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Top Winter Holiday Travel Tips

A family looking at an airplane outside the window at an airport

Not everyone experiences the harsh cold, ice and snow storms of winter. Those who live where the temperatures drop well below freezing know just how these conditions can hinder holiday travel plans, leaving you stranded. Flights get canceled, roads become jammed with traffic, and ice makes driving dangerous.

There's no way around inclement weather, especially when living in the rentals in Manhattan, but there are ways to be smart about traveling in it. Follow these holiday travel tips to help avoid sticky situation this holiday season.

Double-Check Your Flight

Just because you're catching a plane in warmer weather states doesn't mean there won't be a delay. The airplane may be coming from Chicago or Minneapolis, where there are snowstorms a plenty. When foul weather strikes, your vacation plans may be put on hold temporarily.

Always make sure to head over to your airline's website to check for any delays. Alternatively, you could download an app that does the work for you. Either way, taking a moment to check the status of your flight can save you hours worth of a headache later.

What's The Forecast?

With today's busy schedules, it can be tough to stay up to date on the local forecast. Whether you're just taking an hour drive to a friend's or landed at the airport nearest your family, it's important to be aware of any potential snow storms. Sometimes, it makes the most sense to stay put.

While driving can't always be avoided, you can carry a winter safety kit in the car to use in a worst case scenario situation. Extra layers, blankets, food and water are all excellent preparations. Make sure to keep your devices charged in case of emergency.

Hassle Free Rebooking

Canceled flights are inevitable during the winter. Luckily, airlines often give customers the opportunity to rebook their flights for free when weather conditions become too dangerous. The majority will also let you choose an earlier or later departure time. Take advantage of this offer and save yourself the cost of another plane ticket.

Use Social Media

It doesn't hurt to follow your airline on Facebook or Twitter, either. This way, you can see up to date information on any delays taking place. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive email alerts on your smartphone. Both of these nifty features make a life a lot easier.

Keep Your Devices Charged

Aside from the safety aspect mentioned earlier, keeping your devices charged gives you something to do when traffic gets stuck or a flight is delayed. Don't expect there to be an open outlet at the airport, especially with so many people now behind schedule. You might want to bring a power pack in the event that your wait is going to be a long one.

Stock Up On Non-Perishables

You will probably get hungry at some point during your wait, but eating at airports and rest stops can drain your wallet fast. Stick with items high in protein like granola bars, beef jerky and dried nuts to give you the energy you need to make it through. This goes for flying and driving, but remember not to bring a water bottle through airport security.

Stranded Is As Stranded Does

If you're already stuck at the airport, the best thing you can do is multitask your way out of the situation. Heading to the ticket counter is a decent start, but you should also head online to find the next flight for your cities on various airlines. If nothing looks promising, then consider nearby cities where you can rent a car and drive to your final destination.

Take The Train

If you live in the Northeast US, like the Manhattan area for example, you might want to consider taking the train. Amtrak's transportation can handle tough weather, saving you from clogged highways and delayed flights altogether. Plus, you can carry two 50-pound bags with you, which are perfect for your belongings as well as gifts.

Amtrak travels to west and central America as well, but there are less stops the further out you plan to go. Taking the train might not be the fastest way to travel, but it gets the job done hassle-free.

Rentals In Manhattan

After all of your holiday traveling is said and done, it's nice to come back to a place you enjoy calling home. When it comes to premier destinations, Manhattan is a sought out location across the world, and The Cole has redefined life in the city.

Changing the game on the Upper East Side, these homes are more than just a place to end your day. A collection of modernized apartments complete with a fully loaded rooftop amenity level, The Cole situates its residents in the heart of New York's prime shopping and world class entertainment.

Thoughtfully designed with the finest comforts in the city, these spacious floor plans with private balconies are new type of apartment here in The Big Apple. Barnwood-style flooring, spacious closets with custom shelving, and window treatments add to the modern appeal. Meanwhile, in-unit washers and dryers eliminate the tedium of community laundry rooms. Iced white quartz countertops are accentuated by glass tile backsplash and under cabinet lighting. Brushed nickel Moen fixtures, contemporary vanities, and caesarstone deliver the finishing touches of refined luxury.

The community itself is a collection of amenities designed to cater to any New Yorker's needs. Residents can relax after a long day at work with the private courtyard or lounge, stay in shape with the on-site fitness center, or let loose in the billiards room. On-site parking and management address a variety of needs, while a package room and concierge services relieve the stresses of every day life. The entire building is also pet friendly!

The Cole is a one of a kind home and hangout, giving busy individuals a reprieve from the hectic lifestyle of the city. When your holiday travels are finally through, come home, unwind and indulge in the luxury living that is The Cole Apartments.