Flying has long ago become an integral part of our lives – making the world smaller and more reachable, it forever changes the way we perceive distances and time. Whether you are flying to Waikiki diving or to professional business conference you will definitely need to spend at least a couple of hours in plane. Nevertheless, even though this method of transportation has been around for about a century, a lot of people still have problems making use of it. Here are some lifehacks that will make your next flight more enjoyable and less frustrating.
1. Book Morning Flights
If you are prone to airsickness, it will be a really good idea to keep your flying to morning hours when it is possible. There is no mystical reason for it – it is simply the matter of difference of temperatures. Hotness during the day is not caused directly by the sun – firstly it heats up the ground, and then it gives the heat to the air immediately above it. As a result, it is always hotter close to the ground and gradually gets colder as the plane climbs higher. In the morning the ground is less hot than in the middle of the day, which means less difference in temperatures on different altitudes and thus less violent turbulence.
2. Sit by the Wings of the Plane
One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out: most tilts that the plane suffers from will be along its axis, which passes through its wings. If you are close to it, it will help you keep this tilting to a minimum. And the more stable your position is, the less is the likelihood of motion sickness.
3. Try not to Check Bags
If you can avoid it, don’t check your luggage – the majority of negative experiences while flying are caused by problems with getting your bags back after checking them. Something will almost inevitably be broken, something will be lost, something will end up in Kuala Lumpur (with the exception of this one time you actually fly there). So, if you can help it, don’t create additional problems for yourself and travel light. Or, if you cannot avoid it, know everything about checking your luggage before you try it.
4. Bring an Extra Power Pack
There is hardly anything worse than finding yourself on board of a 10-hour flight with the battery of your e-reader, iPad or other device getting low. Taking into account that the majority of modern devices are not all that good at keeping charge in general, it is a good idea to have a good power pack handy.
5. Discover the Route of Your Flight
Before you actually choose a flight to use you may find it helpful to observe all the flights going to your required location in near future using a service independent from any particular airlines, such as flightaware.com. This way you will be able to find how long it takes to get there, how many flights there will be to choose from, when they are leaving and so on – and this information won’t be biased.
6. Buy Tickets on Tuesday and Early Wednesday
Airfares fluctuate all the time – and there are days when the prices are considerably lower. According to Studday, the best time to book a ticket is late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The reason is simple: most price jumps happen on Friday, then airlines look if their competitors follow suit, drop prices on Monday – and again, wait for others to react. So Tuesday is the best time to book, because all who were going to lower their prices have already done so.
Traveling is an entire art in and of itself, with a lot of tricks that come with experience; hopefully these tips will help you next time you travel by air.
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