50 ways to make travel happier
There are plenty of ways to improve any travel experience. Here we list an essential rundown of tips that will help you be a happy traveller!
1) Book flights intelligently
Weigh up price over convenience – arriving in the middle of the night or at rush hour has its drawbacks, as do overlays and doglegs. Consider what time you will have to get up to catch that 6am flight. Don’t make life hard for yourself.
2) Don’t obsess over miles
Focusing on how many points you earn can become addictive. Try flying a different airline, pay extra to stay in a hotel you really love – perhaps an unbranded boutique property – and remember that status isn’t everything.
3) Be organised
Poor planning can result in missed meetings and general confusion. Carry a detailed itinerary, keep documents in one place, and sync your smartphone with your desktop calendar.
4) Decide your own black-out dates
There are certain days of the year – birthdays and anniversaries in particular – when you might not want to travel. Mark these off in your diary and don’t book a trip that clashes with them. Make sure you are getting your priorities right.
5) Dress for the air
Get a made-to-measure crease-free suit (or wrap dress) so you still look sharp when you land.
6) Wear slip-on shoes
Don’t fumble with laces at airport security – invest in some quality slip-on loafers, deck shoes or pumps.
7) Invest in good underwear
Be comfortable at all times. Pack happy colourful socks.
8) Be punctual
There is little worse than rushing to an airport only to realise you have missed your flight. Build in enough time to get to meetings and departures on schedule. Set your alarm a bit earlier and don’t be over-optimistic about how many appointments you can squeeze into one day.
9) Use a mobile wallet
For those with Apple’s iOS 6 iPhone software, the Passbook app stores all your 2D-barcode enabled mobile boarding passes, cinema tickets, coupons, loyalty and reward cards in one place, and will even alert you when your flight is leaving. Lemon (Android, iOS and Windows Phone) and Google Wallet are other options.
10) Wake up gently
A blaring alarm clock or hotel wake-up call instantly puts you in a bad mood. Try downloading a piece of music, the sound of the sea or noises of the jungle to your phone and ease yourself into consciousness.