5 Airline Travel Tips by Frequent Flyers

In the movie, "Up in the Air," George Clooney's character Ryan Bingham was the ultimate example of an efficient traveler. With flight delays, baggage fees and lost luggage becoming more common, what can traveling executives learn from Bingham and real-life frequent flyers? Here are five expert travel tips to help you fly more efficiently and reduce stress when on the road. 

  1. Know the facts about your destination. The first step to increasing your flying efficiency is to know the facts about where you're going and what you'll be doing. Is the trip for work, pleasure or both? What will the weather be during your stay? How many meetings and formal and informal events will you be attending? This information will inform what you need to bring and how you pack.

Tips For Enjoying a Long Flight

Nothing is worse than boarding a plane for a long flight and dreading it. The dread you feel helps to make the hours longer and the flight miserable. However, by taking time to prepare for a long plane ride, the time goes faster and you feel better when you get off the plane. Follow these tips for enjoying your next plane trip. Many people look forward to sleeping throughout their entire flight. However, this may not be possible for everyone. By taking the items necessary for passing the time, dozing off is easier. Take along a pillow and always make sure you take a thick sweater in case the air conditioning is too cold for you. Resting on a plane is better when you are comfortable.

Your waking hours during along flight can be gruesome when all you have to do is stare out the window. Take an Mp3 player for listening to your favorite music and throw in a hand held video game for even more entertainment. You might be surprised at how fast time flies when you are into a game and listening to music. Reading can help to pass time as well. Consider the titles you have been waiting to read and have not yet found the opportunity to do so. The perfect time for reading is while flying long distance. Gather the books you would like to read and take them on the plane with you. This is also a great time to complete any written work you may have if you are in school or your job requires it.