I have flown a lot in the past few years and thought I would pass along my top 5 airplane travel tips that I have learned over the years for those of you with future travel plans.
TIP 1: TAKE LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT
If you fly frequently, then you know it’s important to get comfortable waiting! And waiting…and waiting some more. In recent years I have spent countless hours sitting in terminals, on runways, and crashing in hotels because of flight cancelations. It’s never fun, but worse if you are not prepared. Of course if you travel for work then it’s likely you will always have things to do and can make good use of the down time. But even work gets old sometimes, so I stock my iPad with lots of movies, books and games to help pass the time. I also make sure I have a few magazines and a softback book for times when technology is not allowed, and my smart phone is loaded with music. Bottom line – you can never have enough entertainment.
TIP 2: BRING NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Frequent fliers know not to leave home without them! There is nothing worse than being on a plane for six hours with a wailing baby, an obnoxious couple loudly taking about their peanuts, or a nervous nelly who never stops talking. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy meeting people on planes, but for long flights being able to block out noise makes flying far more enjoyable.
TIP 3: BE NICE TO TERMINAL AND AIRLINE PERSONNEL
It always amazes me when some irate passenger takes out flight delays due to weather on a flight stewardess – like they have an ability to move clouds! On countless occasions I have witnessed passengers being rude to those working in terminals or on a flight for no good reason. To offset their negativity, I go out of my way to be nice to those working on my behalf and it always makes me feel good!
TIP 4: THANK YOUR PILOTS
I learned this lesson from my wife who always thanks the pilots when she exists a plane, and I have come to believe it’s a good practice. They are ultimately responsible for getting you from A to B safely, and when they do, thanking them is good karma! I have also found myself chatting with pilots before a flight and never miss an opportunity to thank them ahead of time for a smooth ride.
TIP 5: GET A WINDOW SEAT AND CONTEMPLATE THE WORLD BELOW
Rarely do I see passengers really looking out plane windows. I used to be one of them, always burying my head in a book or magazine and never taking the time to just quietly gaze out the window at the world below. It’s par for the course in our crazy-busy lives. But after I made an effort to do it more frequently, I realized I had been missing incredible sights! It’s also a humbling experience contemplating life at 35,000 feet!