How to Travel Like a Pro
This time of year the travel bug always seems to bite me. I think it has something to do with being inside more and looking at my past travel pictures, but I’m still not quite sure.
I love traveling (as I think most people do), but traveling can be hard. Traveling can take its toll on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. As an ex-flight attendant, I’m here to help guide you through traveling as easily and comfortably as possible!
Google Flights is your best friend
If you have preset days you know you want to travel and you know where you want to go, search for those dates and airports on Google and set an email alert. This will email you every time the prices go up or down. I have found my best success with this roughly 6-8 months out, but there are often last minute deals for the spontaneous types out there.
Know what day you want to travel, but don’t know where you want to go yet? You can search for just the travel dates and leave the airport portion empty. Sort by price and you will find the cheapest flights for that date. It’s a pretty cool tool.
Make yourself comfortable on long flights
I could write an entire article on things that make traveling more comfortable from a luxury standpoint, but for now I’ll just stick with the basics. Invest in a good travel pillow. I cannot stress that enough.
I have a really hard time sleeping on planes, so unless I’m lucky and end up on an empty row, I need a quality pillow. I’ve tried a few, and I’ve found that I need a taller pillow so that my head doesn’t drop and move all over the place. I currently have my eye set on this inexpensive but super comfortable pillow.
I also like to take compression socks with me on longer flights, because they help reduce swelling and make my feet feel better to walk a lot on once we land. These socks are my personal favorite because they are freaking cute and they come in different pack sizes if you only want one or two pairs.
Also, you’ll probably need soft ear plugs. Some planes I’ve been on will provide these, while others haven’t. It’s sort of hit-and-miss, but I like being prepared just in case. Try these ultra soft ear plugs.
Keep your suitcase size and weight reasonable
If I could check my bag free of charge every time I fly, I definitely would. That being said, if you can’t check a bag you need to start packing strategically. Not only will you have limited space to buy things and bring them back from your travels, but you’re also going to need to make sure it will fit on the plane.
Some planes are smaller than others, so just because your suitcase fit on another plane does not mean it will fit on every plane you need to get on. Double check carry on sizes before you get to the airport.
The other thing I see happen too often is carry-ons that are too heavy for the traveler to lift themselves. If you can’t lift it, don’t bring it on a plane. Flight attendants are trained to not lift passengers’ baggage, so if they do, they’re being nice.
Be kind to everyone
Traveling is stressful. Even your flight crew wants to get where you’re going in a quick and safe manner. There are so many external factors that go into when a plan can take off and any delays that may happen, so 99.9% of the time your flight crew has zero control over when/how/if you get to your destination on time.
Everyone you encounter on your journey deserves to be treated with respect. If you are frustrated with something, please let your flight attendant or gate agent know! But you can express your frustrations without yelling at or insulting them, and usually that will make things go quicker and easier for you and the workers.
That’s all I have for this time. If you would like more specific information on travel products I have used or more insider information, let me know in the comments below!
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