Sometimes traveling can cause stress as people commute hundreds of kilometers through busy roads and navigate bustling airports. People who seldom travel may find the process daunting or even intimidating. They’re also less likely to know cost-cutting shortcuts and hacks.
Let’s take a look at four things every travel veteran knows to make your next trip smoother.
Drive Yourself to the Airport
A new transportation model has done to the airport Uber what Uber did to cabs. Now it’s cheaper to drive yourself to the airport in your own car when you find a platform that lets you leverage existing parking spots beside the airport.
You can find airport parking deals at Montréal Trudeau and other major airports across North America that cost a fraction of what the airport itself charges. Book the spot online at least a night in advance and show the reservation to the attendant upon your arrival.
Finally, board the free shuttle to your terminal. Some platforms offer reward points for returning customers, making an already cheap method of travel even less expensive.
Dress Comfortably and Smartly
Nobody wants to be uncomfortable during a long flight, but it’s also nice to step off the plane in clothes fashionable enough to look good on the town or in a business meeting. Today’s commuter clothes accomplish both.
The fabric will wick sweat away and retain its shape over hours, so you’ll smell and look fresh after a big journey. They also have advanced stretchy fabric that gives you room to breathe and feels great on your skin.
Many of the clothes also have secure pockets that zip up, so you can relax knowing your wallet and passport are safe.
Bring What You Need from Home
Most airports sell better food and products than they used to, but it’s usually over-priced, and the selection is limited. Nobody knows what you like to eat and use for entertainment better than you do.
Bring a snack or no-fuss meal to the airport that meets all your criteria for nutrition, flavor, allergies, and portion size. Don’t forget to bring the book or magazine you’re reading or download a movie you’ve always wanted to see before the flight.
Packing wisely can save you money and stress. Try to fit everything you’ll need for the trip into your carry-on luggage, so you can sidestep check-in fees and luggage carousel lines.
Keep one bag close at hand for anything you’ll want on the plane, like something to eat, read, or watch. Try to place the other bag in an overhead bin in front of your seat, rather than behind. That way, when the plane touches down, you won’t have to backtrack in a crowded aisle or wait for people to deboard to get your belongings.
Traveling is a part of the journey in and of itself, but it can be expensive and anxious when you’re new to it. Keep these four travel tips in mind, and your next trip will be smoother all around.