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.
Do your workout
You got some time to kill while waiting at the airport. Use that time to walk as much as possible, regain some energy and health.
Your body will thank you later.
Don’t forget to drink a lot of water.
Drink an adequate amount of water
You might already know that about 60% of your body is water. So, drinking plenty of water is mandatory even if you are traveling. In this case, it is better to avoid sugary drinks and rely on pure drinking water as it is good for your health.
After arriving at the desired destination, you can have some green juices to regain the balance of your electrolytes. Moreover, you can have some sparkling water as well.
As we asked you to use your time at the airport to walk, we suggest you’ll keep your workout routine during the trip.
Go out for a run/walk or use the hotel gym. If that’s not an option, use apps to guide you on a short workout you can do in your room. Try to do this first thing in the morning if you can.
Search your apps store for training apps or see the following posts:
- These are our favorite apps for exercising at home if you can’t get to a gym
- The 7 Best Body Weight Exercise Apps for Fitness Anywhere
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.