Travel is one of the best ways to grow as a person, and it’s also incredibly fulfilling. But it’s not always the fairytale you see on Facebook in Instagram. Often, travel is delayed flights, rude cab drivers, lost passports, jetlag, and exhaustion.
This doesn’t mean you should stay home. But it does mean that you should do everything you can to control the things you can and make travel easier. That way, you’re not down to your last nerve when you miss your connecting flight or can’t figure out the public transport system.
Here are some top ways to make travel easier for your next trip:
Make it a stopover
If there’s one thing I’m not doing anymore, it’s long-haul connecting flights between Europe and New Zealand/Australia. These days, I always book a night in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. Even if you’re not flying for that long, making it a stopover can give you a chance to relax, catch up on some sleep, and even explore a new destination on the way. The thought of getting on another 11 hour flight after you’ve just got off an 11 hour flight can feel soul destroying. Do yourself a favour and book in a stopover.
Use a transfer company
The first time I used an airport transfer I felt like the queen. Finally, I had someone waiting for me in the airport, and they even had my name on their little board. I can’t tell you how nice it is to walk off the flight and straight into a nice car, without having to find a cab or use public transport. While everyone else is standing in line at the taxi stand or transferring between metros, you can be checked into your hotel, taking a shower, or napping. Now that’s a win.
Do your research
I used to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of traveller. And while there’s a time and a place for this (I was 23), I’m now uninterested in arriving in a new city without accommodation prebooked. I also like to do some basic research to see what there is to do in a city before I land. This doesn’t mean you have to pre-book tours or activities, but it’s nice to get a basic idea of what you’d like to do and when you can fit those things in.