Tips to Be a Better Traveler
If you travel frequently, you have probably accumulated a list of pet peeves. However, rather than focusing on what drives us crazy about fellow travelers, let’s focus on what we can all do to be better travelers ourselves. Here some friendly tips to be a better traveler.
Travel Advice for the Airport, Plane, Hotel & Your Destination
- Be patient and wait your turn. You are no more important than the person in front of you. We all have somewhere to be and are anxious to get there. When you are waiting at the gate to board, please stand to the side while you wait for your group to be called.
- Please be fully prepared before you enter the security checkpoint. It is inconsiderate to get to the front of the line and have liquids not properly packed or have your laptop stowed away.
- Stand away from the baggage carousel. Everyone is looking for their bags; send one family representative to the front to collect the bags as they come out.
- While boarding, move directly to your seat and promptly put your carry on luggage under your seat or in the baggage compartment.
- Be kind to those traveling with small children. You may see that these young families are flustered and in need of a kind smile to reassure them that everything will be just fine.
- Don’t take up more space than the person sitting next to you. It is just as much my arm rest as it is yours.
- Take your bodily functions to the restroom. We are all on a plane that has the same air circulating over and over again for hours; it is not pleasant if it is stinky.
- Be flexible. If you are traveling alone, please be willing to switch seats to help accommodate families and travel partners.
- Please wait for your row’s turn to exit the plane. If you are late for a connecting flight, arrange your de-boarding with the flight attendants beforehand. They are always happy to help you get to your next flight.
In the Hotel
- During the early morning hours and late evening hours, be respectful of noise. Children should not be allowed to jump on beds or run through the halls. Alternatively, if you are coming in late, be aware that young families may already be sleeping and monitor your own noise.
- Don’t forget to tip your housekeeper; he or she is the one who cleans up after your mess.
- Always be patient, kind and respectful to hotel team members. A little bit of kindness can go a long way, especially if you have a problem. The staff may be even more helpful if they feel appreciated and respected.
At Your Destination
- When traveling abroad, show effort when trying to speak the native language. Attempt to learn some phrases; a little effort will go a long way.
- Don’t cut through a family with children. You risk separating a small child from a parent and that can be scary for all parties involved.
- When walking in a city, please don’t stop abruptly. The people behind you could easily run into you.
- Do smile and say hello to passers by. Wave to children and elders and enjoy your trip!
Traveling is a wonderful privilege. Being cognizant of how you act and react because doing so can make a huge difference for your family, as well as fellow travelers and residents. Now go forth and travel!
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Michelle and her family reside in a small town outside of St. Paul. They love the quiet their little city affords them, but enjoy being just minutes…