Now that I have moved away, something I have to deal with is solo holiday travel. After only flying during the Christmas season once I have already learned a couple lessons. The main thing would be to show up early. Everyone would tell you this but I am telling you this for a reason other than that there are a lot of travelers of the holiday season. I had never been to Dallas before I moved. With that considered I had only ever flown into DFW, I had never flown out of it though.
When I ended up being ready even earlier than suggested for my flight I decided to just get my uber earlier too. It was better to be safe than sorry. I didn’t know the airport very well and there was no one with me to correct me on anything I may have forgotten. Sure enough I made a mistake that would have stressed me out if I wasn’t early. When looking up my terminal and gate I looked at which one my flight was coming into. Not which one it was departing from. With the way DFW is set up this meant having to take some shuttle to drive me from on terminal to another.
Once I got to the correct terminal I actually got through security fairly quick. Once I got to the gate, the reader board made me second guess if I was at the right place. The reader board only mentioned how a flight to Portland had changed gates. There was no word about the Seattle flight I was taking. I went with another woman to go find someone to ask about this. We suspected we were at the right gate but we just wanted to be sure. It took asking 3 different employees to get someone to actually help us. We were indeed in the right place but getting our question answered took up another good chunk of time. This situation also made me happy that I had shown up early for my flight.
I have traveled alone before but usually out of airports I had been to with my family before or super tiny airports. If you are dealing with holiday travel for the first since graduating from an airport you don’t know well, I recommend leaving extra time for any mistakes you might make. Doing so sure helped me out.