Are you planning on traveling this spring? Spring is a wonderful time to travel because you receive cheaper rates than summer but still get to enjoy the warm spring weather and sunshine. While you won't be dealing with the frequent flight delays brought on by snowy winter weather, there are still many factors that can hinder your travel experience. There are many parts of the travel experience you can't control, such as crowded airports, long security lines and cramped plane seating, but there are many steps you can take to make your experience stress-free and pleasurable. To ensure you have a pleasant travel experience this spring, follow our travel tips:
- Choose the right luggage – When traveling, choosing the right luggage can make all the difference. Make sure you are using a suitcase and carry-on bag that’s lightweight, durable and flexible. At the airport, you'll likely have to move through crowds of people, so it's best to have a bag that's easy to maneuver. Consider using luggage from the top luggage brands in the travel industry, such as Skyway, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Timbuk2, and Wenger. These leading brands create luggage designed with the frequent traveler in mind. Their luggage is extremely lightweight and robust and features superior mobility so you can easily pull your bag through even the tightest spaces. They also have spacious compartments where you can pack and organize all your belongings.
- Leave Early – To ensure you are allowing yourself enough time at the airport, it’s best to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. This provides enough time for you to check in, make it through security, grab a bite to eat and find your gate. If you don’t allow yourself plenty of time, you'll be more likely to leave behind important items you need for your trip, which will only make you feel more stressed. To speed up the check-in process at the airport, you should check-in online. Most airlines let you check in 24 hours before the flight and also allow you to pre-pay for your baggage. That way, all you have to do is show your boarding pass and place your bag on the scale before you're on your way.
- Make copies of your travel documents – Have you ever arrived at the airport to find out you forgot your important travel documents, such as your itinerary and hotel information? To avoid freaking out if this were to occur, it's best to make copies of your travel documents. Scan all the documents you need for your trip, including your license and/or passport and flight information, and save the files in your email or to a specific folder on your phone. Also print out hard copies and store them in your carry on. By doing this, you have everything you need should you forget or misplace them during your trip.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes – Unless you have to head to a business meeting right when you land, you should dress comfortably. You're going to be spending a lot of time in the airport and sitting on the plane, so wear shoes and clothes you feel comfortable wearing for a few hours. Also remember, you're going to have to take your shoes off at security so choose shoes that are easy to take on and off.