Useful Travel Tips

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: November 15th, 2015

Moving places, traveling to another country on business or holiday etc. are instances in which people need to make certain choices about packing, luggage, means of transport and other such. In the case of moving house, choices boil down to which items are coming along, and which ones are getting left behind. Any man and van removal company will say that the lighter the load the slimmer the price. The same applies when traveling overseas – airlines will charge more for heavier bags. This is one of the fundamental rules of moving and traveling. There are however other clever tips and tricks that should make the trip there and back more manageable and less stressful.

Airplane-in-the-skyIf you are the travel guide type, instead of bringing a paperback copy of your favourite travel guide, opt for its online version if there is one. This will save room and weight in your luggage. If there is no option to follow your travel guide online, perhaps it would be a good idea to photocopy the pages you need and take them along instead of the whole heavy book.

When lining up for your flight check in (this one is a no brainer really, but still) do not line up at the queue with kids in it. Instead go where the ‘suits’ are. Queues with kids move at a frustratingly slow pace so don’t put a damper on your trip from day one.

Choose the right footwear for the trip – it is recommended to avoid wearing thongs and sandals on board a plane. God forbid something happens, your feet will be protected from heat and sharp objects if wearing a sturdy pair of shoes.

In case you don’t handle turbulence too well (as many other people don’t) there is a clever trick that should counteract the ill effects of choppy air current. The trick is to jiggle your body while the aircraft is experiencing turbulence. Jiggle just slightly – that’s all it takes. No one is going to notice as everyone will be bobbing up and down, side to side from the same patch of rough air. As odd as it sounds the jiggle trick works well in alleviating the effects of turbulence on the body.

If traveling long distance (and if you have the option) choose your seat mate carefully. If you don’t feel like socialising or becoming unwilling party in someone else’s conversation don’t sit next to groups of friends – the chatter won’t stop. Another one – if you don’t feel like getting up too many times, don’t sit next to women, no offence but ladies use the bathroom many more times than men do. Last but not least, if you prefer a quiet flight from A to B, by no means sit next to parent/s with young kids – that won’t be a good start to your trip.

One essential bit of advice – once off the flight you will likely want to drink all the water there is, but make sure the water where you are is drinkable. Many countries’ tap water is for washing only so save yourself the stomach aches.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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