“Six bucks and my right nut says we’re not landing in Chicago.” – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
To begin, if you have not seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, go watch it. It is a classic and pretty much sums up every Christmas travel experience I have ever had.
For those of you not from North America, roughly the Saturday before Christmas every year, the weather will turn into a North of the Wall hellscape stranding travellers regardless of their mode of transport. We have been stuck several times in airports and taken days to drive distances that should have been covered in hours.
We once tried to drive across British Columbia to spend Christmas with family and the terror on the roads changed my ability to drive for ever. As we swerved perilously close to the side of mountains, I thought there had to be a better way.
Since that day, we have, for the most part, avoided Christmas travel. As much as we want to spend the holidays with loved ones, we just no longer want to endure the horrific scenarios that tend to develop at that time of year.
We will be spending the holidays at home this year, just the five of us, and will be happy to do so. We’d love to hear about your horror stories of holiday travel or why you choose to fight old man winter to get somewhere special during the holidays.
Full disclosure…after drafting this yesterday, I found cheap flights to Peru departing a few days after Christmas so maybe I should never say never to winter travel. Mrs. ImpsAndRamblers said no though so I guess it will indeed be another year of hibernating over the winter break.