Our favorite travel hacks to calm your nerves!
by Alicia & Rusk Elatassi
This episode was inspired by a New York Times article about post-pandemic travel etiquette. Since the pandemic, the travel industry has changed drastically, with there being fewer workers, different systems, and an overall less efficient experience than you might be used to. But if you want to continue traveling, it’s important to acknowledge the changes and hardships the industry is going through and adapt to them in order to have the most pleasant experience possible. As for airport etiquette, think twice about getting those cheap fares. If nobody volunteers to get bumped off of your flight, your chances of getting bumped are higher the cheaper you paid for your ticket. It’s more reliable to get tickets directly from the airline, as third party sources generally have the cheap tickets. You’re also more likely to get bumped if you arrive late. It’s also beneficial to book flights early in the morning because the weather is generally clearer and less likely to be delayed or canceled. Take a direct flight instead of a layover, and if you are taking a layover make sure you have at least 3 hours in between to account for potential delays or other issues.
Before leaving for your destination, it’s beneficial to really learn about the country you’re going to and not expect your American etiquette to apply there. Be adaptable! Be open-minded! Your destination should be worth more than the potential stress from travel.
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