You don’t want to be the person who misses their flight because they had a rough night out the night before. Or, worse yet, you don’t want to be that person who has their luggage lost by an airline and then has to go buy clothes before taking off on vacation. Yes, it’s true that we can’t always control what happens when we travel but there are some mistakes that people make time and again which often leads to a less-than-first class experience.
So if you’re looking for 10 ways to travel this year but save yourself from any number of headaches or inconveniences, read on!
- Plan ahead and book your flights well in advance, so you don’t have to worry about paying for them on the spot. If possible, try not to travel during rush hour or a holiday. This way there won’t be as many delays. Also, make sure that if you’re checking luggage at the airport to do it online and possibly have it mailed directly home.
- If you’re traveling with children, pack a bag for them before the trip so they don’t need to worry about packing when they get there or on their way out of town. This will help make things much easier for everyone involved in the family as well if someone needs to stay behind for work.
- If you’re traveling with a pet, there are certain things that should be done in advance of the trip as well. This way everything will go smoothly and keep pets happy on the road!
- Check your airline’s check-in policy before going through security at all airports so that you have time to get any luggage checked.
- This is a good time to mention that if you’re traveling with liquids, make sure they are in containers of 100 milliliters or less and not packed together. Some airports will have different requirements for what’s allowed so be careful!
- If your bag has been lost by an airline, make sure you get a claim number ASAP. This way they’ll be able to track it down more quickly and will also know what to do if they find your bag too late for check-in or at the gate, etc.
Traveling By Car
- If you’re traveling by car, make sure that there are enough seats for everyone. This way you won’t need to worry about paying for child seats or getting pulled over because your car doesn’t have enough room.
- There are many unavoidable pitfalls associated with traveling by car. One such mistake is the lack of a good understanding of how to use your vehicle’s tire pressure gauge. Another is not having an emergency kit in your trunk-handy for roadside emergencies like dead batteries and flat tires, problems that can be prevented with the simple organization. Driving at night without headlights is another common mistake, as it makes you more vulnerable to an accident.
- If your vehicle gets stuck in snow or mud and leaves a clear trail behind you, the other drivers will be able to see where you are going. Another common error when driving at night is forgetting to turn off headlights after they’ve been a used-a signal that it’s safe to pass.
Traveling By Flight
- If you’re flying with a pet, make sure that they are in the cabin of the plane and not checked as baggage. If it is an animal on the no-fly list then this will not be an option.
- If you get stuck in a long line at security, make sure to remain calm and not let the situation escalate into something more serious. This way it won’t take as much time for everyone involved!
- Some common mistakes people make while traveling by flight are forgetting to bring a toothbrush, not packing enough food and water, or only bringing things that will need refrigeration. These items can be bought at the airport however this may incur an extra cost. Other commonly forgotten items include medicines such as motion sickness pills, sun protection lotion, and insect repellent.
Traveling By Train
- Mistake: not knowing the schedule for your train.
Solution: get to know the schedules and find out which trains have seats available.
- Mistake: not knowing how to prepare or ask for your ticket.
Solution: make sure you have a photo ID, and be prepared with any credit cards necessary (including PIN numbers).
- Mistake: forgetting about extra fees that might apply while traveling by train.
Solution: be aware of what you need to pay, and make sure that your train ticket includes these fees.
- Mistake: not packing the right supplies for a long journey by train.
Solution: pack some food and water – in particular, bring snacks so you don’t get hungry or thirsty while onboard!
Traveling By Ship
- Pack comfortable clothes – remember that there will be long periods where you are not able to leave the cabin so make sure these clothes are practical for both in and out of the cabin.
- Take a headlamp or reading light with you – it is likely that the cabin will not have lights on most of the time so having access to your own source of illumination can be very helpful.
- Be aware of your surroundings when you disembark – at times the sea can be rough so make sure to hold on tight! Finally, if you have any other thoughts or tips about traveling by ship please share them below in the comments section.
We hope that these tips are helpful and will help keep your travel experience as enjoyable and problem-free as possible!
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