Holiday Travel Hacks to Help You Avoid (or at Least Prepare for) the Journey to Grandma's

Holiday Travel Hacks to Help You Avoid (or at Least Prepare for) the Journey to Grandma's

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The season of 2-hour airport security lines, traffic jams with a car full of kids, and that annual reminder that yes, fruitcake is TSA-approved, but that gravy in your carry-on (looking at you, Chrissy Teigen) is more than 3.4 fluid ounces.

It’s peak travel season, and the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, in particular, will see millions of Americans swarming major transit hubs in order to make it home for the holidays. While some level of chaos is essentially guaranteed, there are a few travel hacks anyone can apply to make the coming festive season a little less stressful.

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Travel at off hours, or even on off days, whenever possible.

Heading to grandma’s house on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always going to be a slog. If possible, try to travel at less popular times: Very early in the morning or later at night, instead of in the afternoon or during evening rush hour.

Even better, travel on less popular days, advises AAA. Driving to and from your Turkey Day destination on Wednesday afternoon and Sunday evening, for example, is best avoided. Making the trip on the Monday or Tuesday prior and returning the following Monday should save some traffic headaches. And if you’re flying, you’ll likely find cheaper ticket prices.

Arrive to the airport early. Like, really early.

Cautious planners, this is your time to shine. Unexpected delays, like long lines to check baggage or go through security, can add significant time to your trip. The TSA recommends arriving to the airport two hours before your flight for domestic travel and three hours ahead for international trips during the holidays.

Don’t pack presents.

For your own peace of mind, it’s a good idea to ship presents ahead to your holiday destination. It will mean less to lug through the airport while sweating in your ski jacket, and less likelihood of incurring an overweight bag fee.

And if you must, don’t wrap them.

If, for any reason, the TSA finds a wrapped gift suspicious, they can — and will — unwrap it. Every year, holiday travelers are shocked to find upon opening their suitcases after a flight, that their carefully packaged presen

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Gina Kirschenheiter Says Estranged Husband & New Boyfriend Have Met: 'It Was Really Weird for Me'

Gina Kirschenheiter Says Estranged Husband & New Boyfriend Have Met: 'It Was Really Weird for Me'

The men in Gina Kirschenheiter‘s are all getting along surprisingly well.

While appearing with her fellow costars at the Real Housewives of Orange County panel on Sunday at BravoCon, the reality star revealed that her estranged husband, Matt Kirschenheiter, has a good relationship with her new boyfriend, Travis Mullen.

“Matt sat down with Travis,” Gina, 35, told panel host Amy Phillips, of SiriusXM’s Reality Checked. “It was really weird for me. … But he said, ‘Don’t worry, he’s a really nice guy.’ ”

Gina went on to explain that Matt’s “in a bad place now” and at first wasn’t too happy about her relationship with Mullen. “At first he was not having it,” Gina said. “It created a bad situation between him and I.”

But what changed his tune? Knowing that Mullen would be having a relationship with Gina and Matt’s kids: sons Nicholas, 7, and Luca, 4, and daughter Sienna, 5.

“He wanted to meet him because he’s around the kids,” recalled Gina. “He accepted this was happening. Sometimes Matt can be stubborn but he always does at the end of the day put the kids first.”

“I’m in a good relationship, a healthy relationship,” Gina added, stressing to the crowd not to judge Matt too hard. “I’m trying to co-parent with Matt and doing the best I can. It’s hard.”

College sweethearts Gina and Matt were together for 11 years and married for eight before separating in April 2018 and filing for divorce.

Initially, Gina insisted that the two had grown apart, were parting on good terms and would be co-parenting together — telling PEOPLE last September that Matt was still her “best friend” and “the most important person to me.”

However, Gina has also claimed on this season of RHOC that Matt cheated on her and was still in a relationship with the woman.

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In August, the two appeared to have come to a custody agreement, with Gina getting primary physical custody of their kids and nearly $10,000 in monthly support (they’d share legal custody, and Matt would see t

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This Colorblock Pullover Is Much Cuter Than Your Typical Fleece Sweatshirt — and It's Only $28 Right Now

This Colorblock Pullover Is Much Cuter Than Your Typical Fleece Sweatshirt — and It's Only $28 Right Now

With temperatures dropping, it’s officially time to get your cozy on with cold weather staples like warm blankets, homey candles, and this snuggly piece you’ll want to wear all fall and winter long.

The fuzzy fleece pullover sweatshirt strikes the perfect balance being both cute and comfy, with Amazon reviewers claiming it will even make you look forward to cooler weather and “feels like you’re wearing a blanket.” The quarter-zip fleece comes in two designs and over a dozen color combinations — including trendy animal prints — and for a limited time, it’s marked down to $27.99 with some designs going for as little as $19.99. 

