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6 Ways to Make Your Flight Smoother

Traveling is fun. There’s nothing as awesome as walking on exotic beaches, going sightseeing with members of the family and enjoying the ambiance of rich culture and history. But before you get enough of the thrill of travel you have to face the hassles of getting to your destination by plane.

The long queues, the non-stop security checks and the tense atmosphere at the airport can rob you off the joy and excitement of traveling. However there’s a way around it all. What if I told you that you could have a smooth stress-free flight?

 

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Here are 6 ways you can make that happen.

 

  1. Scout for credit cards that give better seats at affordable rates (or even for free)

There are a lot of credit cards that provide exclusive freebies for their customers. If you’re the type who travels often, getting the right credit card will help open you to a lot of opportunities. One of such opportunities is better seats on the airplane.

Based on your spending on the credit card, you’re given points at every purchase. These points could help secure for you amazing discounts and even offer you a seat for free. Make sure you check what travel benefits your credit card can offer you.

 

  1. Bypass the long queue at security checks

The wait at security checks can be a nightmare where you’re asked to take off your shoes and belts and remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on bag.  The process is long, slow and cumbersome.

However there’s a security programme that allows for quick checks. When you apply for Global Entry, you’re receive PreCheck which will help speed up the whole process of security checks at the airport. So instead of taking off your shoes and waiting in a queue, you’ll have your fingerprints and passport scanned. And you’re done!

 

  1. Keep the kids occupied

Unlike adults who can patiently bear delays, kids may not be as tolerant. Running after your kids while you take care of your travel arrangements can be quite a handful. The best way to deal with such a situation is to get your kids occupied.

Arm yourself with a tablet with videos, books and games your child can occupy themselves with. You don’t have to invest in an expensive tablet like the iPad, but you can opt for Leapfrog which is a cheaper alternative. It is also more educational. You should also have picture books, colouring books and crayons at the ready.

 

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  1. Order airport meals in advance

If you’re feeling a little peckish and you dread waiting for your order, then there’s a simple solution to the problem. Some airlines have apps that allow you to order your meal in advance so that you don’t have to stand in the queue to get your order. Once your order is ready, all you have to do is pick it up.

 

  1. Make sure that you’ve got trip delay coverage

Delays are inevitable when traveling. And you can never predict when you may be delayed. Thanks to some really nifty credit cards that provide trip delay coverage, you’re compensated for the delays. The credit card reimburses you for hotel rooms, missing luggage and even meals.

 

  1. Enjoy lounge access

There are a lot of places to lounge while you’re waiting for your flight. But oftentimes those spots are crowed and the customer service is not all that great. Some credit cards provide you with access to lounges that are more comfortable with better customer service and you won’t have to pay the annual membership fee to enjoy what the lounge has to offer.

 

How do you make sure your flight goes smoothly?

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Insider Tips on How to Travel Cheap

Is travelling to different countries on your bucket list? As much as I love travelling and all the wonderful experiences it brings, I must admit that it costs a lot. But the more determined I was to travel more frequently, the more I tried to find cheaper ways to make it happen.

Of course, staying at an Airbnb, booking flights in advance and travelling during the off seasons helped me to cut back on travel expenses. However, I did come across some really nifty inside tips that made a huge difference.

 

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Go all inclusive

A travel tip is to go all inclusive when book your trip. This way you will as save so much money on dining out, but still get the dining out experience, since the hotel’s restaurants will be included in your package. If you are after a relaxing holiday, where you won’t have to worry about where or what to eat, then go all inclusive and save money and time. You can find these packages on  www.markwarner.co.uk/family-holidays

 

Get flight alerts

What if there was something that could monitor when air fares drop? Google Flights is just the thing that gives you airfares in real-time. You also get alerts of the cheapest air tickets and get notified when the air fares drop.

Google Flights gives you the option to type in your departure and arrival and instantly know the cheapest airfare on the calendar. That way you know exactly when you can travel at a lower rate.

 

Subscribe for an airline’s newsletter

I know how newsletters can be a huge menace in your inbox, but if you’re someone who wants to travel more at a cheaper rate then you should subscribe to an airline’s newsletter.

Usually airline newsletters give information about their flash sales, discounts, attractive deals and last-minute getaways. As a subscriber you get all those insider information that will give you the opportunity to travel cheaper.

Be a regular user of an airline

Being a regular user of an airline comes with great perks. It opens you to bonuses, upgrades and waived baggage fees and excellence seat choices. All those help you save hundreds of pounds off your travel expenses and give you a better travel experience.

Is there a particular airline you keep using? Find out what opportunities are available to you now as a regular customer of that airline.

 

 

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Get an airline credit card

This is for those who aren’t frequent flyers but would still like to enjoy cheaper airfares and great deals.

Some airlines offer credit cards that come with bonuses that will help you save a lot on your travel fares just by signing up. You don’t necessarily have to use the airline credit card before you can enjoy the benefits. Just having the card has its advantages.

