You awaken to a pleasant alarm with a smile on your face. Your first image of the day is that of your neatly packed suitcases awaiting those last minute items. Your car is waiting for you outside and your ride to the airport is pleasant. There is no traffic, there are no delays. Upon your arrival at your local major airport it seems that everyone is in the lightest of moods and just a pleasure to speak with. Everyone is helpful and no one’s child is screaming. They are smiling, laughing….you drift off to sleep and arrive at your destination. No bumps in the road.
Yeah right, that’s a dream! If you’ve travelled you are certainly aware of the nightmares that potentially exist within the hours that you travel. Do not fret, for there is good news! All one needs is a bit of information or tools, if you will, to make your travel day as less stressful as possible. If you’re escaping to paradise, why on earth would you want to start it off as a panic attack?
Have Your Documents in Order
There is nothing worse than arriving at your airport of departure and realizing that you did not bring the correct documentation required to go ahead. It would be wise to photocopy important personal documents. Your passport (first page with photo), credit cards (front and back) as well as health-insurance information are items to consider. Keeping these copies in your hotel room safe is an intelligent move in case of any loss or theft. It is much easier to replace these documents if you have photocopies. Back sides of credit cards will give you the phone number you would need to report the card stolen or lost. If you have photocopies of your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, health-insurance information and other important travel documents it will be must less of a pain to replace. If you were in the position where you needed to replace your passport in a foreign country you could simply visit the US Embassy and receive a replacement by providing your photocopy. Instead of having to track down your passport number and information you will be able to prove that you are in fact “you” and begin the replacement process. Keep a copy in your hotel room safe (if provided), leave a copy with someone at home and keep one on you. Don’t bring any credit cards that you don’t intend to use – only bring what you really need.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Technology these days allows us to perform for a lack of better words, miracles. There are Apps for that. Seriously, Airport Maps is an app that is available for many smart phones which allows you to have a map of your current airport literally in your hands. You’ll probably be able to find your gates faster and be aware of where the restrooms and baggage carousels are located. Take note of help desks as well as first aid, just to be ready.
I refuse to consider manners and common courtesy to be a dying art.
It is easy to become agitated and angry at staff when conditions prove to be a huge bump in your vacation road. Try to keep in mind that these are the people who are getting you to where you
want to be. The airport and airline staff work extremely hard to make sure things run as smooth as possible!
Please, thank you, excuse me – they are all great words to remember to say!
Do’s and Dont’s
- Do be aware of what liquids and items you can bring on board
- Don’t recline your seat without checking behind you first
- Don’t hog seats in the boarding areas
- Do bring travel sized hand sanitizer
- Don’t take up more overhead space than you need
- Do make use of the space below the seat in front of you
- Do wear slip on shoes – security won’t suck as bad!
- Don’t argue !
If you are going to some place beautiful, then act beautiful. It will pay off in the long run and make your vacations more enjoyable. Relaxation is the goal, right?