Unlike other popular fleece jackets that tend to look pretty casual, this pullover is a more stylish option that features fashion-forward color blocking, chic prints (hello, leopard!), and a slew of popular hues like blush pink and olive green. 

And while there aren’t a ton of reviews published just yet, the existing feedback is overwhelmingly positive, filled with shoppers raving about the jacket’s fuzzy feel and stylish look. “Comfiest sweater I own and so darn soft,” one reviewer wrote. “I get so many compliments on it.”

Buy It! Akewei Womens Fleece Pullover Sweatshirt, $19.99–$27.99 (orig. $42.99);

“I own this in four colors now — it’s so comfy and I want to wear it everyday!” another chimed in. “The sleeves and waist line are elastic which gives it a nice shape!” 

The roomy pullover is meant to look oversized and features shaggy fleece on both the inside and outside. Its medium weight makes it ideal for layering under your coat on cold days or wearing alone on mild days. You can wear it around the house to stay warm indoors, too.

Its faux sherpa material washes well, too, according to owners. “I bought the white and gray one and it’s just as described — it fits a little baggy like in the pictures,” one reviewer wrote. I’ve only washed it a few times, but it’s stayed fluffy and full like it did when it was brand new.”

Given its versatility and trendy look, the Prime-eligible piece is a great gift for family and friends — especially for those who are always cold (there’s always someone!). Just be sure to snag a few to gift this holiday season or one for yourself before this s

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Porsha Williams Still Hopes to 'Get Married on Television' After Fiancé's Cheating Scandal

Porsha Williams Still Hopes to 'Get Married on Television' After Fiancé's Cheating Scandal

Porsha Williams is still hoping to walk down the aisle with fiancé Dennis McKinley, even after he admitted to cheating on her while she was pregnant with their 7-month-old daughter, Pilar Jhena.

On Saturday, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed to the crowd at BravoCon that she and McKinley were still going strong and still planning on having a wedding — perhaps even one in front of the cameras.  

“You will hopefully see me get married on television,” she said at the network’s first-ever convention, held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Just last week, RHOA viewers watched Williams open up about her relationship struggles after she discovered McKinley was unfaithful.

The infidelity appeared to come out of the blue for fans. Both appeared to be head-over-heels in love, their romance documented last season on RHOA and on their spin-off special, The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Porsha’s Having a Baby.

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It threw Williams for a loop too, she admitted at BravoCon. But ultimately, she says being honest about everything that’s happening in her life — the good and the bad — is “what I signed up for.”

“This journey that I’ve been on, in television, I have committed to it. I’m committed to whatever my truth is and that being told in my own way,” Williams said.

“The beginning of the season was very hard on me. But it was my reality at the time,” she continued. “Neither of us wanted it but what we’re going through. … It’s so embarrassing. … I was just doing a baby special, I was just putting our relationship out there as this amazing thing. And then you get to this point that this is happening?”

In the end, though, Williams said that she hopes fans stick by and watch her journey. “Just as we had a beautiful beginning, the ending could also be beautiful,” she said.

“What we’re going through is reality,” she added. “Other people are going through it. By them seeing him take responsibility, me learning to forgive — all of that is something that will hopefully empow

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Relationships Are Tested in Vanderpump Rules Season 8 Trailer — Watch!

Relationships Are Tested in Vanderpump Rules Season 8 Trailer — Watch!

Vanderpump Rules fans might want to sit down for this one — the official season 8 trailer is here.

The trailer was released during the Vanderpump Rules cast panel at BravoCon on Saturday. And needless to say, the tears will surely be flowing this season — both happy and sad.

As Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright prepare for their wedding day, the groom finds himself at odds with his best man Tom Sandoval. “I walk around on eggshells and Jax does whatever the f— he wants,” Sandoval confides in Tom Schwartz. Even Cartwright gets into it with the feuding friends as she tells Sandoval to “f— off!”

Meanwhile, the Witches of WeHo appear to be in conflict as Stassi Schroeder goes head-to-head with Kristen Doute.

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And James Kennedy is in hot water again this season, this time with his girlfriend Raquel, after he allegedly calls her a “slut” during an argument.

In the season teaser earlier this month, fans were introduced fans to a few hot new arrivals to cast — general manager Max Boyens, assistant manager Danica Dow and servers Brett Caprioni, Charli Burnett and Dayna Kathan.

And they certainly aren’t sitting on the sidelines: The new servers quickly find themselves embroiled in drama too.

Vanderpump Rules Season 8 premieres Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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