Tip 1: Book a flight early in the day.
The thought of getting to the airport before dawn may fill you with dread, but it may save a lot of inconveniences. Statistically, flights scheduled early in the day are less likely to be delayed or cancelled. Issues tend to build up throughout the day leading to delays, so setting that alarm super early may not be the easiest start to your holiday, but it could be worth it.
Tip 2: Make sure you’ve bought your currency in advance.
The airports are notorious for offering rip-off rates as they have a captive audience. Have your travel money organised before you travel. Order your currency online and have it delivered to your home. (we suggest selecting a delivery date at least 2 days before you travel to allow for delivery issues).
Tip 3. Think about a smooth security check.
By thinking about what you’re wearing you can help reduce queuing. Do you need to be wearing watches, belts, boots that are hard to take off and put on or anything with metal details on? Save yourself some time by considering your outfit and try not to choose items that you’ll certainly be asked to remove before you pass through the metal detectors. Save yourself some time by packing these in your luggage.
Tip 4. Check the allowances before your trip.
There are a few rules that consistently catch holidaymakers out, make sure you check the allowances for your flight or airline and have everything accessible and separated for security checks. Ensure you any liquids you are travelling with do not exceed the limits and keep the bottles accessible in a transparent plastic bag for inspection. Also, keep all electronics in an accessible place so you can remove them from your hand luggage for the security check.
Tip 5. Book with a flexible travel provider.
It’s impossible to predict what will happen, although we hope for the best, if the worst does occur, make sure your booking allows for flexibility, change, refunds or free cancellation.
Tip 6. Make sure your luggage is labelled.
The best way of avoiding lost luggage is to label your luggage properly and make it easy to identify. On the luggage tag, write your name, destination address, and, if possible, a phone number where you can be reached while travelling.
(Do not put your home address. Anyone seeing it will know it’s safe to break into your empty home while you’re away.)
We wish you safe and trouble-free travels this summer.
Have you travelled yet this summer? Do you have any top tips you think should be added to our list? Let us know!