Ah, the holiday season. It’s one of the happiest, and the most stressful, times of the year. As a pilot, I’m all too well-acquainted with crowded airports and delayed flights around this time of year. In fact, sometimes my airline will use an Android spy program on my company-issued phone to keep track of where I am. It’s hard to keep up when things get so hectic. That’s why I’ve written up a few travel tips to keep in mind around the holidays. Whether you’re visiting your significant other or your family, I promise you’ll have a more relaxing trip if you follow my advice.
There are countless apps out there, from Android spy software to blogging platforms. Did you know that you can actually compare airline prices by using a few different apps? Popular travel and booking sites like Kayak, Expedia, and Travelocity are easy to use and usually have their own mobile apps, too. That means you can find the best prices on flights and hotels, no matter where you are.
Avoid The Bigger Airports
Let me tell you – there are few things more chaotic than navigating JFK International Airport right before Christmas. I wouldn’t wish that fate on my worst enemy. It’s no wonder why my coworkers usually can’t find me unless they use an Android spy app to track my phone. So if possible, see if you can fly to a smaller or more local airport. This will help you not only avoid crowds, but also delays. That’s because flight delays are much more common at larger airports, too.
Take A Carry On
We’ve all heard the horror stories associated with checked baggage. Sometimes things are missing, other times they’re broken, or the entire suitcase is just nowhere to be found. You can prevent all this craziness by packing light and using a carry on bag instead. They’re usually cheaper to take compared to check bags for most airlines, too. If your bag isn’t quite big enough for everything, just focus on bringing the essentials. Worst case scenario, you can always buy toiletries or anything else you need when you get to your destination.
Save yourself some time – and grief – by packing your itinerary the night before your flight. You can check into your flight a full 24 hours before it departs and print out your boarding pass at home. Some airlines even offer mobile boarding passes, too – just take a screenshot of it in case your phone doesn’t have service when you arrive at the airport. Aside from your boarding pass, you should have your photo ID and passport (if you’re traveling internationally) on hand and ready to go. Otherwise, you risk accidentally leaving something at home and only finding out once you’re at the airport.