Many people traveling on airplanes don’t check bags anymore. Checking luggage can take a lot of time, as can waiting for it to arrive on the other end. Sometimes, however, you need to check your bags. You may need more stuff than would fit in an overhead compartment. You may wish to transport items not permitted in a carry-on bag. You may have a long layover and not want to babysit a valise for several hours in some airport.
Whatever your reason for choosing to check your luggage, you always incur one risk: that it will not appear on the other end. Here are some tips on how to prevent that from happening, and what to do if it does. Continue reading “How Not to Lose Your Luggage – and What to Do if You Do”
Packing your checked baggage is simple: usually, whatever you can stuff into it and still stay under the weight limit works fine. Packing your carry-on bag, however, can be a little more confusing. Exactly what should you have in your carry-on bag? These tips will help you know what to bring with you when you board. Continue reading “What Should You Bring in Your Carry-On Bag?”
Travel can be an incredibly exciting and enjoyable experience, but it can also provoke a lot of fear and anxiety for some people. Around one in every 20 people has a fear of flying, otherwise known as aviophobia. But why do some of us have this fear? And how can we get over it?
Why do we have a fear of flying?
Several different factors can cause a fear of flying. Some people feel claustrophobic in the enclosed space of an airplane. Others are scared of heights or of the potential of crashing or hijacking. Beyond that, the process of flying can be stressful and scary for a lot of people – what if you miss your flight? What if the airline loses your bag? Even though all of these outcomes are very unlikely, they can produce a lot of fear.
On top of that, flying is an unfamiliar experience. Some people fly very regularly, but most of us don’t, and you’re much more likely to have a fear of flying if you haven’t done it many times. It can take some time to get used to the sights, sounds, and feeling of being in an airplane. Until flying feels commonplace, it can make us very uncomfortable. Continue reading “10 Ways To Get Over Your Fear Of Flying”
These days, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel by airplane. Flights have been getting cheaper and cheaper over time, so the cost of a single flight from LA to Boston in 1941 could pay for your whole family to fly to Europe today. However, one aspect of flying has gotten more expensive recently. You might have noticed that you’re paying more for your luggage in recent months. Continue reading “Why Baggage Fees May Cost More On Your Next Trip”
Although most people regard check-in/check-out as the second most aggravating part of the vacation (behind the flight,) many people underestimate how this experience can affect your vacation. Checking-in usually provides your very first impression of your accommodations, and that impression can make or break your trip. And although most people skip the check-out experience, it can help to improve a bad experience, or even top off an amazing vacation. Take a look at our list of the top five things not to do at hotel check-in and check-out to make your next overnight trip a great success! Continue reading “5 Things Not to Do at Hotel Check-in and Check-out”
How to Reduce Baggage Fees
Airline baggage fees are a hot topic these days, and for good reason: the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that U.S. travelers spent $7.1 billion in luggage and flight change fees in 2017 alone. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to get around the ever-increasing baggage fees and restrictions imposed by most major airlines. Here are some tips for keeping your luggage costs to a minimum. Continue reading “8 Ways To Reduce Baggage Fees”