With pricey flights, extensive security measures and super long lines, traveling by air gets a bad rap these days. Though this can be annoying, there is still an excitement about boarding an airplane and soaring way up among the clouds. Don’t let planning your trip and navigating through the airport take away from an otherwise enjoyable journey. Read on for some tips on how to lower stress when planning air travel and have a stress-free trip.
When you buy your ticket, make sure that you use your government name, the way it’s spelled on your passport or driver’s license is the way you need to spell your name when you buy your ticket. Never use your nickname or shortened versions of your name, you will more than likely experience delays if your name on your ID does not exactly match the name on your airline ticket. Security has increased over the years and you don’t want to run into problems at the airport when you try to go through security or board your flight.
Most airlines now charge to check your first bag, to avoid this charge, leave that extra pair of shoes at home so you can fit everything you need into a carry-on. For that carry-on bag you decided to bring, check to make sure that it meets all regulations. Airline personnel look at carry-on bags before boarding to make sure they are a certain size and will not let you carry your bag on if it is over a certain size. Typically, you’re allowed one small carry-on bag as well as a purse, laptop or other small bag. If you do not meet the specified allowances, the bag will be taken from you and tagged for checked baggage.
Give yourself ample amount of time to get to your gate. Arrive at the airport early to avoid any rush – parking, check-in and security can all have long line ups depending on when you travel. Once you check-in go through security right away because you never know what the lines will look like that day. If you get to the airport and there are no lines along the way, perfect, it gives you time to find your gate and grab a bite to eat before boarding your flight.
If you have a connecting flight, check the flight number on your next flight before you land. Ask your flight attendant for your next gate information as some of them receive information before landing. If you have no success with the flight attendant, once you deplane and get to the top of the ramp, ask the person at the desk which gate your next flight departs from, they will be able to tell you on the spot.
When looking at the options for a flight don’t only look at the price, also focus on the number of stops. Choosing a nonstop flight can make a huge difference in the comfort of your airline experience. Multiple stops requires you to hop on and off an aircraft multiple times. With a non-stop flight you will only have to board once, reducing the chances of a missed connection. If you’re traveling with infants or young children, non-stops are a no brainer, book your flight early to make sure there are available seats on nonstop flights.
Travelling by air can still be enjoyable with a little planning ahead. Keep these things in mind as you prepare for air travel, so that you can relax and have a worry free flight.
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