Anyone who has been abroad knows that the process of international travel is an arduous adventure in itself, so much so that you may feel exhausted before taking a single step in your destination country. Before setting out, consider these travel tips to relieve some of the stress from your journey.
Find The Best Airline Ticket
There are many sites that offer competitively priced tickets. Between sellers, there will probably be little difference in price; however, there are ways to get more affordable tickets. Timing is the most important thing when searching for a cheap ticket, since prices are lower the further in advance a ticket is bought. On the other hand, it’s possible to buy low-priced tickets for flights that have had a recent cancellation or have many empty seats that won’t be filled (airlines try to sell as many seats as possible in order to save on fuel). Other factors that affect ticket price include the size of the airline, how many transfers must be made, and current fuel prices.
Consider Safety Concerns
Flying is generally a safe form of travel, but there are still a few things that you can do to ensure everyone’s safety and security. Airport security has a very specific set of rules when it comes to what kind of items can be brought onto a plane. Certain liquids and objects will be confiscated at the security checkpoint, so make sure to research what is acceptable to bring along. Make sure that you have personal identification and are prepared to explain your reasons for travel. Once you are inside, know that you won’t be able to leave the airport without checking through security again. Always think about the type of weather that occurs around your area of travel, since storms or snow can cause flight delays. Depending on the country you wish to travel to, it may be wise to research current travel advisories to confirm the level of caution that should be taken.
Be Aware of Possible Problems
The airport can be a chaotic place. No matter how much precaution is taken, sometimes obstacles can get in the way of a pleasant journey. If you drive your car to the airport, then it’s necessary to buy a parking space in which to leave your car for the duration of your trip. For this reason, many people choose to take a taxi or rideshare to their airline gate. Large airports will have their own transit system to ferry you from one end of the complex to the other. This is useful, but can be confusing. Never put yourself in a position where you are crunched for time, otherwise you may arrive too late and miss your flight. The airline has already reserved your seat, which means that no refunds are issued to people that miss their plane. Keep in mind that under European law, if a flight delay causes you to arrive at your destination more than three hours late, then you are entitled to EU flight compensation. This can be a great help to people that experience a flight delay through no fault of their own, especially since one delay can cause you to miss your next flight. If you think that you have a case, then be sure to file a claim.
Save Money by Bringing Your Own Items
Many supplies and electronics can be bought from stores that operate from inside the airport. Keep in mind that everything will be more expensive inside the airport, so either purchase or bring as many necessary items as possible. Airport security permits almost any food, but is much more picky about liquids. If you need a drink, then a cup of coffee at the airport won’t set you back too far, but try to avoid buying things like smoothies or ice cream. Headphones, charging cables…etc. are all offered at inflated prices, so don’t expect to pack light and buy what you need as you go–unless you’re willing to spend a huge sum of money.
Overall, flying is something that you get better at as you gain experience. There’s no way to avoid the hustle and bustle of the airport, but there are ways to prepare for it. Good luck, and safe travels!