A lot goes on at the airport such as:
- Endless security screening
- Flights getting delayed or cancelled
- Out of control children
- Unnecessarily loud people
It may not be in your power to control certain things that happen at the airport, but there are other things that you can control.
The following are things that you can do if you want to avoid travel related stress:
- Buy a holiday condo
Instead of booking into a hotel or vacation rental, buy your own condo that you can stay in every time you take a holiday.
If you own a holiday condo, you will not have to go through the stress of over packing. You can travel in peace knowing that your carry-on bag is the only luggage that you have on the plane.
Having one bag that you can carry into the plane will save you the time required to check in your luggage. It will also reduce the likelihood of your luggage getting lost.
- Use your phone as your guide
Smartphones are a good tool to have during travel and they are even better if they are loaded with the necessary applications. A few apps you should use are:
- Check-in app
A check-in app will help you check in ahead of time. You will receive your boarding pass via email or SMS. When you get to the airport, you can show the booking attendant the boarding pass on your phone screen.
- Parking app
You don't want to pack too far from the airport if you want to catch your flight on time. A parking app will guide you to the best parking spots within the airport.
- Gate guru
Gate guru or other similar apps will give updates about any changes or delays in flights or gate information. Gate guru will also allow you to navigate around the airport using airport maps.
With apps, you are assured that you will have a smooth flight.
- Make your security screening process easy
Wearing the wrong things can cause you a lot of unnecessary trouble at the airport. Observe the below and you will have an easier time when travelling:
- Avoid wearing anything metallic.
- If you are wearing shoes, make sure they are easy to take off and put on.
- Wear pants that don't need a belt.
- Keep your laptop close at hand as it will need to be screened separately.
- Carry any lose items in a separate bag such as a tote bag.
- Keep your documents separate from your other stuff.
- Avoid standing in line
Online check-in is a great service to take advantage of if you don't like having to wait in line.
If you use online check-in, make sure you don't have any luggage that needs to be checked in. However, if you have luggage, use curbside check-in.
Though curbside check-in has a fee, it's better to pay a fee than to stand in a line for endless hours. Some might consider this an unnecessary cost. However, since you are planning a luxury vacation, spending a little extra will ensure your comfort is worth the while.
The more you stand in line, the more fatigued, grumpy and irritable you will become.
- Get expedited security screening
Getting through security screening faster is something every traveler wishes to have. TSA (Transportation Security Administration) have now made it possible for you to go through faster screening at select airports.
If you have never been in any trouble with the law, reside permanently or are a citizen of the United States, you can apply for the program at a fee of $85. If successful, you will be issued with a known traveler number (KTN) and you can use this number when booking your flight.
If you have a family, the cost of applying into the program will be high. Consider spreading the total cost over a couple of months so that your whole family can enjoy going through security easily.
- Be mentally prepared for delays
Being mentally prepared for airport situations that are not within your control will keep your holiday mood up. You can prepare in the following ways:
- Have some money to spend on a drink or snack at an airport cafÃ© while watching some TV.
- Do some light shopping at the duty free shops.
- Listen to some uplifting music on your phone.
- Read a book.
- Grab a corner seat in the boarding area and catch a snooze.
By doing the above 6 things, your trip will be a pleasant one and you will arrive at your destination charged for your holiday.
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