If you like to travel but always seem to get it wrong, or find the whole process so stressful you’d rather not leave the comfort of your own home, you need to check out the ten hottest travel tips from frequent flyers and aviation crew.
What better way to get the secret intel than by going right to the horse’s mouth (so to speak)?
Check out these tips for easier, hassle-free vacationing around the world:
1 – Why are you wearing flip flops?
“We see so many PAX travelling in flip flops and it’s so dangerous. What happens in the unlikely event that something will go wrong and we need to follow safety and emergency instructions? Wear sensible shoes not only for that but also because it’s easier to run through the airport late in sneakers than it is in high heels.”
2 – Travel Lighter
“Most passengers fly with so much more stuff than they actually need. They don’t wear half the clothes they bring or use half the stuff they shove in their case. Half of them pay for extra luggage costs even when they don’t really need to.”
Not only will travelling lighter save you a small fortune on all those extra-weight charges, you’ll have a much happier time of things. There will be less stress – you won’t be at the checking desk scrambling to find your purse to pay the additional costs, you won’t be lugging the heaviest case in the world from one end of the airport and back…
Pack lighter. Take shirts that go with trousers and skirts and take sensible shoes too. Six inch stilettos sound like a great idea but you won’t be able to walk in them once you get started on those many steps and cobbled streets in places such as Malta.
3 – Learn a few words of the local language.
“It’s amazing how many people don’t even know the words for please and thank you when they go to a new country!”
If you at least learn a few of the words of their native language, you can make some attempt at showing these local people you’re not a complete ignoramus when you need their help. And you will. It’ll be needing directions one day when you’re hopelessly lost or in dire need of a close toilet.
4 – Sit next to a man.
“Men tend to use the loo a lot less than women do. You should also try to sit as far away as you can from children. If you want peace and quiet, get yourself a window seat next to a guy and you’ll be much happier.”
Of course, he’ll be more likely to fall asleep and fancy a chat too. Women love to chat…
5 – Vegetarian food is the safest.
“The vegetarian or Asian foods are always less stodgy than the regular meals and you’ll generally be served before everyone else too. Oh and they’ll be fresher and of higher quality in a lot of cases too because they are in low quantities.”
Some reports have shown that healthy food on the plane (over stodgy, fatty foods) can actually help with jet lag. Not only that but you’ll be in much less discomfort on the plane too. Stodgy, unhealthy foods can play havoc with your digestive system… Just remember you’re essentially in a metal tube. Any gas omitted will stay there for a while…
6 – Travel in a hoodie!
No, you’re not a yob. But the hoodie does have it’s uses!
“You can put your headphones in and out your head up and close yourself away from the rest of the world. If you’re travelling alone or are sat with someone you’d rather not converse with, politely tell them you’re exhausted and need a nap. Headphones in, hoodie up and you could almost be in the comfort of your own bed… Almost!”
Not only that, the blankets they offer you to cover yourself as you sleep on the plane can be quit thin and not all that warm. You can tuck yourself up in your oversized hoodie if you were smart enough to wear it on the plane.
7 – Don’t forget your electronics…
You’re always advised not to bring expensive items with you when you’re travelling but internet cafes and other such internet-ready places can prove to be incredibly expensive dependent on where you are in the world. You can pick up free wi-fi almost anywhere in the world these days, easily accessed from your phone or tablet. If you don’t have those with you, you’ll need to hunt out a cafe or similar which might take a while. Make sure you have insurance on the devices before you go.
8 – EAR PLUGS!
“If you’ve forgotten your ear phones or ear plugs, buy some. They might be expensive on the plane but they’re so worth it. You won’t have to listen to that screaming child three seats behind. Nor will you need to put up with that guy snoring next to you. Ear phones with music can help to soothe and drown out noise, but ear plugs are great if you just want to curl up and snooze.”
If you want some great advice – pack two lots of ear plugs or ear phones and don’t pack them together.
9 – Don’t use the hotel exchange.
“Hotel exchange rates are often really bad. I always shop around to get the best deal on my travel money before I go. If I know a while in advance, I buy it as soon as the currency works well in my favour. Waiting might mean losing out. Also, buying at the last minute is more like to result in panic-buying and therefore paying too much.”
Don’t bother with travellers cheques these days either. You can buy specially designed traveling prepaid Visa or Mastercard these days and and many of them don’t charge you for your purchases made abroad.
At the same time, don’t travel with loads of cash on you. That’s a mugging-risk waiting to happen. If you are travelling with cash, separate it between two wallets or purses. If you find yourself in a ‘situation’, you can hand over one of the wallets or purses and still have the other one with an emergency supply of cash.
10 – Don’t underestimate airline loyalty schemes.
“It’s the easiest way to get a free or cheap flight upgrade and better than that, you can actually save a lot of money. The more you use it, the more you’ll save but that doesn’t mean the odd flight here and there won’t help.”
Or you don’t regularly fly but have (for example) relatives or friends who live abroad who you did like to go and see from time to time, consider the loyalty scheme with certain airlines. It might prove to be a little more expensive than flipping and changing but in the long run, if you participate in their loyalty scheme, you will start to reap the rewards. Those upgrades alone are tempting right?