Everyone deserves a great flight. You can competently handle whatever comes your way when you know what to expect and know your options.
You can fly with no hassle! From buying a ticket to packing, from choosing a seat to handling the common problems like lost luggage and cancelled flights, you will be smooth and stress-free like a pro.
You can have a comfortable and healthy flight and be ready to start the day with enthusiasm in your destination.
It’s actually easier than you think; the travel industry has developed protocols and customs which have spread everywhere. Surprisingly, a third world country can have a nicer airport than some in the US. Restrooms, snack and magazine-sellers, boarding routines and baggage pick-up will be identical almost anywhere in the world. Credit cards work all over the world.
This book covers buying tickets online, how to pack so you sail uneventfully through the TSA airport security, meeting weight limitations by packing light (and by cheating a little), and ways to improve comfort during the flight.
Best of all, I share the 100% slam dunk no-fail method to eliminate jet lag; once I knew this I never had jet lag again, meaning a whole extra useful day at destinations more than four time zones away.
Experienced travelers learn a lot by trial and error; while they walk in your world, they are actually performing subtle maneuvers that reduce their odds of hassle by 95% or more. An infrequent traveler, by comparison, has a fifty-fifty chance of having a snafu on their trip. By buying this book you’ll avoid the usual pitfalls.
An experienced traveler with a three hour layover pops out of their chair an hour before the flight. They hunt for the Departures electronic panel, usually hanging from the ceiling in one place per spur, to check on gate changes or cancellations.
If there’s a change, you need to head toward the new gate, or find a staffed desk for your airline to deal with it.
A very experienced traveler installs the airline’s app on their phone. This sends a text warning the moment their flight is changed or cancelled. Then they hop right on securing another flight. The early bird gets the worm.
While airlines allow ‘one luggage and one personal item,’ the appearance of the personal item, its shape and how you carry it, makes all the difference. An obvious difference in size can help you breeze by the airline staff scrutinizing the carry-ons instead of being forced to check it (and pay the checked bag price). Hassle reduction is the heart of this book; when you know what will cause no hassle, some risk of hassle, or huge risk of hassle, you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it.
Packing light and efficiently for today’s airline flights, post-2014, is radically different than the typical outdated travel advice. New clothes in certain colors that mix and match are unnecessary. Scarves? Forget it. Unless you wear scarves all the time … then you already have them.
In addition to hundreds of flight tips, I’ve included a comprehensive list of things to do several weeks before the trip and then another for a few days before the trip. Forgetting some of these is usually not a disaster, but it does eat up mental energy and peace of mind.
This book is the collected wisdom from hundreds of trips. Much of it isn’t available on-line, even if you hunted for thirty hours. This book will save you money. But more importantly, it will reduce hassle. Stuff happens. But not to you. Enjoy.
You have everything you need to head off on a flight without shopping. But there is one thing I urge you to buy if you don’t already have them: support socks. The risk of blood clots from airplane travel is far greater than will ever be statistically analyzed because it would require airline cooperation to collect data. No airline would willingly expose themselves to that marketing nightmare. That doesn’t mean airline passengers can ignore it, especially when the cure is a pair of socks and an ibuprofen or aspirin at the start of the trip.
Blood clots do not happen only to old folks with circulation problems, or people who had hints of poor leg circulation before. They happen to athletic people in their 40’s without foreshadowing. In fact, the reason it happens is simply because the victims never had any reason to think it would happen to them.