Even when you are heading on that much needed holiday, travelling can be anything but fun and can be particularly worse during the busy, holiday season because of long queues and various delays. In order to help you survive the horror that holiday travel can be, we have put together a guide of five top tips.
Make Sure You Arrive At the Airport on Time
The only way you can ensure that you get to the airport without any problems is by getting there early. Avoiding checking in luggage can help cut down 90 minutes of your trip time, so if you can you should. Especially if you haven’t been assigned seats yet, but in general also, you should print your boarding pass off online as this will also save you some time at the airport. If the inevitable happens and you are late, be sure to check if your airline has specific policies for missed flights or late check-ins.
Make Full Use of Your Smartphone
Nowadays smartphones can be your best friend when you are travelling. Even a handset with the most basic of functionality can help you access flight itineraries via either the airline’s website or your email account. If you are looking for a more in-depth experience, use TripIt, a free app that helps manage your itinerary and makes getting your boarding pass even easier. Depending on the flight and airline, you can often get a digital boarding pass which means you don’t even have to print one off.
Look Out for First Class Free Upgrades
Holiday season travel is more of a headache than anything else, with having to arrive early, waiting a long time to go through security procedures and the almost inevitable delays. To make it more bearable you can use a special app called VideoJug that offers interesting insight on how to get a first class upgrade on your ticket for free.
Prepare In Advance for Travelling With Children
If this is not your first time travelling with children, you will be aware of the difficulties. It is best to prepare for the worst and besides warning them about their attitude in a busy, public place and providing them with enough entertainment, there are a few other things you can do. It is sensible to make sure you have some plastic bags in your pocket in preparation for a bout of air sickness. It is also wise to delegate the jobs between parents travelling with you, so that you all share a bit of the load and responsibility.
Make DIY Luggage Tags
There are various tried and tested ways to help you easily identify your luggage at the airport, but many of these are overused and can still cause confusion. Tying ribbon may have been unique and helpful a few years ago, but it’s less so now. By far the best way to ensure that your luggage will stand out from the crowd is by creating your own unique luggage tags. At most department and travel stores you can normally find blank luggage tags that either have a slot for a custom tag or laminate a piece of paper. Once you have got your hands on as many of these as you need, you can just make a unique design on your computer and print if off.