Traveling is one of the most enlightening and rich experiences we can have. It also comes with a fair share of unseen drama, delays, and headaches. As someone who only started traveling about 14 months ago, I wanted to share my top tips for traveling; especially from the US to Europe.
1. Don’t Risk Running Late for an International Flight:
It’s not a joke. Sure, on a Southwest jaunt from LA to Vegas you can pop into the airport 30 minutes before your flight, but international flights really do board earlier than domestic flights and checking in bags have a cut-off time. Airlines often only have a few flights going to a destination each day so if you miss it, you really miss it.
2. Skip the Hair Extensions
Nine times out of ten, when I have my clip-in hair extensions in walking through the security check, I will get stopped for an additional pat-down or metal detector scan. It’s best to go extension free because they can be especially uncomfortable trying to sleep on the plane. Plus, you don’t want to freak out the person next to you taking out your clip-in extensions while he’s trying to enjoy a mid-flight Ginger Ale.
3. Your Bag is Too Heavy? No Problem.
When you fly international flights, they are very strict with the weight of your bag. If you are 1 Kilo over; it can cost $100. Take out the magazines, books, and jewelry which are usually weight killers and stuff them into your purse. Transfer the weight. Is your carryon over weight now? Start putting on all of your jewelry. You’ll look ridiculous, but they’ll understand and not want to waste more time. Your bag will go through.
4. Learn Hello, Goodbye and Thank You
If learning new languages isn’t your forte, I can relate. I’m trying to learn German now and it’s making my high-school Spanish class look like a breeze. But I highly advise learning at least the very basics in each country you’re visiting. Especially in Europe, where every few hours, you’re in a new country with a new language.
5. Fly Pretty
I hate red-eye flights or any flight over 7 hours. I take a nap and when I wake up my skin feels like burnt toast with a layer of butter on it. Makeup looks cakey, your skin feels dehydrated and you would take a shower over a any pair of heels you’ve been lusting over. Always be prepped on planes with a ‘glam pack’ including lotion, a toothbrush, a bit of face-wash, a facial spray and definitely chapstick. My favorite is actually an oldie, but goodie – Vaseline lip therapy.
Enjoy your summer travels! ~xoDale