Let us put "JOY" in your travel!
For those that have to travel overseas regularly on business or as part of their regular routine, they will tell you that the most frustrating things about the journey tend to happen while at the airport.
There is just something about having to queue for this and that, waiting around for hours on end, with a sense of helplessness that you are truly in the hands of fate with how this is going to end up.
From having to get up at all hours of the morning and night, making sure not to forget anything and then making the dash to the airport to catch the flight, everything seems to be going at such a frantic pace. Therefore, a different perspective would be welcome as to ways to ensure the situation doesn’t always have to end up in so much of an ordeal.
To get through this necessary process as stress-free and smoothly as possible it is best to plan ahead. By this we mean that you can’t always be working at 100 miles an hour without something going wrong. If you take a step back and organize your trip a bit better, while you still cannot account for delays and any jobs-worth airport staff, you can try to create a more harmonious situation that in the past.
Start by packing your things well in advance, maybe even days before if this is possible. Get everything you need for the trip ready beforehand, so all you need to do when your alarm goes off is hop into the shower, get changed and wait for the airport taxi to arrive.
When you get to the airport earlier than usual, you can get into line without the need to rush. Once all your luggage has been processed by the airline staff, you can go through passport control with plenty of time to spare. Although there is still going to be some time to kill, at least you can grab some breakfast and a coffee, taking the opportunity to read the news or the book you are reading.
If you are using your laptop to catch up on some stuff, it might be worthwhile considering booking your airport transfer taxi service in advance of your arrival in the destination city. This can save a lot of bother at the other end as you no longer have to jostle with other passengers to hail a cab.
Once your flight has been called, you can then pack all your things away and amble along to the departure gate, without feeling that this is just yet another section of a never-ending relay race.
Gaye Sampson is a regular air travel and has some useful tips for a stress-free journey, writing for Michael Devine Chauffeur Services Ltd