Air travel can either be the most exhilarating experience or the worst time of your life. It all depends on your attitude and how well prepared you are in advance of your trip. Keep reading for some tips on how to make your next flight a fun and memorable one.
Keep Time For Stress-Free Air Travel
It is better to be early for your flight than to go through the stress of rushing to make a flight or missing it altogether. It is recommended that you be at the airport at least 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight.
Yes, it may seem like a waste of time to arrive early and have to wait around but you can fill in this time by doing some work on your laptop, reading, checking out the duty-free shops or making friends and connections with your fellow travelers.
Be Friendly But Not Bothersome
Speaking of which, air travel is a great opportunity to meet and make friends with a diverse range of people. Make the best of your experience by being friendly and engaging with your fellow travelers. A smile goes a long way, as well as helping someone that may seem lost or in need of anything.
Speak to the person seated next to you in the plane and express interest in their travel experience. Take note, however, that not everyone may be eager to have conversations. Read the mood of your fellow passengers and if they don’t want to be disturbed leave them alone.
Check-In Online And Choose The Best Seats
Most Airlines now offer online and mobile check-in. Take advantage and check-in as early as possible to choose the best seats available. Checking in online will also help you find information about the departure procedures that will help you have a smooth departure. For example, most airlines give details about baggage restrictions and security requirements for the airport you are departing from.
Air Travel Requires You To Travel light.
Air travel is most enjoyable when you travel light. There is nothing more frustrating than paying extra baggage fees higher than the value of the things you are carrying in that baggage. Additionally, if you have connecting flights, it is easier to move between gates if you have light luggage. Imagine trying to run to a connecting flight with a heavy bag on your back.
This brings up another point, ensure your baggage is easy to carry around. The best option is rollable bags and suitcases that you can drag behind you across airports.
Finally, dress lightly to facilitate your passage through security checks. Dress up in layers so that if it is warm, you can take off your sweater or jacket. Furthermore, keep metal jewelry to a minimum as these will have to be taken off to pass through security. Belts and shoes are another annoyance. If at all possible, don’t wear a belt with a metal buckle. Additionally, wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off at the security check.
Those are some of our tips for stress-free air travel. What are your best hacks for traveling? Let us know in the comments.