Summer is finally just around the corner, and millions of Americans will soon take to the skies in pursuit of a dream vacation for themselves and their loved ones. Traveling is one of the world’s most liberating experiences, and whether your travels lead you to a sunny beach with waves lapping your feet or a daring adventure amidst mountains and whitewater rapids, you are bound to find freedom and comfort in your summer getaway. However, despite the excitement that a summer vacation should bring, just the thought of the hassle of airport travel is enough to turn many away from the idea. We at ViaAir believe that air travel should be just as relaxing and carefree as the vacation itself, which is why we have assembled a list of travel hacks to make your vacation the easy, hassle-free experience that it should be.
Before the flight
PLAN AHEAD: Look up the attractions that your destination has to offer well in advance and come up with a rough itinerary. Some people will plan their entire stay down to the minute, while others will only come up with a general plan, but in either case, having an idea of what you want to do once you get there will save you from the dreaded “what-do-we-do-now” syndrome that uninformed travelers often face. This is especially true for those traveling with children.
PACK LIGHT: Make a detailed checklist of the things you will need for each day of your stay, complete with the quantities, and stick to only those items. You may think you can rely on pure brainpower, but you’ll be astonished at how much quicker and more efficient the process is with a written list handy, not to mention it reduces the likelihood of forgetting something important.
PACK SMART: In addition to packing light, there are ways to arrange your belongings within your suitcase that maximize space, such as rolling your clothes rather than folding them, packing your socks inside your shoes, and sticking a rolled-up belt inside the collar of a shirt, which also helps to keep the collar stiff. In addition to this, it is also smart to place a binder clip over your razor to keep from getting nicked, cover your shoes with a shower cap to keep dirt from getting on your other belongings, and pack empty tote bags for dirty laundry and souvenirs.
On the day of the flight
PREPARE: Relying on a bit of extra time in the morning to do some last-minute organizing will only lead to stress. Spare yourself the nightmare of spiraling around the house looking for your things by making sure that you are fully packed, with your travel itinerary and documents all in an easily accessible carry-on bag. This way, all you have to do before leaving for the airport is double-check, which will set your vacation off to a great start.
LAY OFF THE COFFEE: On the day of your flight, as difficult as it may be, try to skip this morning ritual. This will help you doze off on the flight, which will ensure that you’re rested and energized once arriving at your destination.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE STAFF: Air crews work very hard to ensure your safety and comfort. Being courteous towards the flight attendants and staff will truly brighten their day and improve the overall atmosphere of your flight.
HAVE A TRAVEL PLAYLIST: There is nothing like a relaxing playlist to help you unwind on your flight, a feel-good playlist to start your vacation on the right note, or a party playlist to put you in a wonderful, energetic mood. Some apps, like Spotify, have pre-made playlists that you can download and later listen to offline. Listening to your favorite tunes will help pass the time and make your flight much more enjoyable.
UNPACK IMMEDIATELY: No matter how exhausted you may be from your travels, if you’re staying for longer than one day, unpacking as soon as you get there will save you plenty of trouble later on and will make your stay more pleasant.
STAY AWAKE UNTIL SUNDOWN: As tempting as it may be to take a quick nap upon arriving at your hotel, doing so will only throw off your sleep schedule for the rest of your vacation. As soon as you’re finished unpacking, get out and explore your destination, grab some food, and get tips from your hotel staff and other locals to make sure you hit all the must-sees and to maximize your time there.
UNPLUG: According to a Forbes publication, 76% of Americans check their E-Mail and voicemail while on vacation. On top of that, 10% of Americans say they can never fully relax on their getaways! To combat this sad statistic, try and avoid mixing work and play at all costs. This is your hard-earned vacation, a time to spend with your loved ones away from the troubles that keep you occupied on a daily basis. Work can wait.
Lucky for you, there are some hacks that you just don’t need to worry about when traveling with ViaAir. With complimentary snacks and beverages, packing your own refreshments is a choice rather than a necessity. With no hidden fees for things like checked bags and seat selection, there’s no need to double-check our website for extra charges. And with a team of staff members dedicated to making your travels as enjoyable as possible, we would always love to listen to your concerns and answer any and all of your questions. So sit back, relax, and use these travel hacks to make your trip the experience of a lifetime.