Traveling by air is seldom fun nowdays. Flying during the holiday period can be an absolute hassle. However, with a bit of careful planning and preparation, you can make your flight experience stress-free, enjoyable and safe. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goal of becoming a good travel flyer:
Choose your flights carefully : Ask airline representatives or travel agents which flights are non-stop, less crowded, have the most impressive on-time record and which period is less hectic compared to others. It's always better to spend a bit more to travel on a less hectic day than purchasing the most inexpensive ticket and finding the airport / flight overcrowded. Also, non-stop flights can minimize possible delays and are the most ideal choice even if you need to pay extra for them.
Learn about airport security: Airport security these days is serious business and applicable to all members of the family, including children and babies. Start at home with a comprehensive search of all carry-on items including children's bags. Keep in mind that no toy knives or guns will be allowed. Sharp objects of any size or type will not be allowed through airport security checkpoints-they'll be confiscated. In case you need to carry these items with you, keep them in your checked baggage.
Know what to bring: Most importantly, bringing along a nice book. Though your airline will keep you entertained with films and busy with food and refreshments, there is still a lot of time to kill. This is where a book can come in handy. If you find it difficult to sleep while flying, make sure you bring earplugs and something to cover your eyes. Also, do not forget to pack all medicines, toiletries etc. that you're likely to need during the journey. Last but not least, make sure you're dressed comfortably. Wear short sleeves with a jacket or sweater, and shoes that are easily removable.
Seating: For short-haul flights, it is a good idea to sit near the window to enjoy the view, but aisle seats are better for longer flights. You are not going to see a lot anyway, because most of your flight will possibly be during the night or over clouds or water. Even if you wish to see something, you always have the option of standing up and looking out of the windows at the doors. Different airplanes offer different seating structures.
Although air travel costs more compared to other modes of transportation, it still is the quickest and most reliable way to get to desired destination whether you're traveling for pleasure or business. By keeping the above tips and advice in mind, you can make your air travel less stressful and more fun.