Most people like to travel, but they don’t really enjoy the process. That is to say, people enjoy reaching destinations, sometimes even if it’s just a work trip, but most of us find the idea of getting to the airport, meandering through security, and sitting through a flight to be boring at best, and stressful at worst. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are occasional issues that get in the way of a smooth travel experience, and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it. But for the most part, traveling is only as stressful as we make it. And with some of these methods, you can make it a lot more relaxing and enjoyable.
Get To The Airport In Style
Forget about making a friend stress out over getting you to the terminal on time, or relying on a taxi or Uber to do the same. These can be the most convenient and affordable means of getting to the airport, but they often wind up being the most stressful as well. Next time you travel, think about looking into a luxury car service instead. Sure, it might cost a little bit more, but you’ll get the benefits of a professional driver who shows up on time and a comfortable, luxurious car to put you at ease on your way to the airport. It’s a small perk in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a brilliant way to kick off a trip in a relaxing and efficient manner.
Look Into Travel Pillows
Yes, these look ridiculous exactly 100 percent of the time. But should that really matter if they make you more comfortable on the plane? Travel pillows are designed specifically to help you find a cozier position in a seat that’s notoriously cramped and uncomfortable (meaning most any seat on a normal plane), and most of them are pretty affordable. They’re a little awkward to lug around the airport sometimes, but that’s well worth it if the result is that you avoid neck pain, or even manage to grab an hour’s worth of sleep at 30,000 feet.
Load Up On Reading Material
Gone are the days when you had to weigh down a backpack with physical novels in order to be able to read on the plane. Nowadays you can load up on material electronically. The easiest way is to invest in a Kindle or tablet that can store books and magazines – but even that isn’t completely necessary. If you really want to keep things light, you can download articles on a phone, or even simply open up some articles to read later. These days, you can find full-fledged literature in your browser, such as fan fiction, specifically themed stories, and even LitRPG blurbs that combine fan fiction with popular games. There are so many options you’re virtually certain to find something you like, and you can have it all set up to read during the flight.
Load Up On Video Content
Similarly, you might also consider stocking up on a movie or a few episodes of a show to watch to pass the time. This would actually have been tricky a few years ago, but now some of the most popular streaming services are actually offering temporary downloads so that content can be enjoyed without WiFi. That means if you know in advance what you might enjoy watching, you can download it on Netflix to your phone or tablet before the flight, and tune in as soon as you’re at cruising altitude. Not a bad way to spend a flight!