6 Must-Dos Before Embarking on Your Flight

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Everyone wants a hassle-free vacation, as this is usually the only time that they are able to get away from all the stress and drama in the city. Having a checklist to check before going on your vacation is a must. This will save you from forgetting certain stuff that you should have packed, and it will help you with planning your vacation smoothly.

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Join a Frequent Flyer Program

Frequent flyer programs are a great way to reap benefits for future flights such as seat upgrades or lounge access. It’s best to join a program that is part of an alliance where you’ll get to pool your points from flying with various airlines. For example, the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program is free to join except in NZ and Australia and it’s part of the Oneworld alliance. This means you can collect and use points on airlines such as British Airways, AmericanAirlines, Cathay Pacific and Iberia.

Get Sturdy Luggage

Your luggage is very important, as you would have to travel with it for a certain number of days, weeks, or even months. It must be versatile and light enough that would not weigh you down. You also want to get one that has a warranty, preferably a company that offers one for a year or more. You can opt for different types of luggage: rolling, 4-wheels, duffel, wheeled backpack, travelling backpack, and carry-on.

The rolling and 4-wheel luggage are both great for travelers who are always on the go. You can just drag these around without having to worry about carrying the heavy weight on your back. However, if you are travelling over a short period of time and you are not planning on bringing a lot of stuff with you, then it would be best to take a duffel bag, travel backpack, or carry-on.

Book Airport Parking

Booking a long-term airport parking slot would save you tons of bucks, especially if you are going away for a long time. Getting an Uber or taxi to and from the airport would cost you a hefty amount of money. With an airport parking, you are sure that your car will be well taken care of. You can even have it washed while you are away!

Put your Important Documents and Papers Together

Things such as your passport, travel documents, credit cards, and money should all be kept together. Store them in a bag or organizer separate from all of your stuff, especially the ones that are not spill-proof. Put the organizer or pouch in your carry-on bag, so it would be easy to grab once you need it. This would be very helpful for instances where you are in a lot of hurry. Not sure what documents to prepare when travelling abroad? Here they are: passport, visa, ID, cash, credit cards, health insurance cards and documents, travel insurance documents, reservations and itineraries, hotel and tour contact information, tickets, emergency contracts, and maps.


Book your Accommodation in Advance

This is especially important if you are travelling during the holiday seasons, as hotels are usually booked out during those times. Look for different options, so you wouldn’t be all panicky when the day of your travel comes.

Get a House or Pet Sitter

If no one would be around to watch your house while you are away, then it would be best to get a house and/or pet sitter. You can always leave your pets temporarily at pet hotels, but it would be way cheaper to get a pet sitter instead. You just have to make sure that you will get someone that you completely trust.

The main goal when travelling is relaxing and having the time of your life. Plan everything ahead of time, and have a blast!

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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