Air travel is meant to be fun. It’s supposed to expand your horizons and introduce you to new cultures. But for some people, planning and going on a trip becomes more like an extension of everyday life – a bit of a chore.
You don’t want that! Read some of the tips below that can help you have a more relaxed, rewarding trip. Travel has so much to offer that you don’t want the little things keeping you from seeing (and enjoying) the Big Picture.
The fewer items you bring, the fewer hassles you have. It’s just that simple. Learn to pack less for your trips. Take only the minimum. You’ll save yourself on baggage fees, have less to check in and less to lug around.
Pick the Right Security Line
People who complain about getting stuck behind families with a lot of kids in the security line should really blame themselves. In that moment when you can scan the security lines before committing to one, look for the line that has the most people in business attire (they know what they are doing) and the fewest kids (they have no idea what they are doing).
Bring a Book
Don’t want to talk to people on the plane? Then, bring a book. Nothing says “I don’t wish to be bothered” quite as well as a good book on your lap. Also, if you’re a reader, the airport and the plane offer a great chance to catch up on reading.
Pick the Right Seat
This is so important that we devoted an entire article to it. Choosing the right seat for air travel involves having a plan for what works best for you and then following it through. In every scenario, you want to avoid young kids, talkative large groups and those who are most likely to get up and use the bathroom repeatedly (studies show that women do this more often than men).
Bring a Hoodie
Hoodies have become the versatile air travel apparel of choice for the veteran. A hoodie can protect your head from a sudden rain shower. You can use the hoodie as a pillow on the plane. You can draw the hoodie closed to get some privacy for a nap. And so on. Find your favorite hoodie and bring it along.
Pause Before Leaving
Smart people – especially those in large groups or with a family – know to always “take a pause” before leaving anywhere. This includes an airport lounge, hotel room, show venue, restaurants and anywhere else that you sat, stood and hung out in for more than just a few minutes. During that pause, look around to make sure you have everything with you. Leaving something behind (phone, headphones, money, articles of clothing) is still the issue that plagues people the most on trips.
Manage Your Money
Your best bet for foreign travel is to get a card from a U.S. bank that doesn’t charge you for making purchases out of the
Insurance and Professional Support
If you want to have security when travelling, buy travel insurance. This is especially important if you are traveling overseas – make sure to purchase a medical travel insurance policy. And if you have a medical condition or an injury, consider hiring a professional transport company to help arrange your trip and take care of all your medical needs.
Don’t Over Plan
You don’t need to know what you are doing for every single moment of every single day. Build in some open time so you can explore whatever catches your eye or whatever interesting place a local tells you about. Travel is meant to expand your knowledge and give you new experiences. Not everything can, or should, be planned.
If there is someplace you have always wanted to go or a site you’ve always wanted to see, then start planning to make that trip today. You may need time to save money, but the sooner you start to save, the sooner you can go. If you put off the trip longer, you run the risk of never going. Life tends to get in the way. These are some air travel tips to keep in mind. Travel is still one of the best ways to understand the world and meet interesting people. Take the time to do it right and relax. Travel is meant to be a fun adventure, not an over-planned chore!