!