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Why the Best Holiday Travel Comes Before the Holidays

I'll be the first to acknowledge that this is a mileage-may-vary tale and that my wife's Delta flight was a bit more full than mine. That said, the lack of pressure on both of us at each terminal and the ease with which we were able to complete our trips makes me a firm believer in this off-peak strategy.

This doesn't make a trip at this time of year any more ideal for folks who have to travel on Thanksgiving or Christmas and just want some time in between to gird themselves for the next holiday, but if you're a business traveler looking for a window for that promised trip back to HQ, a boss trying to plan a company holiday party for far-flung employees or a leisure traveler who'd sooner jam holly sprigs into his or her retinas than travel during the holidays, there's a nice, soft portion of the calendar from about the Tuesday after Thanksgiving through the Thursday before Christmas that's just waiting for you.

If you miss it, don't worry. Just about any week after New Year's through February that doesn't include Martin Luther King Day will give you the same room to roam. While it's just a reminder of how unnecessarily unpleasant airline travel has become just about any other day of the year, it's worth enjoying while you can.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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