When you’re flying for the first time it can feel a little bit stressful and daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be. To give you everything you need to enjoy your trip, we’ve picked the brains of some seasoned travellers who’ve been flying with their mates for years. Here’s the hints and tips they think you should know before you set off.
It’s normal to be nervous on the runway
There’s really nothing wrong about being nervous if you’ve never flown before. It may well be the safest way to travel, but it’s still a big thing to do if you’re new to it. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and take it one step at a time.
Delayed flights are nothing to worry about
If you find that your flight is delayed there’s no use worrying about it, just log on to a site like Flightright to see what your options are. They’ll be able to talk you through everything you need in terms of alternative flights, new routes, and compensation. Ideal if you want to take the stress out of that unexpected wait. Take a look at how they will help you find out the regulations for delayed flights in the EU, and then go somewhere in the airport for a cold drink.
Being organised is the key to feeling relaxed
If you want to enjoy your trip, being organised is the way to do it. That means arriving early has never been more important as it will allow you and your mate to take it easy if the queues are longer than expected, or a luggage belt breaks down and causes a logjam at security. The earlier you arrive, the less stress any unforeseen delays and complications will cause you.
Be patient and enjoy the ride
You’re not the only one who finds airports stressful, so be kind and understanding if you get stuck behind someone you think is a bit of a slowcoach. There’s nothing wrong with taking your time, relaxing, and just chatting with your mate as you stroll through departures.
Planning your luggage makes things so much easier
If you plan what you’re going to pack a day or so in advance by reading the luggage restrictions at home it really helps. Not only will it give you the peace of mind that you’ve not left anything important at home in a rush, it’ll also ensure you don’t put valuables and medication in the hold by mistake. Everything you need on you in an emergency needs to be safely packed in your carryon.
Proceed to the gate when you hear the announcement
Last but not least, make sure you listen to those monotonous airport announcements. They might sound like background noise, but they’re there for a reason. The last thing you want to do is become so relaxed in a lounge or bar that you and your mate miss your flights. It wouldn’t be the best way to start your getaway, would it now?