Travelling by plane can be a stressful experience. The ever-increasing security measures combined with the sheer number of people in the airport appear to be designed to increase your stress levels.
This is why it is important that you discover my golden rules of flying by a travel expert. It doesn’t need to be stressful!
Let me introduce myself, I’m a freelance travel writer. I actually get paid to travel the globe reporting on what I see. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been on a plane.
But this does mean I’ve learned the hard way so that you don’t have to.
Technology is brilliant; most airlines offer an online check-in function. My advice is to use it.
By checking in 24 hours in advance you’re making sure that you don’t get bumped off a full plane. You’re also beating the queues at the check-in desk!
Know Your Seat
When you check in online you should be able to select your seat. This is perfect as you’ll be able to choose the right one for you.
Personally, I prefer the front of the plane and I’m generally happy with the window seat. This gives me the best opportunity to sleep and tends to be the quietest spot.
The fact that I don’t generally need the toilet when travelling means I’m not likely to be disturbing anyone or have them disturb me.
Of course, if you are a frequent toilet visitor choose an aisle seat. Or if you have long legs try and get the exit seats; although you face heavy competition for these.
Why rush to board your plane? The flight is long enough anyway and there’s not a lot you can do on a plane. You already have a seat picked out and the plane is not going to go without you.
So I wait until the last of the queue has gone through the gates before I stroll over and casually board the plane. It’s a lot less stressful!
In Flight Aids
Economy is the cheapest and most practical option. Often it’s the only affordable option. But this shouldn’t present an issue.
Simply make sure you have everything you need to stay amused for your flight. A laptop or tablet will allow you to work or watch movies. You can even play games if you like or read a book.
An eye mask and a blanket will help you to sleep better and taking an empty bottle with freshly sliced lemon will allow you to enjoy refreshing water while you fly; with water from the plane obviously!
This sounds obvious, flying is stressful but there are steps you can take to reduce the stress.
Start by giving yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. You don’t need to run like Usain Bolt just to make your flight!
You can also prep your bag and clothing to ensure you pass through security smoothly.
This is a more difficult one and everyone will have their own approach.
The easiest way to minimize jet lag is simply to get a good night’s sleep before you fly. Ideally, aim to arrive in the evening. This way you can turn straight in and be refreshed in the morning, ready to make the most of your trip.