Perhaps the only part of travelling that none of us looks forward to is all that bothersome transitioning between A and B. We come from A. A is home. A is cozy. We’re looking forward to B because B is exotic and new and fun. We even look forward to getting back to A while we’re gone. But in between? That’s the part that ruins everything. …
Many people only take one big vacation per year. That puts a lot of pressure on the vacation to be a standout success. So, we plan. We research. We buy up foreign currency (see exchange rates at exiap.com for help with that). We read about what to expect from our chosen destination and we arrange for some kind individual to water our plants. But then the day comes: the airport.
The airport is a mixed bag. First, you see some people waving off loved ones with a tear in their eye, and you get to see other people exclaiming gleeful cries of joy at the sight of their returning family. All of which is quite cool if you’re into people watching. So, you walk through the airport doors feeling like you’re a small part of an ‘international traveller’ in-crowd, and you’re faced with a departure board announcing “check in delayed” due to some issue or other.
WHY? It happens almost every time. Flight delayed with no explanation. How hard can it be? Was it a surprise to them that you’d turn up today, ticket in hand? Sigh. Well, it’s inevitable, so let’s look at a couple of brief tips on how to travel comfortably by plane.
People tend to travel in the clothes that will benefit them once they land. However, when you land you’ll be heading straight to the hotel. There will be no delay on this, you will be let off the plane and you will get in a car or a bus or take a taxi or the train straight to your accommodation. You don’t need comfortable clothes for that part. You need comfortable clothes now.
The premier lounge
It’s called different things in different places, but this air-conditioned lounge with room to sit down is worth the extra money. If your flight is delayed, you deserve better than sitting on a floor while you wait.
Portable electronics charger
Ever tried spending eight hours in an airport with flat batteries? Want to start now? Very affordable portable chargers can carry around eight chargers, ideal for keeping you fully charged and entertained (or working) during those long flight delays.
Lip balm and water
Depending on the day, just about any airport in the world can be swelteringly hot or a little bit chilly … take along lip balm and water to make sure you stay comfortable.