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Here are 4 effective ways to survive very tight connecting flights

Here are 4 effective ways to survive very tight connecting flights

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In as much as very tight connecting flights are not advised during travel, sometimes they are inevitable because it may be the only option available to you if you are to have a chance of making it to your destination on time. Generally, if you can pull off your connections, they tend to be very rewarding.

In this article, we are going to share with you 4 effective ways to survive very tight connecting flights.

Ensure your connection is realistic

There are certain absolute minimums that will need to be maintained if you are to have any hope of success with your connection flights. If everything is to go smoothly on a domestic flight, then you’ll need a minimum of 45 minutes in order to pull off your connection and a minimum of 75 minutes for international flights. This is hopping that everything goes as planned. Anything less than this will not be realistic and you’re setting yourself for failure.

Ask the flight attendants for help

Flight attendants will always want the best for their passengers therefore they are always ready to offer any assistance when they can. Therefore if you know you have a tight connection which you may encounter some difficulty pulling off, it’s a good idea to ask the flight attendants for help. They can be very instrumental in finding you a seat closer to the front of the plane to ensure you embark quickly so that you can make it to your next flight.

Familiarize yourself with the airport

It’s very important for you to be familiar with the airport where you’ll be making your connection as this ensures that you spend less time navigating through the airport thereby increasing your chances of making it to your flight. There are usually maps of the airport which you can download make good use of.

Call the airline as soon as possible

Never wait until you miss your flight in order to call the airline because chances are high you will have to face a fine for rescheduling your flight. It’s therefore advisable that the moment you feel as though you will be late, you need to call the airline and either arrange for a rescheduling or if there’s an outside possibility that they will let you past the boarding gate once it has been closed.

All in all, only book tight connections when you have to but if you have a choice, ensure that there is sufficient time between the flights.

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5 important tips for travelling with your medication

5 important tips for travelling with your medication

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There are a number of occasions when you will be forced to travel when on medication, and you have to figure out how to carry all your medicine with you during your trip without taking too much space on your carry on. There are therefore a number of things you must do before, during and after your flight to ensure your medicines are not damaged or mixed up in any way.

In this article, we’ll share with you 5 important tips for travelling with your medication.

Ensure that all your drugs have labels

Whereas it’s always advisable to ensure that your medication stay in their original containers, sometimes you may need to transfer them to smaller packages so that they don’t take too much of your space, or to allow you to just carry enough for your trip. It’s therefore a good idea to ensure that you label them very well to avoid any confusion.

Ensure you read the label

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The process of carrying your medication with you especially if you won’t be carrying them in their original container may expose them to potential degradation. It’s therefore a good idea to first read the label so that you are fully aware of the conditions under which your medication must be stored so that you don’t render them ineffective as you travel with them.

Familiarize yourself with their generic names

It’s not uncommon for you to lose your medication or forget some of them during your travel. It’s therefore a good idea to familiarize yourself with the generic names of your drugs so that in such a situation, you’ll be able to find its equivalent when you get to your destination.

Always think ahead

Certain types of medication will always have side effects that may interfere with your faculties for instance, drugs that make you drowsy. It’s therefore a good idea for you to always think ahead before taking such medication as you travel. Case in point, it’s never a good idea to take a sedative if you have a flight with a very tight connection, or if you intend to drive yourself from the airport.

Carry your own medicine

There are times when you may assume that you will be able to find the medication you are taking when you arrive at your destination however, when you feel as though this may not be possible, then be sure to carry your own medicine.

If you put these tips into practice, you can be guaranteed that you won’t have any problems with your medication during your travel.

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The 4 must do pre-travel arrangements

The 4 must do pre-travel arrangements

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Anytime you are planning for a travel whether domestic or international, on business or on vacation, there are a number of arrangements you must make beforehand and ensure they are not done last minute. This is essentially meant to ensure that the travel day goes smoothly and during your trip, you have your peace of mind.

We are going to look at the 4 must do pre-travel arrangement.

