Transportation, whether for business or for pleasure, can be very stressful. Flying, above all, carries its own subtle tensions. However, enjoying a flight can be very easy as long as you observe certain basic guidelines. These guidelines can help inexperienced travelers as well as the more experienced.
1. Allow for Unanticipated Changes
The first major consideration is to ensure the you’ve allowed for changes in your itinerary.
A strict travel plan can wreak havoc on the unsuspecting traveler when mother nature comes to visit. Weather is a key part of air travel and even the most mild of thunderstorms can delay a flight enough that connections can be missed. This fact, coupled with a lack of options for a missed connection can leave you with a negative feeling towards air transportation, not to mention, stuck in a terminal far from their intended destination.
This can be mitigated if a direct flight is available, and direct flights are always encouraged as they are typically the cheapest option. Cheap flights are always a stress reducer, so doing a good amount of research to find the lowest fare will always serve to lower your tension. Relaxing during a long flight knowing that the lowest fare was achieved, and funds are available for the itinerary interruptions, is a major stress reducer.
2. Pack Light
The second big consideration is to pack light. Airlines have begun to add certain charges for luggage, so be advised to check with your individual airline carrier for their baggage instructions. Whatever you pack in their carry-on may also be inspected. So to reduce the tension of the safety inspection, take the least amount of carry-on luggage as feasible. Anything that can be packed away in the checked luggage, should be (unless of course you aren’t checking any bags).
If you’re flying with a group, or the you or your traveling companions are inexperienced, remember to increase the pre-flight time. Nothing is more stressful than to arrive at the airport with even five people and having to run to catch a plane. Parking, baggage check-in, ticket counter, security inspections, and pre-flight boarding all take time, and so much time is lost just keeping a group together.
If small children or infirm passengers are present, most airlines grant special considerations to assist in boarding the aircraft. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance, as the flight crews are prepared for these situations are more than happy to assist.
Once the aircrew has begun boarding, locate you seat assignment and stow your personal belongings. Only a certain amount of time is allotted for boarding, so it may seem rushed. Once seated, buckle up, sit back, and listen to the safety briefing. Most fears can be allayed through understanding of procedures if an emergency should occur.
Passengers should have the confidence in knowing that they have done everything to prepare for the flight ahead. Proper planning, time allowance, booking the cheap airfare, and remembering to pack light will ultimately lead to the ability to sit back, go “wheels up”,and enjoy the flight.