Travelling during this holiday season is truly challenging not only for my mom and my sister who experienced it first-hand but also for the others who have had similar or even worse experiences. I guess they’re still lucky despite the challenges that they encountered because their flight pushed through as scheduled and they got to their destination safely. I’ve seen some of my friends’ posts on facebook about their horrible experiences including delayed flights and getting rerouted to other cities where they had to stay overnight or even longer until the aircraft arrives. Not only it’s a hassle but also an additional expense because most of these issues were neither expected nor planned.
For me and for everyone who’s planning to travel especially during peak season, these tips may help us get through the challenges that may come up along the way or lessen the occurrence of these issues especially those that we can control.
- Book your flight as early as possible. If you’re planning to spend the holiday season in the province or in other cities, confirm your schedule (whether you’re working or not) and book a flight ahead of time. It’s less expensive and less hassle.
- Pay the extra charge for baggage allowance even if you’re not planning to bring a lot of stuff. You’ll never know when you have to. 15 kls of baggage allowance costs only P150-P200 while it’s P300-P400 for every kilo in excess. Such a huge difference.
- Print your ticket a day before your flight or if you have it printed already, make sure to put it inside your carry-on bag. Check the details and read all the reminders. Sometimes it causes delay when you’re about to go and you realized you don’t have your ticket yet.
- Pack your things properly and don’t forget to weigh it after to make sure it won’t exceed your baggage allowance. Only bring the things that you will really use. It’s fine to bring extra but don’t bring a lot.
- Be at the airport 3-4 hours before your flight schedule. Check in early and don’t forget to have your boarding pass and ID in hand. It’s always better to be early.
- Double check the things you have in your carry-on luggage before checking in. Don’t put your umbrella and other liquid substances exceeding 100 milliliters or 100 grams such as lotions and perfumes in your carry-on bag or else that would be confiscated. Put them in your checked-in baggage instead.
- NEVER joke about national security or bombs. It’s fine to crack jokes but be sure not to mention bombs or explosives or you’ll get yourself in trouble. Your joke maybe funny or harmless, but remember, the security personnel have no sense of humor when it comes to doing their jobs. It pays to be cautious.
- Don’t forget to bring your fully-charged cellphone and extra cash. Sometimes, things happen unexpectedly so it’s always better to be prepared.
- Take care of your belongings/carry-on bags while waiting for your flight. If you get to the airport early and you feel the need to take a nap first, go ahead but make sure that your important stuff are secured. Have your companion look over your stuff or if you’re alone wrap your arms around your bag and set your alarm clock at least 30 minutes before the boarding time.
- Make sure that you board on the right plane and at the right schedule. You wouldn’t want to miss your flight or be boarded on the wrong plane and be a cause of delay for the other passengers.
Committing mistakes will slow you and everyone else down and may even get you into trouble. And there would be times when you’ll be encountering issues no matter how cautious you are but being prepared can bring safer flight and less hassle for you and for other passengers.
Happy Holidays and I wish you a safe and a hassle-free travel! 🙂