Go to non-tourist spots

Popular tourist spots are always expensive and they attract millions of people every year. But you can still enjoy the best from the country of your choice when you go to the non-tourist spots. Plus, it’s so much easier on the pocket. You can save a lot of money going to non-tourist spots. Most times such places give you a deeper experience of the country you’re thinking of travelling to.

Travel on the cheapest days

Not many people know this trick but airfares are not the same every day. There are certain days in the year called the “dead week” when travelling is so much cheaper. Take advantage of those days to book your flight and save a lot from your airfare.

 

Do you have any travel tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

What to Pack for a Holiday with a Baby or Toddler

Going away as a family is bound to create lots of memories you’ll remember for years to come. But it’s always those things you’d rather forget that keep being brought up again and again. No need to cringe every time you think about Sally’s nappy explosion where you were left nappy-less and unprepared. You won’t be covering your face at the memory of Jimmy having a full-blown meltdown by the pool because he’s finally remember his teddy is thousands of miles away on another continent. Why? Because we’ve thought of all those items you need to pack when going on holiday with a baby or toddler.

 

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How to Entertain Your Children Abroad

Going to a new place is exciting. Admittedly, though, a short attention span means your child may be less enthused by the idea of a new place with endless adventure. We don’t understand either. So it’s a good idea to pack a few essentials. Include their favourite toys, as they’ll likely be wailing for it as soon as you touchdown on foreign soil. You should also buy a few new toys. New toys will have a longer lifetime before they’re unceremoniously labelled boring and discarded.

For hot locations, why not buy cheap water guns? Sets of figurines of their favourite characters or cars are also great for something that doesn’t take up too much space but offers hours of fun. In dire situations, just give them the iPad. Loading up a tablet with games and films is a great way to occupy during the flight. Turns out it’s just as good when they’re driving you mad and you just want 10 minutes of peace to lie in the sun.

 

Be Prepared with Kids Clothing

Don’t take any chances. Accidents happen and that’s why you might find yourself packing an extra top for yourself. When it comes to kids, accidents happen quite a lot. When it comes to packing, squeeze in as many extra outfits as you can, as well as nappies – or pants if you’re in the midst of the joy that is potty training. It also goes without saying that you should pack those few additional items for yourself, too. Because who knows, their accident may be one they’d like to share, and you want to avoid washing at all costs whilst on your relaxing (?) family holiday.

 

Take Baby Food on Holiday

Realistically you may only be thinking as far ahead as the flight in terms of what you can and can’t take, but you should also look beyond security checks and restrictions. Especially when travelling with a baby, formula milk and baby food might not be as accessible in the country you’re visiting, or it may not agree with your child. Depending on what stage you’re at, it’s likely best to cater for the worst-case scenario and ensure you’ve brought supplies so your child doesn’t go hungry.

Bring jars of baby food, easily tucked and protected in the folds of your clothes in hold luggage, as well as enough formula milk to see you through. If you’re concerned about luggage allowance, you can always click and collect at a branch within the airport. By click and collecting, it also means you can benefit from great savings using websites like Discount Promo Codes on Boots or Superdrug orders. Get money off your online order but benefit from the ease of picking up right when you need it.

 

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Remember to Take a Pram

You may ‘um’ and ‘ah’ about whether or not to take the pram away with you, especially if you have a toddler. Future you will be grateful though if you just bite the bullet and take it. It’s worth calling ahead if you’re staying in a hotel to see if they provide them, but if not you’ll be prepared for a tired sensitive toddler and avoid walking at a snail’s pace at the hottest point of the day. When it comes to extra charges in your luggage allowance, it’s worth taking a look at the airline you’re flying with. For example, EasyJet allows you to take two items free of charge when travelling with under 5s, from pushchairs to car seats and other options. British Airways also allows you to take a pushchair for free with your checked baggage.

 

What Swimming Essentials Do You Need for Your Child?

It would be a nightmare to forget your swimming essentials. No one goes abroad and doesn’t make the most of the pool facilities. With a little one, there are a number more items needed than just your swimming cossie. For babies, you’ll likely want to bring their swim float. You can buy rings that they’re able to comfortably sit and bob along in. For toddlers, arm bands give them some independence as they splash around in the pool. It also goes without saying to stock up on swimming nappies. No one wants to be evacuating the pool in a hurry and, much like regular nappies, you’ll have more peace of mind knowing you’re well supplied rather than risking seeing what you can pick up whilst you’re away.

When travelling with little ones, the main piece of advice to stick to is to come prepared. We can all collectively agree mum’s are better off being overpacked and overprepared than left in a sticky situation – quite literally. Make the most of the weight allowance you have and even ensure you’re getting the most out of your hand luggage, too. Sacrificing an extra pair of your shoes is a worthy loss to avoid a Sally poo-nami after all.

What do you pack for a holiday with a baby to toddler? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

 

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