How to Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful

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Stay safe on the roads if you’re traveling this holiday season!

If you are heading over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this holiday season, it’s probably best to be prepared. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times to travel with busy roads, bustling airports, and winter weather causing unexpected delays. To make the holidays more enjoyable, here are some tips on how to make holiday travel less stressful.

Travel on the holiday. On the actual holiday, flights and crowds are significantly less than on the days surrounding it. Book your flight or head off in your car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to make the experience less stressful. If you want to spend more time with the family, then leave early in the morning on the day for more time together.

Fly direct. When you have a layover, the chances of delays, cancellations, and lost luggage are higher than if you book a direct flight. Even if a connection saves you money, the extra cash you will spend on a non-stop flight will give you more peace of mind, making traveling significantly less stressful.

Plan ahead. Before you head out, especially if you’re driving, it’s important to think about any possible obstacles you might come in contact with. Check the weather, ship any extra gifts that won’t fit in your luggage, and plan your route out to make sure you get to your destination on time and stress-free.

Should you experience any car troubles, feel free to contact Gossett Kia South Mt. Moriah for help!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA South!

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, so whether you’re flying or driving to your destination, you’re probably going to encounter some mishaps and a whole lot of angry people. Follow these Thanksgiving travel tips to reduce your holiday stress as much as possible.

First of all, it’s important to do whatever you can to stay calm and understand that everyone is in the same position as you. Especially if you’re driving, getting mad at traffic doesn’t help—it just makes you more reckless and puts you in danger.

Get things to keep yourself and any passengers you’re traveling with occupied, especially kids. If you bring electronic devices, charge them beforehand. Boredom is just another source of stress.

If you’re driving, leave fairly early in the morning to beat the afternoon rush, but don’t go too early and make yourself drowsy. The worst Thanksgiving traffic is Wednesday afternoon the day before and Sunday afternoon, when everyone is going back home. If you can avoid driving during these times, do it.

Use apps to find routes with the least traffic and nearby gas stations with low prices. Lastly, take driving brakes, especially if you’re with kids or you’re the only one driving. Switch drivers every couple of hours so you can rest. Drive safely!

Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween from Gossett KIA South!

Haunted houses and trails are two fantastic ways to get a fright and thrill this Halloween. Children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill of the holiday this year all around Tennessee. Here are some of the best Memphis haunted houses and trails recommended by us at Gossett KIA South.

  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – This attraction is open every Friday and Saturday from October 7th until Halloween night. Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm. Prior to the main attraction, Jones Orchard holds a farmers market until 6 pm then maintains a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and child-friendly hayrides until 10 pm.
  • Spooky Nights – Hosted by Shelby Farms Park every weekend in October, Spooky Nights is home to Memphis’ first haunted trail. Families with children can check out the nocturnal wildlife on the Nocturnal Nature Hike then go pumpkin carving. The 4,500-acre park features a number of trails, exhibits, and activities that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – Possibly the largest indoor haunted attraction in the mid-south, Wicked Ways Haunted House is located in Memphis. The haunt includes zombies, psycho clowns, and more. The attraction is open from September 30th to Halloween on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Don’t Fight the Feeling: See REO Speedwagon at 2016 Live at the Gardens

concertImagine enjoying a beautiful sunset surrounded by beautiful gardens, cold beer in hand, while rocking out to REO Speedwagon. You can make this dream a reality on August 25th as the Live At The Gardens concert series brings in these iconic arena-rockers.

In their prime, REO Speedwagon scored over a dozen Top 40 singles, including “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Lovin’ You.” For many, their show is sure to be the highlight of the 2016 Live at the Gardens concert series.

Now in its 15th year, Live at the Gardens is a series of five concerts that occur in the summer and fall months. The venue has consistently attracted only top-notch talents. Past acts include such superstars as Al Green, Kenny Loggins, Heart, and Duran Duran. The venue is located in the gorgeous surroundings of the Memphis Botanical Gardens.

The venue has two seating areas. Sit close to the stage at one of the white linen-clothed tables or party in the lawn. We at Gossett Kia South prefer the cool breezes and open air of the lawn!

The Walken Closet: Strange, Memorable Kia Super Bowl Spot Scores Big

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima at the Chicago Auto Show

There is no one quite like Christopher Walken. The actor has been in some of the greatest films ever made like Annie Hall and Pulp Fiction. He also cut a rug in a popular music video for the Fatboy Slim. In other words, the man is an artistic genius.

If you didn’t catch it, Walken lent his image, voice, and star power to arguably one of the strangest spots during the Super Bowl. The commercial featured the Kia Optima—utilizing a play on Walken’s name—and scored as one of the most memorable moments in what amounted to, sadly, one of the most boring Super Bowl games ever.

In this Kia Super Bowl commercial, a man all dressed in beige looking for his socks, checks his walk-in closet. Inside, he discovers Christopher Walken. It’s a “Walken Closet.”

As Walken explains, there are apparently two types of socks, or people, or vehicles, in this world. Beige socks and the “ones that devour” beige socks. Clearly, the Kia Optima is the latter. Or as Walken puts it, “It’s like the world’s most exciting pair of socks.”

Watch the spot here and revel in the strangeness.

Try These Unique Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

ThanksgivingIf year after year, you suffer through an over-cooked, dry turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s time to take over the turkey cooking. Try one of these unique ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey; you and your family will enjoy the meal in a whole new way.

  • A brined turkey promises you something that is moist and flavorful. You need a large container like a 5-gallon bucket (buy a new one) to fully contain the turkey and the brine. The brine usually consists of stock, herbs, spice, salt, and water. You place the turkey in the bucket and cover it completely with the brine solution. You let this soak in a cool area for 8 to 16 hours and then roast as usual. Try this recipe from cooking legend Alton Brown for a Thanksgiving turkey like you’ve never tasted before.
  • Beer-can Turkey. If your family loves beer, try this creative way of turkey cooking. It involves propping up the turkey on a partially full 24- or 32-ounce can of beer. This method will infuse the turkey with the beer’s flavor, so make sure it’s a good beer.
  • This method might make you feel like a butcher, but it promises an evenly-cooked, delicious turkey. Watch this informational video that shows you step-by-step directions.

Have you ever tried any of these methods to cook your Thanksgiving turkey?