Ten Ways To Avoid Airline Travel Hassles

Flying is not the pleasant experience it used to be. A great vacation can be ruined when you miss connections due to airlines getting off schedule, or when flights are cancelled, or when you arrive three days before your luggage arrives. To make matters worse, even when things go well, you are still cramped into tiny spaces and breathing air that can make you sick. Here are some tips on how you can make your trip more enjoyable, or at least more bearable.

  1. Whenever possible, book direct flights.
  2. When you can't book a direct flight, arrange to have plenty of time between connecting flights.
  3. If your trip is long, consider spending a night in a motel resting up in the destination where you would make your connecting flight. In other words, spread your journey out over two days.
  4. If visiting friends or relatives, consider sending your belongings ahead by mail or by UPS or FEDEX.
  5. Travel light. Carry only items you need. If you can avoid checking your bags you can avoid their getting lost.
  6. Save money. Carry your own snacks instead of buying overpriced meals enroute.
  7. If you can afford it, travel first class.
  8. Check travel magazines and the internet for the top-rated airlines for customer service. International airlines tend to be more comfortable than U.S. domestic airlines.
  9. If you have a tendency to get airsick, take Dramamine before taking off.

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