Adjust To Your Destination Time Zone
If you’re traveling to a destination with a different time zone than yours, use the flight to adjust.
I mean that if you land in the early morning, try to sleep on the flight for few hours. If you arrive at night time, try not to sleep on the flight, so you’ll be tired and ready to sleep when you come to the hotel.
Remember to adjust your watch when you arrive or during the flight.
If you use a smartwatch/smartphone, they’ll probably adjust automatically or display 2 timezones when you lend and connect to a local currier.
Ask For A Child Discount
Asking for child discounts can really save you a lot of money during your trip. Most people are not aware of these, or they don’t feel comfortable asking, but give it a try, and you’ll be surprised when you see how many places will give you a child discount when you’re traveling.
Some restaurants and other locations may publish their prices and kids’ policies online on their website, but there is usually no mention of a discount. You have nothing to lose by simply asking.
Either send a quick email ahead of time or ask when you’re buying tickets at the location.
Ask for discounts on:
- Attraction entrance fees
- Transportation including buses and trains
- Private tours and guides
The more popular locations and cities will offer a large variety of coupons you can find online. Give it a try.
The same tip we gave about the airport employees apply with hotel employees – be nice. Make a good impression and be pleasant at check-in, including the bellboy helping you with your car or opening the door for you to the person helping you at the front desk. Doing so might pay off later. You might get good treatment throughout your stay, exceptionally if you’re requesting an upgrade.
Being nice will make you feel better even if you won’t get any special treatment. It just feels nice to smile. Why won’t you give it a try right now 🙂
Buy a small treat for the flight crew
How about buying a small treat for the flight crew? Does it sound like a crazy or ridiculous idea? Well, you can bring a huge difference to the entire trip simply by having something to share with the flight attendants. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars in this case. For instance, buy a large bag of candy for them and yourself. That will fix everyone’s mood, and this is particularly useful when you are facing a delayed or packed flight.
Simply be nice to the crew. Say hello when you get on the plane, ask them how was their day. It’s that simple.
Check For More Than One Option
Some business travelers might be on some restricted budget plans, and they want to check for coach class flights only. Yes. It makes perfect sense. However, when it comes to holidays, the number of business travelers can be small.
As a result, the price of the business class can drop significantly. For instance, some airlines can face a lack of performance on some routes or during particular times of the year. Under such cases, you might be able to buy tickets for a significantly lower price. So, checking for all the options available is a very smart option.
You must check in for the flight either online or using the respective airline’s app. Then, get a hard copy of your boarding pass before you arrive at the airport. That will help you stay on track. As a result, you might be able to skip the check-in procedure and present at the security straightaway.
Yes, you can probably use your smartphone instead of a hard copy, but in that case, as much as we try to reduce the use of paper, a hard copy might be a better idea.
On your business trip, you have to be at your best. This is not the time to go wild and eat comfort food all day. Keep your health routine, avoid unhealthy restaurant foods, go for salads, keep the dressing on the side, don’t go wild on events, just keep things as if you were home.
It’s the case for any time and any trip, but more important if you have many business trips.
Do some stretching before getting into a new flight
Your muscles get strained and tired when you sit for an extended period during the flight. In some cases, you may not even realize how tired you are. So, it is always better to do some stretching between your flights to make things easier.
Remember you have a long flight with a lot of settings, even if you fly business.
Get A Free Tour At The Airport
Don’t waste your time at the airport waiting at the gate. Many airports provide free tours for passengers:
- Seoul’s Incheon International Airport – choose from a variety of tours to temples, markets, or even a cave.
- Changi Airport – You can take free tours of Singapore.
- Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines offers free Istanbul tours for flyers stopping at the airport.
Use your time wisely, and enjoy the free benefits.
Get ready to pamper yourself
The flight is probably the most challenging part of the trip. It’s hard to sit in a crowded seat for a long time, sometimes in a noisy surrounding with compressed air. Have your book/Audiobook, movies, music, or any other hobby to pass the time. Try to pamper your body the best you can. If you’re a Germaphobes, bring your hand sanitizer and your own travel pillow. Remember that you can’t have large liquid bottles on the flight so that you can get hand sanitizer wipes.
