It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling for personal or business purposes, air travel has the potential to be stressful. If you don’t have the option of using a travel agent in planning your itinerary, these simple steps will help you create a pleasant travel experience.
• Plan Your Trip In Advance When Possible
Begin planning your trip and reviewing travel dates by listing all possible departure dates and times. Jot down services that you will need, such as transportation, airports, lodging and parking.
• Consider Airline Reservation Options (Fares, Ticketing and Seating)
Keep in mind you will likely pay less for your flight if you have flexible travel dates, times, airlines and routes. Also, peak flights during holiday or Monday morning or Friday evening will typically cost more and may be harder to book depending on how much time you allow for scheduling. Therefore, consider off-peak flights that are not in high demand.
Tickets are typically issued after reservations have been paid and your itinerary will be sent to you by email or however you prefer when other options are available. The itinerary receipt will have the flight details with a unique ID used to identify your booking. All the details of your flight will be included such as the ticket number, baggage allowance, fare, surcharge, payment information, and conditions along with the rights of your booking.
There are typically some options available if you find yourself dissatisfied with your seat. Check online or contact the carrier as needed.
• Rental Car Reservations
For the best rental car rates check their websites first because they usually offer better deals here. In addition, online you will find the largest selection of websites for making rental car reservations.
• Hotel / Lodging Reservations
It might surprise you to hear hotels often offer their best on their own websites rather than other travel sites. Plus the hotel sites will often have tours to showcase the rooms and property. You may want to check the hotel site first but also compare the pricing you see with other travel websites to see if you are indeed getting the best deals. The Internet is a valuable resource for finding and comparing hotel rates.
• Airport Parking Reservations
It doesn’t matter if your travels will require short term or long term parking for your vehicle, having airport parking reservations is a sure way to eliminate the stress of looking for a parking place at the airport. In most large cities there are several off-site airport parking companies that are open daily 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. These parking lots usually have fenced lots with 24 hour surveillance and complimentary shuttle service. You can make reservations for these lots on their website and this is often where you’ll find the best rates on their websites.
Also, it’s important to check with your physician for tips on staying healthy while travelling. Consider things like avoiding jet lag, altitude sickness, leg circulation difficulties and other travel concerns. Health information for specific locations can be found at cdc.gov/ travel.
Confirm all reservations for peace of mind that everything is in place as planned. Jot down the dates you called about and the names of people you confirmed your reservations with.
Enjoy your air travels by eliminating the stress associated with poor planning and disorganization. Plan your air travels, and feel confident that your journey will be smooth and “stress-free.” To help you relax and enjoy the journey of your trip you might consider a travel pillow with eye mask and ear plugs. Also, you might find a neck wallet to hold essentials like airline tickets, hotel keys, medicines and other items during your trip helpful.