“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” ― Jack Kerouac
When working for a company whose employees log hundreds of thousands of miles of air travel each year, you not only learn a lot about personal travel preferences – window vs aisle, carry-on vs checked luggage, to recline or not to recline – but you also pick up a lot of useful tricks and tips to survive long layovers, navigating security checkpoints quickly, and overcoming jet lag. This is the third part in a series that will help spread some of this knowledge to the most frequent of flyers or those who just skip out of town on the occasional vacation or weekend getaway. Some of these tips are no-brainers and others may elicit an “Ah ha!” moment when you read them.
“Oh my fur and whiskers! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” – The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland)
Be sure to check in for your flight 24 hours in advance in case you end up being short on time when you arrive at the airport. Most airlines will not let you check in once you are within 30 minutes of your scheduled departure. There are several factors that determine how long it can take to get through a security checkpoint and the only one that you have control over is how punctual you are. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, check your bag(s), and navigate through security. A good rule of thumb is at least 1 hour before the departure time for domestic flights and 2 hours before international flights. Having time to waste at your gate is much more enjoyable than sprinting through gauntlet of people towing suitcases or small children in hopes that you don’t miss your flight.
While traveling can be stressful and exhausting at times, we at Centrifuge Media are grateful that we get to travel as part of our job and relish in the chances to see both new and familiar places. Please share your own travel tips and tricks in the comments section below. The more we share our experiences, the more we can all learn to become travel pros.