Traveling abroad for the first time can be exciting, yet daunting. It’s a lot different to taking a stay-cation, and while international travel is said to broaden the mind, it can prove to be really stressful if you don’t plan ahead.
So, if you want your first time international getaway to be memorable for all of the right reasons, below you’ll discover some top tips you should follow.
Try and book a seat near the wing of the plane
One of the most daunting parts of flying is the turbulence you’re likely to experience. Turbulence is extremely common and usually nothing to worry about. However, it can understandably be frightening for those who have never experienced it before. It can also be tough on the stomach, so a great tip is to try and book a seat near the wings of the plane.
When the plane starts to wobble, its centre will be the calmest, so you’re less likely to experience stomach flips if you’re seated near the middle of the plane.
Make sure you take copies of your passport
When you’re traveling abroad, it’s important to take copies of your passport in case you lose or damage your original. The last thing you need is to get stuck at the airport, unable to fly home once the holiday ends. It might even be a great idea to create a digital copy which you can easily access via your email too if required.
Be sure to take an international charger
If you’re taking your smartphone or tablet, you’re going to need a charger to keep it juiced up throughout the flight and the duration of the holiday. While you’ll want to take the chargers you use at home, it’s also important to make sure you’ve got an international compatible charger.
The charging points in some countries are totally different to those found in Ireland. So a standard charger may not fit.
Get clever at security check in
One of the most stressful and tedious parts of travelling internationally, is security check in. The queues can be notoriously long, but did you know there’s a way to cut your waiting time down?
Generally speaking, most people are right handed. This means, when they enter the airport, they automatically turn to the right. So, if you want to get through security faster, you’ll want to make sure you turn to join the queues from the left. While there will still be people there, it’s sure to be a lot quieter than it would be if you were to join the queues to the right.
Make sure you convert your money before you go
Whichever destination you’re heading to, you’re going to need to make sure you transfer your spending money into the local currency. You can do this in numerous places and there will be a fee to transfer the currency over. To make your holiday even more convenient, at TUI we offer a great, competitive currency transfer service.
Take advantage of holiday insurance
While you don’t want to think about it, there are a lot of things that can wrong while you’re holidaying abroad. Therefore, it makes sense to ensure you have good holiday insurance cover. This will protect you against numerous unforeseen circumstances. As well as a currency transfer service, TUI also offers great travel insurance cover.
Take plenty of on-board entertainment
The flight to your destination can get a little tedious, especially for children. So, don’t forget to take lots of on-board entertainment. New toys, books and games can all provide hours of entertainment. Don’t forget to take something for you too, such as a good book or a tablet to play around with.
Consider taking brightly coloured luggage
Finally, waiting for your baggage can also be a stressful experience. However, you can simplify it by investing in brightly coloured luggage. This will make it easy to spot and there will also be less chance that somebody else will walk away with the bag, mistaking it for their own.
There are a lot of things to consider when traveling internationally for the first time. However, the above tips will help to ensure the holiday runs as smoothly as possible.