5 Tips on How to Enjoy a Christmas with Less Fuss
Now that the festive season is in full swing, things are about to get just that little bit busier. From preparing for Christmas day and the dinner and present shopping, to taking the kids to see the lights or visiting friends and family, there’ll be plenty to tick off the to-do list this winter.
So, whether you’re trying to watch the pennies this year, or just need a helping hand getting organised, with our five top tips we’ll help you have a great Christmas with less fuss.
1. Make Use of Apps
There are plenty of fantastic apps available to make planning your Christmas easy. From wish lists, to quick shopping lists and gift planners, there’s a great selection to choose from in the app stores. Our favourites are Christmas Planner and GiftPlanner.
If you’ve left your shopping until the last-minute and need to rush into town, First’s mobile tickets will help give you one less thing to worry about too. With the mTicket’s app, you can purchase tickets before you leave home or save time and the hassle of having to scrabble around for loose change. What’s more, the tickets stay on your phone so you can’t lose it but just remember to keep your phone charged!
2. Plan Ahead
Miss the rush by buying presents in advance if you can. This will help with budgeting, but will also make sure you don’t end up doing a last-minute bulk buy of Santa socks for all the family.
To take the stress out of finding a parking space, and to avoid sitting in traffic jams to get to the shops, why not take the bus for your day out with the kids and family? And while you’re on the bus there’s also the benefit of free Wi-fi which helps you stay connected on the go. So why not keep in touch and make use of the extra time to browse for that perfect Christmas bargain.
3. Save Time
There’s so much to get done before the big day from wrapping mountains of presents and writing towers of Christmas cards, so when it finally arrives, you want to enjoy it. Buy yourself some extra time by setting your Christmas table the night before and preparing food beforehand to avoid the last-minute rush and feel relaxed when the relatives arrive!
If you’re planning ahead of the big day, our easy-to-use Travel App will also save you time and stress. The app will tell you when the bus is on its way giving you more spare time to do that last-minute job, and there’ll be less time waiting out in the cold as you arrive when the bus does. From finding the perfect outfit for the Christmas do, to picking up a gift, give yourself time doing what’s important.
4. Book in Advance
When you’re hoping to go to a festive event, make sure to book in advance. The Christmas pantomime is a festive favourite, which usually sell out fast. So, securing your tickets in advance will help avoid disappointment and the fuss of queuing with the kids for a ticket last-minute!
There are hundreds of discount sites offering special deals on tickets for a variety of Christmas events up and down the country such as the English Heritage or Visit England. And with our handy Journey Planner, you can find out which bus will get you where you need to be and when, so you can plan your journey ahead of time, avoid parking costs and full car parks.
5. Enjoy the Festive Season
Most of all remember to enjoy and make the most of the festive period. Preparing along the way and finding ways to be a little bit savvier will help make your plans go much smoother. With our range of fantastic tech you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Quick and effortless to use, our apps give you everything you need to get the bus with less fuss this Christmas.