Does sitting too long causes you to tight muscles or leg cramps? In that case, consider bringing a tennis ball to roll out the tight muscle.
Frequent travelers might consider investing in a pair of compression socks to increase blood flow during such long periods of immobility.
Pack items that help you sleep, such as a pillow, headphones, and eye mask.
Go social media
Social media is exceptionally popular these days. It has become one of the fastest ways to grab the attention of customer service representatives regardless of the industry. If you have missed a connection or got bumped, you can use Twitter to catch the respective airline company’s attention. This is a much easier way compared to sending emails or calling them. Also, a tweet can grab attention quickly, and you are likely to get an answer quickly with this method.
If you’re looking for places to travel or eat, try more visual social networks, such as Instagram.
Have Entertainment Available
When you’re traveling with kids, keeping them entertained is critical, especially on long flights, waiting at the airport, standing in long lines, or when having a long car ride. It can make the difference between a great trip and a miserable one.
Entertainment doesn’t necessarily mean a smartphone, although a smartphone is a great option when traveling. Depending on their age, here are some great options to consider:
- Electronics – a phone, music player, tablet are great ways to pass the time.
- Journal – let them draw or write a travel journal. It’s a great way to enrich the trip and an amazing souvenir.
- Card and board games – you can buy the games you know and love in traveling versions (small, magnetic, special packaging).
- Road Trip Games – check out our guide of road trip games you can play when driving or have free time.
- Dolls they love
- Make sure to have chargers, headphones, spare/backup batteries, adaptors.
- If you take electronics, don’t count on WIFI or mobile plans. Make sure to download the apps, music, movies, or TV shows to the device before your trip. You never know when you’ll be without Wi-Fi, and it’s almost guaranteed your kids will desperately need a new app or episode when that happens.
When traveling with kids, make sure always to check the regulations of the countries you are traveling to. Some might require additional documents or paperwork when crossing the border.
Most times, a passport should be enough, but some countries require you to show your kid’s child certificate to prove you’re the child’s parent, especially when traveling without your child’s other parent.
Different countries may require different documents. For example:
- Birth certificates
- Copies of birth certificates
- Notes from the child’s non-present parents
- Other documents, especially if you travel with minors who are not your child
Frequently, the documents will need to be notarized and available in both English and your destination language.
You might have already been traveling to places that require special documents and passed border control without presenting anything. This doesn’t mean it will be the same the next time you travel there, so make sure you got what’s required.
It might be relevant to your country of origin. In that case, you don’t want to get caught without the documents you need to get your kids back home from vacation.
Luggage Fragile Stickers
If you have any breakable items in your luggage, it’s better to put a “FRAGILE” sticker on the bag or suitcase. We can’t promise, but we can hope that this will make the baggage handlers avoid tossing your luggage. Some buy the stickers in advance, but you should know that in most airports you can get a free “FRAGILE” sticker at most airline check-in counters.
If you’re not sure if the airport offers free stickers and you don’t want to take a chance, buy the stickers in advance.
Make Them Partners
If your kids are large enough, let them help with the planning of the trip. If they’re too small, keep them engaged and explain the journey ahead of time.
Making them partners can help in many ways:
- It helps them grow and learn responsibility.
- Read, research, and choose.
- Learn teamwork.
- Learn about where they’re going ahead of time, let’s them study about its history, things to do, what to expect.
If your kids are not used to travel, trips have a lot of new things going on. The preparation and the trip can make them feel uncomfortable, which will ruin the trip for everyone.
If they’re too young, go over the trip plan with them. Show them pictures, a map with the trip plan and places you’ll go, explain the agenda at a high level. All these steps will help them know what to expect.
You can even let them prepare their own trip plan using our Trip Planner For Kids, based on the places you discussed. Use it during the trip to let them know where they are according to the plan.
Remember that the airport and the flights, staying in a new “house”, riding a new car and eating new types of food are all part of the plan.
If they’re older, let them pick the activities they want to do, at least for part of the trip. Take this opportunity to go over your expectations for their behavior during the trip.
Make your kids part of the trip right from the start. It will result in a happier trip for everyone. Give them options of activities to choose from.