Traveling the world comes with some built-in complications. Nowadays booking the trip is so simple - all it takes is a few clicks - that you can easily forget about the difficulties that can emerge on other parts of your journey. From getting to the airport and going through security to getting lost in a foreign country, there are many pitfalls you could accidentally stumble into. However, if you follow a few simple tips, you'll be able to travel the world like pro.
Learn to stop stressing out about travel complications with these tips:
1. Get to the airport ahead of time
If you're traveling domestically, getting to the airport an hour ahead of your boarding time should give you all the breathing space you need. Unless you're flying near a national holiday, the hour should give you time enough to check in, hand over your checked bags and pass through security. If you're flying internationally, give yourself two hours - you'll have to go through customs, which can be unpredictable at times.
2. Check in with your phone
Most airlines allow you the option to check in from your computer or phone up to 24 hours prior to departure. This means you can either print your boarding pass at home or simply bring it up on your smartphone. Checking in ahead of time is ideal for travelers without checked luggage. You can walk straight through to security without even looking at the ticket counter.
3. Dress for flying
Going through security means you'll have to take off your jacket, shoes and belt. Keep this in mind as you dress on the day of your flight. You'll want to wear comfortable clothing - but don't wear your pajamas. Business Insider recommended wearing closed-toed shoes in case of an emergency - but they're also a good for avoiding getting your toes stepped on. If you want to wear a jacket and belt, consider putting them in your carry-on luggage to speed up your transit through security.
4. Keep your eye on cheap tickets
It's a common misconception that travel has to be expensive. If you know where you want to go for vacation, look for tickets early so you can get an idea of the prices. For international travelers, calling the ticket seller's customer service department can sometimes get you a great deal. Traveling on a budget doesn't mean you have to limit your destination options.
5. Remember the rules
The TSA has many guidelines regarding the objects they allow onboard planes. The rule that many fliers come up against most often is the regulation of liquid products. If you're traveling for an extended period of time, place all of your liquids - shampoo, contact lens solution, etc. - in your checked baggage. Otherwise measure everything carefully so that it meets the TSA's guidelines.