There are some essentials which I do every single time I plan to travel, whether that’s a quick short haul European trip or a longer organized trip outside of the continent. People go on holiday for a variety of reasons but no one wants to stress more than they need to, relaxation is a key part of traveling, and if you start relaxed there’s more chance of a smoother holiday. Here are some of my top tips to make your pre-holiday smoother:
Book your pre-holiday transportation
Usually, I am quite lucky and manage to find willing family members to drop me at airports but this is always something I check as I don’t want to be stressing a few days before about booking a taxi. If I know the times just aren’t suitable to get a lift, perhaps someone’s at work it’s no sweat to book transportation. Blacklane are a great choice both for getting to and coming back from the airport as their rates are all inclusive which includes taxes, tolls, fees and gratuities, especially useful if you book them in a foreign country such as Beijing or New York and you’re unsure of toll prices which can make your cab journey that bit more expensive. If you’re booking them for when you’ve stepped off a plane you don’t need to rush as they allow up to 60-minutes of free wait time, and if your plan changes cancellations are free up to 1 hour before a one-way ride.
Book an airport lounge
I had my first airport lounge experience last month before a quick trip to Amsterdam and I don’t think I can go back. We all know the struggle of getting through security and seeing the heaving crowds of people swarming the shops, the huge queues just to get some food and the inability to find a seat unless you’re there during the twilight hours. An airport lounge can cost just £20 and provide you with the relaxation you need before a flight. Having been to Aspire who operate at a number of both UK and European airports you can get unlimited free food and drink – including alcohol – which is worth the price alone, relaxed surroundings, seats and comfortable areas and the use of sleepods. Before my flight to Amsterdam, I had never felt so relaxed from an airport experience.
Buy your currency in advance
It always baffles me when people leave buying currency to the last minute, whether this is one or two days before, or at the airport. Some currencies which may only be used in the one country might have to be ordered in advance so even if you pop into your bureau du change the day before they may not have any in stock, for example, Denmark and Sweden. Buying your currency at the airport is one of the worst things you can do as you’re certainly going to get a lower exchange rate than you would at home, and in almost all cases it can be cheaper to withdraw money from an ATM when you arrive. Always plan your currency in advance so there’s less pre-holiday stress.