Denver International Airport(credit: CBS)

The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. It’s that time of year when deep breathing exercises can help a traveler keep calm, but there’s no substitute for being prepared. Arrive early with good reading material, activities for the kids and plenty of patience. When traveling by air, parking and TSA checkpoints don’t have to create the stress that they often do for travelers. Explore the less stressful modes of transportation and be sure to keep up with the latest TSA standards. Here are some holiday travel tips to avoid needing a vacation from the vacation.

Denver RTD SkyRide

Regional Transportation District
1600 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 299-6000

Price: $9-$13
Hours: Vary from 3:30 a.m. to midnight

The most affordable way to get to and from Denver International Airport is RTD’s SkyRide service. The buses run 24/7 and “depart from each SkyRide stop at least once an hour and some as frequently as every 15 minutes.” A great way to save money and avoid crowded rush hour traffic, travelers will be dropped off right at their terminal. Being picked up is easy as finding the ground transportation area on the west side of the terminal on level five. According to the RTD website, you can “catch frequent SkyRide buses throughout the RTD service area at bus stops and at many Park-n-Rides, every day of the year.” The drivers will even help load and unload your luggage.

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Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot
24300 E. 75th Ave.
Denver, CO 80249
(303) 342-7275

Price: $7 per day
Hours: 24 hours a day

Parking at Denver International Airport can be convenient for busy travelers. However, the garage lots can be pricey and full. With a price tag of $21 a day for the garage and $11 a day for the outdoor economy lots, parking off site may be the way to go. For just $7 a day and only three miles down the road, the Pikes Peak shuttle lot is an economical alternative. Wouldn’t that money be better spent on souvenirs? The free shuttle runs about every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day and the drivers are always helpful and friendly. On a return trip back, the buses drop you off within just steps of your car.

Denver Airport Limousine & Car Service
5255 N. Memphis St.
Denver, CO 80239
(720) 400-9947

Price: Varies depending on the car
Hours: By appointment

Holiday travel can be stressful enough. The Denver Airport Limousine & Car Service can make the beginning and end portion of your journey luxurious and relaxing. For those who really want to live it up, choose to travel by limousine and arrive completely stress free. For those travelers who want the affordable luxury, this company offers town car and SUV services close to taxi-cab pricing. The drivers understand the traffic and rush hours so why not be chauffeured and arrive at the airport on time?

Micro Center
8000 E. Quincy Ave.
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 302-8500

Whether traveling by air or by car, for most travelers, being prepared includes keeping the electronics well charged. From our cell phones, iPads and Kindles to the kids’ toys, keeping everything charged and ready to go is essential for smooth travel. The impressive customer service at Micro Center store is there for all travelers’ electronics needs. No matter the age or the type of device, Micro Center is a one-stop shop. In the event of a flight delay or lost baggage, it is important to pack the chargers in the carry-ons. Remember to pack converters for overseas travel, camera batteries and memory cards, car phone chargers as well as wall chargers.

Swim ‘N Things
5494 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 757-8866

Traveling during the winter holidays might take people someplace that will require a swimsuit. Another part of being prepared in the packing department is to never be without one. Whether it’s a summer-like destination or just the hotel pool, Swim ‘N Things can take care of a traveler’s fashion needs during any season. It can be slim pickings at department stores this time of year. Bathing suits are this shop’s specialty, carrying a wide variety of swimwear for women, men and children. No matter what time of year, Swim ‘N Things can take care of a traveler’s swim needs for every shape, size and style.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on