Since 2013 Luggage Free has served countless travelers and partnered with thousands of travel advisors, tour companies, hotels, airlines, and other experts and influencers in the travel community. During that time, we’ve learned a few things. A lot of things actually. We’ve boiled them down here to just a few time saving tips, because saving time shouldn’t cost you days of research or hours of reading. We hope you enjoy these tried and true tips to making your travel life better!
An airport greeter is your key to achieving a seamless travel experience. They not only meet you at your gate when you land, but they are also extremely helpful when you have a tight connection – especially in confusing foreign airports. They can shuttle you from terminal to terminal the quickest, most efficient way and often have access to all fast pass lines. If your flight has any issues they can oversee and assist with flight delays and cancellations. Additionally, of the greatest benefits of hiring an airport greeter is that they can help expedite your wait at customs and immigration at most airports throughout the world.
One of the biggest headaches in travel today is simply getting through some of the many bottle necks – chiefly security and, when applicable, customs and immigration. Memberships to programs like CLEAR, TSA Pre, and Global Entry expedite all of these pain points, allowing you to spend less time at the airport (or worse, at the airport – in line) and more time on vacation. Even when traveling on a premium ticket these memberships can save you time in line.
If hauling your bags to the airport and getting through security is one of the biggest headaches in travel, checking luggage and waiting at baggage carousel is a close second. Airlines are also constantly changing weight and size restrictions for carry on luggage, and tacking on hefty fees for anything in excess. To avoid this hassle seasoned travelers ship their luggage ahead of them and travel light.
Even in a pressurized cabin, the atmosphere in planes is the equivalent of being many meters above sea level. This is why you’re quicker to dehydrate, and why alcohol has a stronger effect than usual. Add in time changes, and flying can be really hard on your system. Experts counteract this by laying off the booze, which magnifies dehydration and instead load up on water, while eating light and stimulating circulation by exercising before, after, and even during a flight.
Even if you are the most seasoned traveler, chances are you don’t do it for a living. Consider hiring a travel advisor to get inside knowledge of where and how you’re traveling. They constantly have their finger on the pulse of new travel trends, pitfalls, and travel hacks. They also have connections with transportation, dining, and attraction providers, which can save astute travelers time and often money.