9 Best Travel Tips to Survive 2022 Travel Chaos – VOGUE India | Gmx Pharm

Be neurotic early on

Let’s start with the cardinal of best travel tips: get to the airport earlier than usual (i.e. at least three hours before your flight) and check in online whenever possible to avoid standing in more queues than you really have to. If you can afford it (or have miles/points saved), now is the time to upgrade too. Not only can you skip the lines, you can also head to a lounge in the event of a delay instead of replaying the terminal on a dingy metal bench.

Keep luggage to a minimum

Only go with hand luggage. Nothing spoils a holiday quite like your luggage is MIA and with the general state of airports at the moment the likelihood of suitcases going missing is higher than ever. We’re adoring fans of Away’s The Carry-On, which is compact enough to meet size requirements – including budget airlines – but roomy enough for everything you might need. Bonus points for the portable USB charger built into the design, a godsend when you’re stuck at a gate with a dying iPhone and no outlet in sight. If you absolutely must stow a bag, consider an AirTag as an extra precaution—especially if you’re carrying valuables. You can even get the Apple devices in one of the classic Hermès luggage tags.

Use any delays to empty your inbox

Most of us are guilty of boarding a plane with unfinished business hanging over us and at least 72 messages clogging our Gmail. Take the opportunity to ensure you get a reasonable break from work; Order a latte, crouch by your gate and tie up any loose ends before you ramp up the wheels. Inbox 0 may be a pipe dream, but at least you can turn off urgent tasks.

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have backup plans

If you’re worried about your flights being cancelled, decide in advance whether to postpone your holiday or book a stay instead. Most bosses should be flexible about letting you work your scheduled OOO days in the event of a travel nightmare, but a courtesy email beforehand should give you peace of mind. Otherwise, make sure you have back-up plans at home.

Choose your reading material wisely

You will never finish Ulysses while I was at Heathrow. Instead, stock up on literary page-turners that will catch your eye even in a painfully crowded Starbucks: the girls by Emma Cline, Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt are all good starting points.

Do your homework

If you’re someone who has always taken a more laissez-faire approach to vacation planning, a travel delay gives you a second chance to do some research before you travel. Those who prefer analogue travel guides should bring a compact but indispensable directory that offers a bird’s eye view of various cities. Digital natives, on the other hand, can browse brilliant, design-driven recommendations from locals or plan their itinerary with an app. This is also a good moment to learn some basic words and phrases in your host country’s language or languages; You’ll never be fluent in Italian with Duolingo, but you might learn how to say “hello,” “goodbye,” and “more gelato, please” in the hour you wait for your flight.

Make a wise investment or two

Impulse shopping at a duty free shop is generally a mistake, but if you have a few hours to browse and are in the market for designer sunglasses or a classic handbag, take advantage. Just google before you hand in your AmEx; Not all duty-free items are necessarily cheaper than their home equivalent.

Put your Netflix subscription to good use

There’s no more reason to suffer from mediocre inflight entertainment. Download your favorite Netflix titles to watch without WiFi through the streaming giant’s app, starting with travel or food documentaries relevant to your vacation. Ugly delicious, Chef’s table and street food are all awesome. Podcasts are another great option to while away a few hours or — if you’re feeling completely overwhelmed — to temporarily escape field recordingscomposed of natural sounds recorded by audiophiles everywhere, from the frozen waters of Svalbard to the tropical rainforests of Congo.

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