Simple Guide to Travelling For the First Time

03. April 2018 Uncategorized 0

So, it's your first time travelling? Exciting times! Whether you're going alone, with friends or even with your family, travelling for the first time can be a little intimidating. You've probably watched one of those border security shows, and now you're dreading trying to get through security alone. Perhaps you have a phobia of flying; also known as aerophobia or aviophobia. Whatever the reason for your nervousness, we're here to help guide you through everything, from getting to the airport to finding your way around town when you land.

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Planning your Trip

Before we worry about flying, landing or even dealing with the airport, it's time to plan the trip! Booking flights and a hotel can often be a tedious task, as you wish to find the best deals you can and not have to fork out all your hard earned cash. Well, whether you have a destination in mind or not, we're here to help you with a few ideas.

Planning your Trip

Summer Destinations

If you're a fan of the sun and warm weather, then summer is the best time to plan that holiday you've been thinking about for the last few months. There's nothing better than getting away from the pressures of work and home life and just relaxing in another country, while soaking up the sun. Check out these more popular summer destinations.

  • Caribbean
  • Dubai
  • Algarves
  • Crete
  • Cyprus
  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Majorca

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands, as well as being the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete offers good weather year round, with the summer months hitting highs of around 30°C as well as 650 miles of beautiful coastline to see and visit. Major airlines always have package deals available Crete, check them out here:

Thomson Airlines*
Jet2Holidays
Thomas Cook
First Choice
Expedia
EasyJet

What to Do

As an island, Crete offers plenty of sun, sea and sand but for those that wish to see more of Crete, there are also plenty of historical sites to visit, including the Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and more. See what Crete has to offer by checking these sites out:

Top Things to do in Crete
Things to do in Crete
Best Things to do in Crete
8 Top-Tourist Attractions in Crete

*Now known as TUI

Winter Destinations

Perhaps getting away and trying to enjoy some sun isn't what you're after, if you're looking to have a white Christmas then getting away to somewhere cold and snowy is likely your aim. Well, airlines don't just offer package deals for beach holidays, they also have numerous packages for winter getaways. Check out some of the more popular destinations for winter breaks.

  • New YOrk
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • norway
  • Estonia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Lithuania

Lithuania is packed with culture and history, known for its medieval Old Town, as well as its Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, as well as it's 18th-century cathedral built on a pagan temple site. Lithuania sees snow more often than not during the winter, and you'll likely not be disappointed. Check out which airlines are offering package holidays to Lithuania:

Thomas Cook
Expedia

What to Do

Lithuania also knows how to do Christmas markets, filling everyone with festive cheers and the smells of delicious spiced treats, with the capital of Lithuania (Vilnius) going all out to take advantage of the snow, with ice-rinks set up outside the beautiful neo-classical cathedral in Town Square. There's so much to do in Lithuania:

Things to Do in Lithuania
Top 10 Things To Do in Lithuania
25 Best Things to Do in Lithuania
Fun Things to Do in Lithuania

*Now known as TUI


Booking your Trip

So you've picked your destination and you're ready to book your holiday. Depending where you plan to visit, you can either book your holiday as a package deal online, or in a travel agents, or you can visit the travel agents and book everything in person. No matter which route you choose to take, booking the trip couldn't be easier.

Booking Online

If you choose to book your holiday online, you're responsible for making sure all required details are entered correctly. When booking online, you will be required to make the payment in full unless otherwise stated. Whether you're booking a flight, hotel or whole package holiday, booking online is simple and there are many deals to be had. All you need is a computer or device with an active internet connection and a credit/debit card; once you've found the flight, hotel or package holiday you wish to book, follow all the instructions within the booking process and make payment when prompted. You may also require passport numbers and details for all companions if you're booking for more than yourself. If you do book your flights online, you're often given the option of online check-in, as well as the need to print off your own boarding passes. This allows you to skip some ques and get through check-in quickly, just make sure nobody loses theirs.

Booking Through a Travel Agent

If you choose to visit and book through a travel agent, the process is slightly different. Travel agents help you plan your trip, finding you the best prices and even clean up the mess if you encounter any troubles like cancelled flights etc. All you're required to do when booking through a travel agent is communicate what you want and pay for everything. Payment through a travel agents is usually different to online, many travel agents allow you to pay a monthly amount up until you fly, this allows you to spread the cost across a few weeks or months. You must, however, pay the total for everything before a set date, if this isn't payed, you'll likely never get your hands on the tickets. Just make sure you have your tickets and any documents you may need before you leave for the airport.


Getting to and Around the Airport

Depending on the size of the party going away, getting to the airport and navigating around it can be a hassle. Many major airports are extremely busy at most times of the year, but especially during the winter and summer months, when people are looking to get away and enjoy some sun or escape (Or visit) the cold. There are numerous useful apps for taxis to get you there, and some even have fixed prices for airport trips. A few useful apps (Some apps may only be available in certain areas and regions) you can look to try are:

Uber | Google Play Store | Apple App Store
Lyft | Google Play Store | Apple App Store
Gett | Google Play Store | Apple App Store
MyTaxi | Google Play Store | Apple App Store
Kabbee | Google Play Store | Apple App Store

Once you've made it to the airport, it's time to tackle the really hard stuff; other people. The airport is a stressful place at the best of times, but when you have children with you or even just a large party, people tend to get distracted and getting lost in an airport is fairly easy. Stick together in groups, find the gate you need to get to and make sure everyone makes it through security. Once you're through security, you have until your gate opens (Usually anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes before your flight departs.) to get drinks, shop and do anything you need to do. Just make sure you're at your gate in time and don't miss your flight.


Flying and Landing

You made it through the crowds and managed to avoid losing anyone. You got to your gate on time and now you've boarded, found your seats and you're waiting to take off. Before taking off, you'll likely have the pilot introduce themselves as well as the cabin crew. You'll also be shown safety demonstrations by the cabin crew before leaving the runway. Due to the sudden changes in pressure when taking off and landing in an aircraft, some people experience some types of pain, ranging from a dull headache to severe shooting pain throughout their face. This, while painful, is common and will usually subside after you're landed and your body has adjusted to the pressure. If the pain continues for more than a few days, we suggest seeking medical advice to be safe. 

During your flight, it's best to sit back, listen to music, watch a movie or even just have a catch up with everyone. Depending on the length of your flight, you may be served in flight meals as well as having the ability to purchase food, beverages and more from the cabin crew.


Top Travel Tips

You made it! If you don't have a transfer from the airport to the hotel, we'd recommend checking to see if the city you landed in has Uber or any similar app, if they don't, then find a local taxi, bus, coach or train. Now, relax, take a load off and enjoy your holiday with these travel tips.