To arrive safely at your travel destination, you need to check if there are any travel restrictions that could potentially impact your work trip or holiday. When you are planning your trip, there are some things that will make your journey more pleasant, and more importantly, won’t cost you additional money. To ensure your journey is smooth, we’ve prepared some travel tips to make airport checks breezy so that when you arrive at your travel destination, you’ll be ready to tackle your travel adventures with gusto.
From travel restrictions to travel destinations: the do’s and don’t for hassle-free travel
Tips and Tricks to get you to your desired travel destination!
Choose your seat early
If you are going on a long trip, of more than 4 hours, booking early allows you to choose your seat. No one likes sitting in the middle, so if you prefer the window seat or the aisle seat, book it earlier than later. If you are traveling with children, you can also choose the seat with extra leg room for that additional bit of comfort in the sky.
Book an early morning flight
Early morning flights are often cheaper! Not only that, you avoid those stressful airport crowds. If you are traveling in the same time zone, an early flight also allows you to arrive early at your travel destination so you will have more time in the day to do some sightseeing and planning.
Download offline maps
Gone are the days of buying map books or printing routes to help us navigate our way to our travel destination. These days, if you don’t know if you will have WiFi when you land, Google Maps allows you to download maps offline so that when you arrive, you will know exactly where to go.
Pack your food
Everyone gets a little hungry at the airport, and we all know that airport snacks are not cheap. Packing lunch and snacks at home will definitely save you some money and you won’t have the fear of being stranded between destinations with nothing to eat.
Extra layers? Who me?
OK, so this is a sneaky one. If your airline has certain travel restrictions like making you pay for excess weight, then why not wear your extra items? Be sure not to go overboard, but a couple of extra sweaters will surely go unnoticed. Not only that, sitting for a long time in an air-conditioned airplane can become unpleasant and how many times have you wished that you brought that extra sweater?
The Empty Bottle Trick
You will be stopped at airport security if you have any type of liquid that contains more than 100 milliliters. That means face creams, aftershave gels, perfume bottles and even toothpaste has to be packed into smaller travel containers. Everyone gets thirsty while traveling, so one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to have water board the plane with you is by bringing an empty bottle and refilling it after you have passed security.
5 Places where travel is completely restricted!
1. Surtsey Island, Iceland
Surtsey Island is known for being the newest island on earth and it keeps on growing! It was formed during a volcanic eruption that lasted for four years. Only a few have set foot on this island because it is only open for geologists and scientists who are researching the terrain. The island is forbidden to tourists and that’s just what makes it all the more intriguing!
2. Lascaux Caves, France
This cave was closed to the public in 1963. Only a few archeologists have gazed upon these pre-historic paintings which are estimated to be 17,000 years old. The walls of the cave depict cattle, stags, bison and many other animals which look like they are dancing in the glow of the lights. The cave was discovered in 1940 by an 18-year old man when out on a walk, his dog fell into the hole of the underground cave.
3. North Sentinel Island, India
It may look like a patch of remote paradise, but you would be lucky enough to get a glimpse of this island from a plane, because travel to it is strictly forbidden. It is home to a Sentinelese tribe which have been reported to get very violent to protect themselves from intruders. The tribe has lived on the island for 50,000 years and is protected by the Indian Government. It is considered the most dangerous island in the world.
4. Tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China
The tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has been hidden deep underneath a pyramid for more than 2,000 years. While you can look at it from the top, the tomb has not yet been excavated.It has been a mystery for historians and archaeologists for centuries because the Chinese Government has prohibited the tomb to be opened to honor the ancient site. The tomb is predominantly sealed and it is believed that the Emperor was buried with his prized belongings, ones that he would need in the afterlife.
5. Snake Island, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande or ‘Snake Island’ is a small island of only 43 hectares. It is estimated that there is one snake per square meter on the island. The snakes got trapped on the island due to rising sea levels that connected the island the mainland and were able to adjust to their environment quickly. It is an island where travel is restricted… for obvious reasons.