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How to keep your holiday travels stress-free, uneventful

SPOKANE, Wash. - Holiday travel vo

Christmas is just a week away, and with many of you hitting the road or taking to the skies to see loved ones, here are a few tips to make your travels safe and uneventful.

While some are flying to see family Tracy Milano is flying to Hawaii for a well-deserved Christmas vacation.

"I was diagnosed with cancer in February and this is our celebration," Milano said.

Milano is ready to put her toes in the sand, and relax. The best present she got isn't something she'll find under a tree; it's that she's cancer-free, and ready for a trip of a lifetime with her husband and kids.

Jocelyne Laporte can't wait to see her family in Portland.

"Spending two weeks, wonderful, cooking, baking and just enjoying the grandkids," she said.

She's so excited for her trip she got to the airport hours before. Luckily, Alaska Air is spreading some holiday cheer.

"She just booked me on an earlier flight because I got here early so she's nice over there," Laporte said.

AAA predicts 94 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this year with 5 million going by plane.

It's one of the busiest times of year at Spokane International Airport, with the hustle and bustle of holiday travel. So if you're traveling through SIA, the biggest thing you need to do is give yourself extra time.

The airport recommends arriving at least 90 minutes before your flight because you never know how long those lines will be. In addition to arriving early, there are several other things you can do to make your trip stress free.

First, don't have wrapped packages in your checked or carry-on luggage; second, tag every bag you own; and third, limit carry-ons to one bag and a personal item.

Finally, if you are traveling for the holidays, the airport also suggests to check your plane's flight status before you head to the airport as weather in other cities can often times cause flight delays.