Short Haul Flights
More people than ever now travel by air every year. Far away destinations such as South Africa, Australia and Thailand are offering even better value for holidaymakers than many traditional European hotspots.
Flights to cheap destinations such as Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and Turkey are available every day and shopping around allows holidaymakers a flexible holiday in Europe.
Mid Haul Flights
Mid haul destinations such as New York, Dubai and Sharm el Sheik good destinations for holidaymakers who want to restrict travel time to eight hours.
Business-class flight prices do not tend to fluctuate quite as much as economy flights throughout the year. Airlines also tend to increase their fares the later you book and they sell only a limited number of discounted seats, so be early booking your cheap flights.
Long Haul Flights
With more flights and more airports to fly to, people are finding it cheaper and easier to fly to exotic destinations. Travelling to the other side of the world can be stressful and exhausting. Below are some tips to avoid the stress of long haul flights.
1. Compare Flights and Airlines
The Internet is an excellent resource and discovering which airline offers the most leg room, in-flight entertainment and quality of food is readily available direct from the airlines websites. Singapore Airlines offers its economy passengers latest blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and interactive games. Every seat on Virgin Atlantic has its own seatback TV with a choice of channels and its own video games console with up to 35 games.
2. Flight Arrivals:
On a long haul flight you will usually be expected to check in 2 hours in advance, however it always pays to arrive a little earlier as most people arrive at this time. Spending 3 hours in the departures lounge with good seats is better than 3 hours lining up and being separated from the rest of your party. Check with the airline website before your flight as you may be able to reserve seats, and order meals before you arrive at the airport.
3. Enjoy the Flight:
Keep occupied on your flight. If you want to read a book a good tip is to start reading a day or so before so you are already immersed into the story. Do not drink excess amounts of alcohol. Due to the dry atmosphere of cabins and recycled air, dehydration occurs. 12 hours before your flight drink lots of water to combat this. Take advantage of travel accessories like travel pillows and eye masks.
4. Stay Healthy:
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs in roughly 3 out of 1000 people under the age of 40 up and 1 in a few hundred aged 80 and over.
While it is difficult to be certain what the exact causes of travel-related DVT are, experts agree that lack of exercise or immobility are major underlying risks. Reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis by:
1. Get comfortable in your seat and recline as much as possible.
2. Wear loose fitting clothing.
3. Store your hand lugguage in the overhead lockers to keep the room under the seat in front of you free.
4. Bend and straighten your legs, feet and toes while seated every half-hour or so during the flight.
5. Press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor or foot-rest to increase the blood flow in your legs and reduce clotting.
6. Do upper body and breathing exercises to further improve circulation take occasional short walks around the cabin, whilst the aircraft is cruising at altitude.
7. Take advantage of refuelling stopovers where it may be possible to get off the plane and walk about.
8. Drink a reasonable amount of water.
9. Avoid alcohol, which in excess leads to dehydration and immobility.
10. Avoid taking sleeping pills, which also cause inertia.