Purchase your ticket as soon as possible. You’re likely to save a lot when you book early. The closer you are to your departure date, the higher the price. Sometimes, there is fare difference may range from between 10 to even 50%.
Unforeseen emergencies may arise at anytime and medical or hospital expenses can cost tourists a fortune. Emergency events are unpredictable and can happen to anybody. It is highly recommended for travellers to arrange travel insurance for themselves and their families; specifically, trip cancellation or emergency medical insurance. Remember, your provincial or states insurance will not cover you in international trip emergencies.
Make sure your travel documents are in order and your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your departure date. Keep your passport, e-ticket and other travel documents all together and put them somewhere you’ll always have access to, like your carry-on. Be sure to check if you need travel visa for the destination you’re visiting and also the stop-over countries. You can check this by going to the country’s authorized tourism website and checking their policy’s.
Check your ticket(s) a few times before your departure. Make sure your name exactly matches your name on your passport or travel documents. Also check to ensure your itinerary documents are all in place and in order; this includes your flight dates and departure and arrival times, especially if you have any transits, stop overs or any domestic flights. Due to current high airport and airline security, let your travel company know of any errors or mismatches as soon as possible. This will help you avoid any extra travel delays.
These days most airlines allow you to check-in online on their website 24 hours before departure. This is a good opportunity for you to confirm your ticket one last time and save time at the airport and avoid any surprises such as schedule changes. You can also assign your physical seats at this time at no charge. Some airlines allow you to assign your physical seat earlier than check in, but at an extra charge. For more information, check the airline’s website or contact your travel agent.
Don’t forget to print or download a copy of your boarding pass on your smart-device.
Last but not least, always check your flight online on the airline’s website 24 hours before the departure of every flight you get on to in case of any surprises, changes or cancellations.
Photocopy, scan and print, or take a photo of your travel documents. Keep the picture in your smartphone and also email it to yourself in case they are lost or stolen. Having copies of your travel documents will help you a lot with the police, embassy, airport and airlines. Take a picture of:
Make sure you have a standard-sized luggage and carry-on bag with or issues may arise at check-in time at the airport. Check the airlines website well before your departure to verify the allowed luggage weight/size or of any check-in luggage fees. Make sure you know the standard size of a carry-on bag and that you are not going beyond that. Contact your airline if you have any oversized luggage.
There are several rules and regulations on what airplanes allow in your carry-on so make sure you are aware of these items (i.e. liquid or sharp items) or airport security will ask you to remove them. Check online for airport and carry-on prohibited information.
Make sure to arrive early to airport, specially if you have luggage to check-in. Stay relax and calm n airport and in airplane. Cooperate with airline staff, custom and security. It is recommended to avoid high alcohol or joking with other passengers, airline staff, and securities. Just enjoy your flight and your trip.
It is a good idea to bring a good book or reading material (hard copy or electronic) with you, especially on longer flights because not all airlines provide in-flight entertainment. It is also recommended to bring head-phones and download music on your smart-phone to avoid the planes engine noise if it makes you uncomfortable. These will keep you busy on the flight or airport if any delays or changes occur.
In-flight entertainment (i.e. movies) are great if available, but make sure you don’t keep yourself up by watching them or you will be tired once you arrive at destination.
Take a power socket of 110V and/or 220V base on your electrical interface because some countries outside of North America have 220V electrical power with a different interface and can only be converted with an adapter.
Bring some snacks (i.e. nuts, dried fruit, energy bars) with you in your carry-on before you get to the airport. These will keep you from being hungry during meals on the airplane or if you don’t like their food over all. You will save some money by buying before as airports tend
Have enough water or juice during your flight will keep you hydrated particularly during lone ones. Drink less alcohol, coffee and tea, which may dehydrate you more and not allow you to sleep later on at your destination.
Although isles are very narrow in planes, try to get up and walk around one in a while. Stretch and exercise your legs and body to get your blood circulating so you don’t feel stiff and uncomfortable.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your flight. Stay away from tight clothes or high-heeled shoes, which may make your flight uncomfortable. Altitude will expand your feet so bring a comfortable pair of shoes based on your destinations weather. Some airlines offer comfortable socks or sandals in premium classes.
Airlines tend to keep cabins chilly, so make sure to have a light jacket, sweater or scarf to keep you warm just in case.
In order to feel energized and less sluggish once you arrive at your destination, try your best to get some sleep on your flight, especially if its long or overnight. Bringing with you a sleeping mask, travel pillow and earbuds will help you nap easier, cancelling out loud noise and light.
To find out some hacks to make your travel plans even more enjoyable at your destination, please refer to our article on How to make your travel enjoyable