1 Plan your finances

When travelling, you must always remember that you will need cash for your various expenses therefore you must plan your finances well to avoid having to make frequent trips to the ATM once you arrive at your destination. For instance, if your travel is domestic, you must ensure that you have sufficient cash as well as your credit card for transactions and if it’s a foreign travel, ensure you find out the exchange rate and as much as possible about the local currency, and once you land, get sufficient local currency to sustain you for a couple of days.

2 Ensure your first day is well planned

Generally, the first day of arrival is usually meant for resting and familiarizing yourself with your surrounding so that the subsequent days are spent doing what took you to the destination. It’s therefore a good idea to have list of things you want to accomplish on the first day so that this day doesn’t end up getting wasted on other logistical issues.

3 Ensure your last day is well planned

It’s usually a good idea to have very few activities for the last day because you don’t want to plan anything that might cause you to miss your flight. You should also remember that you may be forced to check out of your hotel way earlier than your flight therefore you need to arrange with the hotel for a place to keep your luggage. Ensure that you pack the night before and not on the last day so that you don’t end up forgetting some things.

4 Familiarize yourself with the public transport system

On many occasions, it’s usually way cheaper to use public transport systems like trains and buses as compared to taxis or car rental services. Therefore, if you are looking to cut down on your costs, do some early research on the public transport system of the destination you are traveling to so that by the time you get there, you are familiar with how it works and so that you can make good use of it.

You will realize that when you have these things figured out early, you will have a more productive travel and you will even find yourself with more time and money to enjoy your stay.

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3 common travel problems you are likely to encounter

3 common travel problems you are likely to encounter

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Whenever you plan a travel, it’s always your wish that everything goes smoothly however you may end up encountering unfortunate events that are out of your control. It’s therefore a good idea to be well prepared in case you find yourself facing such situations.

In this article, we’ll look at 3 common travel problems you are likely to encounter.

1 Losing your passport

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There’s nothing as bad as losing your passport when in a foreign land because that’s usually your primary proof of identity and evidence that you are in country legally. Often, you could have simply misplaced your passport or it may have been stolen. In the event this happens, you need to immediately retrace your steps and see whether you will find your passport and if you don’t, then you need to immediately inform the local authorities that your passport is lost, then immediately make your way to your embassy to make an application for an emergency passport. You have to keep in mind that you may have to cut your trip short because emergency passports are only valid for a limited time.

2 Missing your flight

A series of unfortunate events may conspire to cause you to miss your flight or it may just be the result of your own poor planning. Either way, it’s never a pleasant experience missing your flight for whatever reason. Generally, it’s always a good idea to act fast before the flight departs as this may save you from incurring a financial cost. It’s always a good idea to call the airline as soon as you anticipate missing the flight so that you can be rescheduled on the next available flight. If you wait till late to inform the airline then you are likely to be fined.

3 Losing your luggage

It’s common for airlines to misplace passengers’ luggage however if you are well prepared for such a scenario, then tracing your luggage won’t be too much of a hustle. It’s always important that anytime you check-in your luggage, you must ensure that the baggage claim receipt has been well kept because it’s what you will need to produce if you want quick help in tracing your luggage. Otherwise without it, this is going to be a process you will not want to go through again.

As long as you anticipate any of these problems happening and you have an action plan for them, you are likely to reduce the negative consequences. However, if they get you completely unaware and not ready, then these may end up being really bad experiences.

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5 essential items you need when travelling

5 essential items you need when travelling

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When packing for a travel it’s often a bit of a tough task knowing items that are essential for your travel especially when you are going to a destination that you may not be well familiar with. You may opt not to carry some items because you are confident you will find them at your destination only to get a huge shocker that they aren’t available.

In this article, we’re going to look at 5 essential items you need when travelling.

Good quality earplugs

When going on a long flight, good quality earplugs are definitely a must have especially if you are not one for sleep during flights. These come very much in handy when you need to block off the aircraft noise which is never easy getting used to.

Always carry a hat

When travelling to whichever destination whether you anticipate rain or sunshine, you can never go wrong with a hat. A good hat that has been designed to withstand the elements can not only be a nice fashion accessory but it can also offer some good utility value by offering you cover against excess sunshine or even protect your head from rain.

