Our journey begins at the airports and it ends there as well. Check-in, boarding, security clearance, immigration – so much happens. And long queues don’t make any of this easier. Here are some tips which will help you navigate your way through the airport:
1. Travel mid-week:
Wednesday and Thursday are great days to fly. The flights are cheaper and airports are least crowded mid-week. This is the most hassle-free flying experience you’ll ever have.
2. Know your airport:
You should know more than just the location of your airport. Is it a small airport or a bigger busier one? What food options are available there? These questions are important. If it’s a smaller airport then you don’t need to get there too early. If the food court has limited options then grabbing dinner on the way would be a better idea. Doing a little research beforehand always comes in handy.
3. Dress simply:
Don’t wear too much jewelry or strappy shoes. The more complicated your shoes are, the more time you’ll waste on them at the security checkpoint. Don’t wear too many layers as you’ll be told to take those off for security check. Keep your sweater in your bag and wear it once you have been screened.
4. Arrive later, not earlier:
I know the golden rule always seem to be to arrive earlier everywhere you go but in this case, the later the better. Most people from your flight will have already checked in so you won’t have to stand in a long queue. Plus, if your luggage is placed under the plane towards the end of check-in, it will be among the first bags to come out!
5. Use airport toilet before you get on the plane:
I hate plane toilets just like anybody else. I don’t board the plane until I’ve first used an airport restroom.
6. Get some work done:
Most airports have free wifi so you can use your time sitting in the airport lounge getting some work done. You’ll be able to enjoy your flight more afterwards.
7. Set an alarm for boarding:
As a solo traveler, I like wandering through the airport, sometimes even going from one terminal to another. And if you’re in the habit of falling asleep in some corner of the airport then an alarm for boarding time really helps.
8. Don’t stand up for boarding as soon as they announce it:
The moment the announcement is made, everybody rushes to their feet and then continues standing in line for the next thirty to forty minutes. Nobody’s gonna take your seat so what’s the rush? Once the line thins out, board the plane and you will find yourself seated in no time.
9. Meeting an Immigration officer:
Keep your passport and other documents handy so you’re not fumbling – and keeping everyone waiting – when it’s your turn. Remember, this is not the time to show some sass. Answer what you’re asked and stay quiet. Smile but not too much. Don’t act creepy and you’re sure to get done soon.