How to Make Your Flight the Best Experience Possible
If you are an avid traveler, then you must know what it’s like to take flights all over the world. While flying is convenient to get from city to city, it can also be stressful and exhausting. No matter where you choose to fly, it’s likely that you will be physically drained at the end of the flight. However, there are many ways to reduce the amount of stress and fatigue by preparing ahead of time for the ride. Here are a few tips to help you make your flight the best experience possible. Bon voyage!
Plan ahead. Weeks—even months—beforehand, make sure that you have all the necessary items (airplane tickets, passport, luggage, etc.) prepared. Book your flight early, if possible, and have your items packed and ready to go at least a few days in advance. Checking to make sure that everything is in place will make your traveling experience more manageable and less of a headache.
Arrive early to check in. Especially if you are planning for an overseas flight, make an effort to arrive two to three hours beforehand at the airport, in order to check in, go through security, and other administrative procedures. Lines tend to be long, particularly if your airport is a major flight stop. Arriving in advance will not only give you enough time to go through security, but also save you plenty of stress in case it takes you longer than expected.
Select your seats wisely. If you are able to choose your seats beforehand, try to select one that will be best for your flight. For instance, it might be better to sit in the aisle seat for longer, overseas flights, while for shorter ones, the window seat might be optimal. In any case, finding the better seat depending on your flight will help you feel more at ease. After all, it’s going to be a long trip, so you might as well get comfortable!
Eat and sleep well. Depending on where you’re headed, eating and sleeping will be very important activities to get adjusted to before you land. While it might seem optimal to skip eating or sleeping at the moment, it is actually better to eat and sleep while in flight. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Choosing not to eat anything for fear of nausea will make you hungry, which can actually contribute to nausea. Not sleeping and instead staying up to watch in-flight entertainment isn’t a good idea either, for it ends up leaving you extremely tired by the time you arrive at your destination.
It’s best to follow your eating and sleeping habits while on the airplane to ensure that you will feel less exhausted and lethargic once you land!
Adjust to local time. A few hours before landing, set your watch to the destination’s local time. If you arrive early in the morning, make an effort to stay awake: go out and do some sightseeing. If you arrive at night, make an effort to sleep, even if you aren’t tired. The sooner you try to adjust to the local time, the quicker the jetlag will subside. More importantly, you will have more time to go out and have fun on your travels!