You need a universal adapter plug

Keeping in mind that different countries have a preference for different socket designs and it’s not standard globally, you need to carry with you a universal adapter plug lest you find yourself unable to charge your electronic devices once you get to your destination.

You need zip-lock plastic bags

You may often need to separate your items for one reason or the other, maybe the leaky ones, the wet from dry, or the clean from unclean. This is where the zip-lock plastic bags come very much in handy during your travel.

You need superglue

Things tend to pick the worst time to get broken and that’s why superglue is a necessity when travelling. Your shoe’s sole may come off, your suitcase may tear, or any other thing may come undone. Superglue becomes very essentially in putting things back together.

The beauty is that these are pretty small items that won’t take much space in your suitcase therefore you really have no excuse for not carrying them with you.

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Here are 4 easy ways to avoid missing your connecting flights

Here are 4 easy ways to avoid missing your connecting flights

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Missing connecting flights is often inevitable for most travellers and it can often be because of their own mistakes or mistakes on the side of the airline. Whichever the case, there are a number of remedies that can minimize the occurrence of missing that very important connecting flight.

In this article, we’ll look at 4 easy ways to avoid missing your connecting flights.

1 Avoid very tight connections

This is the most basic rule when booking flights with a connection or two, you must at all costs avoid very tight connections. If you are doing domestic travel then the connection should be at least 2 hours apart and for international travel it should be at least 3 hours. This gives you ample time for security clearance, navigating through a big and/or new airport, and any other unforeseen delays.

2 If you can, go for the first flight of the day

Statistics indicate that the flights with the least number of delays are the first flights of the day which are often very early morning flights. Therefore, if you want to minimize the probability of missing those very important flight connections, then you better plan for the morning flights.

3 Have the airport map with you

Connections will often take you to airports you may not be familiar with therefore it’s a good idea for you to download a map of the airport so that once you land, you will find it more easier to navigate therefore allowing you to get to the relevant gate in a short time therefore saving precious time.

4 Download the airline app

It’s also a good idea to download the airport app so that you can easily communicate with the airline as well as access flight information. If you anticipate being late, through the app you can easily reschedule the flight. Also, if there are delays or reschedules, you can easily be able to get an update right from the app.

These are pretty easy practices to adopt and if you make them a habit, you can be guaranteed that the next time you miss your connection it will be the airlines fault and not your own.

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Top 5 reasons travelers miss connecting flights

Top 5 reasons travelers miss connecting flights

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One of the most common occurrences during travel is the missing of connecting flights by travellers and this is often a devastating experience because it can be very costly in terms of both time and money. Missing a flight often results in a whole chain of events because it may also mean missing a very important meeting or event.

In this article, we are going to look at the top 5 reasons travellers miss connecting flights.

1 Misreading documents

It’s very common for people to misread their travel documents such as the flight receipt or ticket. Travellers will often either misread the date, time, or the gate where they are meant to board their connecting flight.

2 Changes in the flight schedule

Flight schedules will often change for one reason or the other however, changes to the schedule of one flight let’s say your first flight, may not affect the schedule of the connecting flight therefore meaning that you will end up missing your connection.

3 Traffic delays

Some travellers like cutting it too close by not anticipating traffic whereas others anticipate traffic but end up encountering a worse traffic than they had planned for and this will often result in the missing of flights.

4 Problem with travel documents

A number of passengers will often get delayed at the airport security clearance because of issues with their passports such as expired passports, mutilated passports, lack of an entry visa and so on. Such delays at the airport may lead to missing of a connecting flight.

5 Poor timing

Flights will often require passengers to check in between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on the destination. However when planning their connecting flights, passengers may forget to factor this in including time for security checks and navigating through the airport. This poor timing may lead to missing your connection.

It’s however important to note that when you anticipate that you are going to miss your flight you need to quickly call the airline and notify them so that they can reschedule your flights and this will not attract any penalties.

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