I love winter as our family usually travels during this season. I earn a good reason not to write my papers and just have fun with the kids and my other half.
Flying, for us, is the most convenient way to get to our destinations. Although along with that convenience is the acceptance of the fact that travel interruptions can take place anytime.
We cannot prevent these scenarios from happening but we can always manage our responses when they do. No one wants to be stuck at the airport for days. No one wants to spend more than the necessary.
With that, let us talk about few winter travel survival tips I’ve lifted from experience.
Take the first flight out.
Save yourself from flight delays. Book the earliest flight of the day since this schedule is least likely to be late.
You might need to drag yourself to the airport and sacrifice long sleeps, but the good side of it is that you’re sure to reach your destination on time.
There are several reasons why flights get delayed, and attendants running late is only one. Again, you have no control over these things so you might as well take the safest option there is.
Put first bigger planes.
Weather is another factor that causes flight schedule changes.
And more often than not, it is the small aircrafts that take the brunt of the consequence. So when booking, check the type of aircraft first.
This doesn’t affect the ticket price after all so pick that which have higher chances of taking off as scheduled.
Review airport history.
Yes, you read that right. It helps that you study airport ratings when it comes to on-time operations.
This is crucial especially when you booked a connecting flight. You know how inconvenient it is for your first flight to be delayed when you are scheduled to transfer to another plane.
Show you’ve got manners.
Ranting wouldn’t address issues.
Be nice when dealing with the agents. Smiling and talking to them decent will go a long way. The staff might even go beyond their call of duty to assist you if you will act pleasant.
Remain calm. And do not depend everything to the employees. They also have to attend to other passengers.
Gear up for the cold weather.
You will need something to keep you warm.
You need to wear appropriate clothing so you can move around comfortably despite the freezing temperature. Make sure that you have mittens and boots with you to protect your extremities.
Bring thermal jacket with you. You need not buy brand new after all. Borrow from your friends in case they have extra.
You can also bring a winter blanket as an alternative. Although it is likely to consume too much space, later on you will be glad you took it with you anyway.
Look into package deals.
Where are you staying for your getaway?
Check out resorts that offer package deals so you will not have to coordinate with several people for your trip. Travel deals would usually include lodging, airfare, tours, and food. You can even earn discounts.
Go to travel websites. Negotiate with the staff if they can find cheap deals for you.
Pick the right timing.
Schedule your trip on lean days.
Avoid the exact dates holidays fall under. This way, you will also be able to reduce your expenses. The price for anything inflates during peak seasons.
Nettie Gray makes sure to travel with her family at least once a year. The most fun part is that the kids get to join the planning process.
When traveling, Nettie Gray keeps her clothes inside a waterproof bag or giant ziploc. One time, she had to borrow clothes from a friend because of a sudden downpour that left all her valuables wet.