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Monday, June 7, 2010

How to Make Plane Travel Less Stressful

In this fast pace society it seems like everything is so rushed. Everyone wants what they want now and if they do not get what they want the person on the other end is going to get an ear full. 

In the same respect, when you don’t want things to move so fast they seem to stand at a complete hault altogether. This is the age we live in. With so many advances in technology you’d think the quality of life these days would move as smooth as a conveyor belt. As if we where indeed riding that conveyor belt so smoothly and efficiently to our various destinations, not a care nor worry, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

One of the most stressful situations a traveler has to endure these days are airports. It’s always the journey not the arrival that seems to matter these days. The long check-in lines, the extra fees, and the even longer TSA line. It’s enough to make the calmest person loose their cool. However, if you’re proactive you can make your next travel experience seem like a piece of cake. With a little knowledge and preplanning, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of the travel blues we’ve become all too familiar with.

You may not be a morning person, but when it comes to domestic flights the fact is, the early bird gets the worm and the first flight of the day is least likely to be delayed. So, when planning a domestic trip aim for as early as you can. Nothing puts a damper on your traveling experience then an unexpected blunder, so plan to start your day early.

Believe it or not your attire is also key for smooth sailing. Take a mental note of things you may be wearing that will set of the metal detector. That means watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. If you’re traveling to a warmer climate what you’re wearing may not be much of an issue. When you’re leaving a cold climate to go to a warm one or vice versa, this may be tricky. Whatever the case dress comfortably. As you go through TSA they will require you to take off jackets and sweaters as you walk through scanners, so to cut down time during this process try to dress lite. As for shoes, nothing slows you down then a pair of shoes with shoes strings. When traveling by plane wearing a pair of slip-ons will be your best bet.

Now that you have booked your ticket, it’s time to head to the airport. There’s a reason they tell you to arrive at least two hours early to the airport, you never know what you may have to encounter. Luckily, you’ve booked an early flight so the experience may not be so bad. When purchasing a ticket you can also opt to use internet confirmation so you can avoid slow ticket attendants and lines altogether. However, if you don’t, most airports will allow you to book yourself in which can also save you a lot of time. Do make sure to take advantage of this as it will save you from long lines as well. Then there’s the matter of luggage and it’s going to cost you to check it. It is a good idea to pack light if you can and if you’re really good at packing, having one bag that is a carry on would be a great advantage. Not only will you save money but you will avoid having to fight your way through the crowd at baggage claim.

As you make your way through the next process which would be the dreadful TSA line, make sure you have your ID and boarding pass readily available. This is not only a plus for you to be on your way, but a plus for many others filed right behind you. Thus, the end of the obstacle course and on to your destination.



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