You don’t like planes and you don’t like air travel. For as long as you can remember, you’ve always traveled by car, bus or even truck! You’d rather spend hours on the road to get from one place to the next than to get there in half an hour via plane. But now, it has come down to you not getting any choice anymore as to how you get to travel because your company is sending you on a mission abroad and the only way to get there is to fly! Shiver me timbers! There’s no way out! The only way is up!
It’s No Big Deal
Really, it’s no big deal. You go to the airport, you get on the plane, find your seat, buckle up and then you fly – or at least the plane does. You get to meet a lot of people. Some of them will test your patience, others will show you patience.
There could be kids crying or making a lot of noise – or maybe not. You could be seated next to a nice old lady or you could be lodged between two opposing poles – one talk’s non-stop while the other ignores you.
You could be served good food or you might as well be eating paste. The flight attendants may be “attentive” or you could be dying and they would still ignore you. So you see, flying isn’t something to be nervous about. Flying is an adventure! For sixteen hours or so, you will be having what could very well turn out to be one of the best times of your life.
Prepping-Up for Flying
Preparing for your flight however, is a totally different ball game. First, there’s the business of booking your flight. Since this is your first time to fly, you may not have a clue as to which airlines are the best ones to fly with. Search the internet for various airlines that fly to your destination. Check out each of their deals and compare and contrast.
Will you be flying Economy? What size airplane does the airline have? Knowing how many passengers an airline’s Economy class can seat at a time will give you an idea of how crowded this section is going to be.
Next, check the airline’s regulations regarding carry-on and check-in baggage. You have to be careful about following their guidelines just to make sure that your carry-on does not exceed the weight limit and that everything in it is allowed inside the plane.
Lastly, do you have special instructions? Are you allergic to certain types of food? Do you have a medical condition? It is important that you tell the airline about it so they can give instructions to their staff and take the necessary precautionary measures to ensure that your flight will be as smooth as possible.
When reserving your ticket, indicate if you want a window seat or an aisle seat. If you have a weak bladder, you’d best take an aisle seat so you can easily go to the restroom whenever you need to.
Note: You have to make arrangements for your travel from the airport to your hotel once you get to your destination before your trip. You don’t want to get those airport taxis if you can help it because they can charge you a really steep fare.