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Photo: North Photos (Shutterstock) It’s not looking good for 2021 holiday travel season. Even if you’ve booked flights, rental cars, or hotel rooms months in advance, the speed at which things are changing in the travel industry means that having a ticket or reservation isn’t necessarily a guarantee that your trip will take place as planned. Between potential weather problems, COVID regulations that could change at any moment, staff shortages, and the fact that last year’s flexible booking and cancellation policies are, for the most part, a thing of the past, it’s best to go into the season with at least some backup plan. In an article for the Associated Press , Sally French shares a few different ways to be prepared this year. Here’s what to know. If you’re flying, approach the trip assuming your plans will change It’s not even Thanksgiving, and air travel is already (still?) unreliable. For this reason, French suggests going in prepared for your trip to be extended a bit, and flexible about your plans in general. A slightly different approach (aka, mine) is to just assume that your plans will change, between delayed or canceled flights, rental companies giving the person ahead of you the car you reserved—that kind of thing. And then, on the off-chance that things do go according to plan, you’ll be extra grateful and it’ll seem like a holiday miracle. Limit yourself to a carry-on Again, if you’ll be traveling by plane, French recommends packing everything you need […]