Travel Tips from a Serial Flyer
I have been traveling nonstop for the last 4 years. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way to help you out on your next vacation. Enjoy!
Planning your Trip
- Start looking for flights at least 3 months ahead of time, if possible. That time frame is going to give you the lowest flights.
- Keep your eyes out for holiday and cyber sales.
- Use Google flights. Google flights has a flight tracker option that will alert you when prices go up or down.
- Try Airbnb. You can typically find great places to stay for much lower than a hotel. This is a great way to get into the culture and feel of the place you are staying, as many hosts will let you know the best places to check out outside the touristy zones.
Prepping for your Trip
- Check-in to your flight early. Sometimes you may have the option to upgrade your seat upon check-in for a low price.
- Start upping your vitamin c/Echinacea intake. Airports/plans have thousands of people going through them on a weekly basis. Planes also have recycled air and the seats and tray tables are rarely, if ever sanitized.
- Check the weather and pack accordingly.
- Make a list of items to pack and lay them out at least a day in advance. For me personally, this insures that I don’t forget anything.
- Come up with a travel “uniform”. This outfit should be comfortable, and climate friendly. Typically I wear leggings, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt or jacket and comfortable shoes.
- Download any books, podcasts, or music to your phone/tablet in advance.
- Flight essentials: for me this includes a neck pillow and eye mask, headphones, my Ipad, gum, a portable charger, slippers with a rubber bottom, hand sanitizer and an empty water bottle, and a pen. The pen comes in handy for filling out the declaration paperwork when you fly international and you may not always be provided one.
- Try to see if you can pack all your items in a carry-on, not only will it save you money, but you won’t have to wait for your bags or worry about them getting lost. I put all my toiletries in 3 ounce bottles or less and pack a big tote bag in addition to my carryon luggage. I hate waiting for my bags, but that’s just me.
- Let your bank know you will be traveling.
- Get some cash out/exchange money. We typically take out at least $100 and exchange it at the airport or the bank. Once you arrive at your destination, most hotels will exchange your money without fees as a complimentary service.
- Figure out your mode of transportation and the general area of where you are going before you arrive, especially if you are going to a foreign country.
- Get TSA pre-check. It makes things so easy at the airport. The line is typically much shorter, and you don’t have to take your shoes off.
- Leave extra room in your carry-on or pack and extra bag. You may need to transfer items if your checked bag is overweight. The extra bag also comes in handy if you buy anything on your trip.
At the Airport/On your Flight
- Arrive at least an hour and a half early for domestic flight, 2 and a half hours early for international flights, especially during a holiday or busy travel time.
- Check-in to your flight and make sure you have your boarding pass.
- Be on the lookout for flight delays or cancelled flights. Make sure you are checking your app or receiving notifications/emails from the airline you are traveling with.
- Pay attention. Things change constantly, so make sure you pay attention to announcements or anything going on at the gate.
- Use the bathroom right before you board. No one likes using the plane bathroom.
- Stay hydrated. Longer flights and the dry cabin air can cause you to get dehydrated pretty easily. This is where your water bottle comes in handy.
- I also keep my face cream and hand moisturizer in my bag. Same reason as above.
- Get up and walk a lap down the aisle and stretch at least once every hour of your flight. It will help keep your ankles from swelling and will help with leg cramps.