25 flights in One Year – How to survive constant travel

In the year 2015 I flew 25 times. Most of these flights were from Boston to Prague, but there were a couple of awesome new destinations, like Turkey. Spending so much time on airplanes can be difficult, so here are some travel tips that might make traveling a little easier.

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What to bring

  • Travel documents
  • Neck pillow
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Book/magazines
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Extra battery/charger or both
  • Adapter
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Warm sweater
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Pens – for immigrations forms
  • Face cream
  • Hairbrush for airplane hair

 

Pack all this in a carry-on bag that won’t break – purses with broken straps are not fun when you’ve got a 10 hour journey ahead of you.

Bonus tip: if you’re going on vacation or traveling with an airline that’s famous for losing luggage, have one complete outfit ready in your carry on, possibly a bathing suit (again, if you’re going on vacation) so that in case your luggage does get lost, you can still enjoy your first day at your destination.

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Airport

  • Get there early! Don’t get too cocky, you never know what can go wrong
  • Have all of your documents ready for check-in and passport control
  • Have all of your belongings ready for security check, so have all of your liquids in a plastic bag and have your laptop out
  • Don’t wear jewelry, so you don’t have to take everything off at security

On flight

  • Watch movies – great time to catch up on what you have missed
  • Be polite! The flight attendants will be even nicer to you if you ask them politely
  • FLUIDS! HYDRATION!
  • Bring a snack in case the airplane food is less than desirable
  • Every once in a while, stretch (but not so that you annoy your co-travelers)

Jet lag

  • Sleep on the plane
  • Hydrate
  • Try not to nap after you get to your destination, it will just make it more difficult to get used to the local time

I hope these tips are useful! Add more of your own tips in the comments!

 


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Lufthansa: wine, movies, and travel

IMG_6938In December I flew with Lufthansa from Boston to Prague. It was my third time flying with them and I’ve never had any issues. I’m not exactly loyal to Lufthansa, but I do prefer it over other airlines, because I have never had a problem with them. Here are some of my experiences from the flight:

 

Pre-Flight

The pre-flight process went very well without any issues. Like always, I checked in online the day before so that I wouldn’t run into any problems at the airport. Boarding took a while, because they started pre-boarding, which was longer than usual, then let in business, then premium and finally they let the rest of the passengers on by rows. I understand that this was for organizational purposes, but it felt like it took forever.

 

Flight

The flight went well. It was pretty smooth with just a little bit of a turbulence at the beginning of the flight. The flight attendants were very friendly and helpful with anything I needed. Also, the bathrooms were on another floor of the plane, which was something I have never seen before. Most importantly, they were kept clean the whole time, which is an issue on many flights.

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TIP: bring noise canceling headphones if you are planning on sleeping. I didn’t have them and there were two babies crying for two hours straight.

 

Food

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The food itself was ok. It wasn’t the best, but then again I have gluten-free food, which always seems to a little worse than normal food. At least this time I got cheese with my meal, unlike other times :) Lufthansa always has good wine, which they refill throughout the meal time, which I really appreciated. Also, after the meal they offered brandy and cognac as well as coffee and tea.

 

In-flight entertainment

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Lufthansa has awesome in-flight entertainment. There were a lot of movie and tv show choices. For movies there were a lot of recently released movies, but also a lot of old classics, for example they had every Bond movie made. They had up to ten episodes of some TV shows, like Parks and Recreation, which added a nice variety to the mix of movies and also helped me kill even more time.

 

Overall I was quite satisfied with this flight, even though it got a little long, especially with crying babies, the service was pleasant and the flight attendants were very helpful. I would definitely recommend Lufthansa to anyone traveling long distances, because they try to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

 


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