July 08, 2019
The buzz of people in the airport. The roar of the engine as you get ready for takeoff. From overhead a voice says “This is your Captain speaking, welcome aboard”. Cruising 35,000 feet up in the sky, heading somewhere fun, maybe warm and tropical even? Traveling can be a lot of fun, but if you don’t do it often, it can seem overwhelming.
As a National Trainer for Simpson Property Group, I have the privilege of traveling all around the country to work with our amazing site teams. With all the travel my job requires, I’ve learned over the years that there are a few important things to keep in mind when considering your next trip.
1. Do your research: Flight prices change all the time and gone are the days of a simple “buy on Tuesday!” tip. I scour the internet for various flight options; Google Flights happens to my favorite.
2. Be flexible: Another reason I love Google Flights is that it helps me figure out where I want to go. You can pick your departure city and simply enter a country – for example “Europe” – into the search bar… you will then be shown hundreds of flight options and prices.
This is especially helpful if you’re on a budget. I recently flew from Denver to Paris nonstop for $250 just by being flexible with my travel dates and destination!
3. Read the fine print: Airlines, especially ones considered “budget airlines” can be tricky with their fee structures. Things like checking in at the airport, bringing a carry-on, checking a large bag or even simply picking your preferred seat can easily and quickly bring the price up on a deal you may have found. Always confirm baggage policies, check-in procedures and more before booking.
I personally love Southwest Airlines and choose them whenever possible; they are the most flexible airline with regards to changing flights in case my plans change, and they of course include two free checked bags. Now I don’t hesitate to bring that extra pair of shoes “just in case” 😊
Of course, there are a lot of tips, tricks and ideas out there; it’s important for you to experiment and find what system works best for you. One final thing that we will all agree on though regardless of destination, airline or vacation time … and that is to have patience. Traveling can be fun & exciting but also sometimes stressful so do your best to sit back and enjoy the ride!