Whether you fly frequently for business, pleasure or a combination of the two, you love to learn little tricks and tips that will make the entire travel experience go as smoothly as possible. After all, once you have battled traffic to get to the airport, stood in endless lines, took off your shoes and paid $5 for a bag of potato chips at the newspaper stand, you are more than ready for the rest of your trip to be super easy.
With that in mind, check out the following travel hacks that will help you fly like a pro:
Check out Gogo
Historically, texting, emailing and Wi-Fi related tasks were simply not possible when sitting in a chair 30,000 feet above the Earth. Now, thanks to Gogo In-flight services, you can enjoy unlimited text, picture messaging, visual voicemail and an hour of free Wi-Fi with certain carriers. Simply check the carrier’s site to see which airlines offer Gogo. Thanks to Gogo, you can be more relaxed and entertained while flying by staying in touch with friends and family, checking out your social media pages and more.
Look into Free City Tours
Traveling internationally makes for some really long days. Throw in a long layover and you’ll be ready to drop by the time you get to your hotel. Lucky for you, a number of international airports offer free city tours to passengers with layovers of five hours or more. This way, you can leave the stuffy airport, get out and see the city and make that layover time fly by — pun fully intended. This service seems to be especially popular in Asian airports including Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan and Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan. Before you board, check the website of the airport you are flying through to see what they offer passengers.
Choose the Best Seat
As you probably know quite well, not all airline seats are created equally. Some are noisier, smaller and less comfy than you’d like, especially on those long flights. Before selecting your flights when booking your trip, head on over to SeatGuru; the site has seat plans for pretty much every major aircraft and airline as well as tips on the best seats. You may be surprised to find that your upcoming flight has drastically different differences in seat size and comfort levels, all for the same seat price. Nab those cushy seats and you’ll find that flying is whole lot more relaxing.
Spring for Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Planes are inherently loud. Add in the sounds of dozens of people chatting away, the clink-clink of ice going into cups of Coke and a crying tot or two, and it’s a recipe for a migraine disaster. To arrive at your location feeling more relaxed, consider investing in a pair of top quality noise-cancelling headphones. You can wear them while watching TV shows and movies on your tablet or listening to music on your phone, and you can also keep them on for the remainder of the flight to blissfully block out the cacophonous sound of the aircraft.
Traveling by air may never be completely stress free, but thanks to these four hacks, you will be well on your way to sitting back and enjoying the flight. Choose a prime seat, and enjoy a quiet flight with your headphones on. If you can score a free city tour, all the better — you can take selfies and post them on Facebook via GoGo on the next leg of your trip.