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♪ SILVER BELLS ♪ IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY

MARIA: CHRISTMAS MUSIC, 'TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL A RECORD BREAKING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE AIR, THE ROAD, THE RAILS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON CHERYL CASONE HAS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT THIS MORNING SHE'S LIVE AT THE WINTER WONDERLAND OF THE HISTORIC MILLERRAGE INN ON LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK >> REPORTER: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PRE-CHRISTMAS MORNING OUT HERE

ABOUT 46 MILLION FOLKS WILL BE FLYING IT WILL BE A STRESSFUL TIME LOTS OF QUESTIONS FROM LOTS OF FUESTIONS FROM LOTS OF FORSTIONS FROM LOTS OF FOR MIONS FROM LOTS OF FOR MYONS FROM LOTS OF FOR MY GS FROM LOTS OF FOR MY GUEFROM LOTS OF FOR MY GUESTOM LOTS OF FOR MY GUESTM LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MOST POPULAR CITIES IN THE US

THAT ARE SELLING OUT AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON I THINK LA IS TOP OF THE LIST >> L

A, NEW YORK, ORLANDO, ATLANTA, CHICAGO, A LOT OF THE USUALS CHERYL: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MORE THAN 46 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE TAKING TO THE SKIES OVER AN 18-DAY PERIOD A LOT OF STRESS AT THE AIRPORTS BUT THERE'S SOME TIPS THAT FORBES HAS THAT KIND OF TELLS US — YOU SAY YOU PACK LIGHT EVEN AT CHRISTMAS >> I'M A MAJOR ADVOCATE OF PACKING LIGHT

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE I'M GOING OR WHAT TIME OF YEAR CARRY-ON IS THE WAY TO GO I NEVER PAY TO PACK AND CARRYING ON YOU HAVE LESS BAGGAGE CHERYL: THEY SAY AVOID TRAVEL DELAYS, AVOID PEAK TRAVEL DAYS AND DON'T WRAP YOUR PRESENTS AHEAD OF TIME BIG EMPHASIS ON THIS

TSA WILL RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY >> THEY'LL GET OPENED THEY SUGGEST INSTEAD TO DO GIFT BAGS OR SHIP THEM IN ADVANCE CHERYL: HOW EARLY DO YOU NEED TO BE AT THE AIRPORT? >> AT LEAST TWO HOURS DEPENDS IF YOU HAVE TSA PRECHECK OR NOT

I WOULD RATHER SIT AROUND AND WAIT CHERYL: I'M CONNECTED WHEN I TRAVEL WITH APPS THEY SAY STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT >> HAVE YOUR APP FOR THE AIRLINES SO YOU CAN SEE IF THERE'S DELAYS IF YOU'RE HITTING THE ROADS, I SUGGEST WAZE

IT WILL TELL YOU ALTERNATIVES IF YOU NEED THEM CHERYL: TOP DESTINATIONS FOR 2019 YOU SAID CUBA AND THE AZORES >> IT'S BEAUTIFUL IT'S OFF OF PORTUGAL, UNDER PORTUGAL'S RULE

THERE'S SO MUCH TO DO THERE THERE'S MILES AND MILES OF JUST PRISTINE COASTLINE IT'S A GREAT PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUTDOORS AND DO ECO TOURS, KAYAKING, GETTING ACTIVE AND INVOLVED AND THERE'S GREAT FOOD IT'S A GREAT DESTINATION YOU CAN GET GREAT DEALS THERE, UNDER $1,000 FOR A 10 DAY TOUR AND FLIGHTS RIGHT NOW UNDER $700

CHERYL: YOU SAY CUBA IS A GOOD SPOT YOU ALSO SAY YOU LIKE ROMANIA AND NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, THE FINGER LAKES OF NEW YORK, THERE'S ALL KINDS OF GOOD IDEAS >> FOR NASHVILLE FOR CHRISTMAS TIME AND NEW YEAR'S, THERE'S FUN THINGS HAPPEN THINGSINAPPEN THINGSINGPPEN THINGS HGPPEN THINGS HAPPENING FOR NEW YEARS AND NEW ORLEANS AND JAMAICA CHERYL: YOU MENTIONED THE BAHAMAS, I HEARD I SHOULD GO TO SLS AND THE BAHAMAS AND I DID THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT PLACES TO GO IN 2019 WE'VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE AIRPORTS MARIA: IT'S TRUE JANICE TOLD US EARLIER IN THE SHOW THAT IT'S GOING TO BE MILDER IN TERMS OF THE WEATHER THAN WE THOUGHT SO MAYBE THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO GET OUT

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHERYL AND AMY WEST THANK YOU VERY MUCH CHERYL: WE'LL BE BACK IN A LITTLE BIT WITH A SURPRISE