Whether for business or pleasure, solo travelling can result in many adventurous and daring experiences. We, as strong and independent women, take advantage of this opportunity to meet new friends and see the world on our terms. In addition, it also serves as a chance to discover something within us, a part we can build on for years to come. But despite all the advantages of travelling alone and this whole Eat, Pray, Love fascination, there’s still the inevitability of getting caught up in the moment and letting our guard down.
Every travel opportunity can be memorable and encouraging if we maintain the proper equilibrium of carefulness and risk. This is a fairly obvious point, yet some of us tend to forget a few parts in the industry that tend to make or break our whole trip. If and when done correctly, the tips below can make all the difference in your next adventure. With that, here are a few pointers on how to make the most of your solo travels.
Take Advantage of Online Features
This means being ready way before heading to the airport. First, it’s advisable to sign-up in our country’s respective trusted traveller program. This helps us get pre-screened efficiently and allows us to breeze through airport security in no time. It’s even part of Independent Traveller’s guideline on how to cruise through customs and security.
Another important thing to note is airport parking. This area is just as vital and somewhat as easy to accomplish as online check-in features of airlines. The key is to verify the airport parking online, then understand which type of service best suits you. The industry experts over at Parking4Less divide these into four categories: the on-airport, the off-airport, the meet and greet, and the airport hotel with parking. With this, you can drive to the airport, go to your pre-booked and designated parking spot, and look forward to your trip. Just be sure to reserve an airport parking slot one or two days before your scheduled flight.
Organise Everything Beforehand
Good organisation may include anything from preparing essential travel documents in an orderly fashion to weighing your bags – both carry-on and check-in luggage – at home. Before you get in line at the airport for those routine security queues and check-in, be sure to systematise all the important documentation needed when travelling. This simple practice of efficiency will make you, airport security personnel, and all the travellers behind you happy.
Additionally, in between check-in counters and airport security, it’s vital to take a quick inventory of what needs to be done in front of the line. Do a quick rundown of what you are wearing that day, and remove the unnecessary articles of clothing like jewellery, belts, etc. To make it easier for you and for everyone involved, wear slip on shoes, or any type of garment that won’t tick off airport security sensors.
Always be Alert Inside Departure Areas
Once you’ve gone over to the other side of airport security, it’s now time to relax and wait until your flight comes. Airports nowadays have a plethora of dining, shopping, and other leisure options, to make your time inside really worthwhile. However, like what we’ve established earlier, it’s imperative to not let your guard down. Be wary of those flight announcements on the speaker and those airport status boards. With that said, you have to also stay close to your gate at least an hour prior to your scheduled departure, as sometimes the official system updates lag. Lastly, part of being alert is staying safe all throughout. One advice from Susan Harkins’ article on Tech Republic states the importance of blending in and belonging. In short, when traveling solo, you should always exude confidence.
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