Air travel has increasingly become one of the most popular way of traveling. Whether its leisure or business, every day airports assist thousands of people getting to their final destination safely. Choosing the perfect airline involves a number of factors, some of the most important ones including the price, destination, time, and comfortability.
Nowadays, there are numerous flight comparison websites who specialise in providing a quick and easy service to assist people finding the cheapest, quickest, and most suitable flights for them. And though there are a number of ways to guarantee a cheap flight, the cheapest options often come with restricted comfortability.
Thousands of people settle on a non-direct flight every day, something which is definitely not recommended for those who are looking for comfortability. Though non-direct flights are generally cheaper than direct flights, it will take a significant amount longer to reach the final destination. Lay-overs often come hand in hand with anxiety and high stress levels and whereas a direct flight from London to New York usually takes between six to seven and a half hours, a non-direct flight which stops at Raleigh (North Carolina) will easily take up to twelve hours, which is almost twice as long!
Whether it is a direct flight or not, the most common way to guarantee comfortability is by travelling Business class instead of Economy. Business class is generally distinguished from the Economy class by the quality of its seating, food and drinks, ground services, and other amenities. But for those interested in cheap flights, comfortability is definitely achievable in economy class as well. Below are just a few suggestions of handy little tips which could make a huge difference and make those twelve hour flights a little less agonising and a little more enjoyable.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
As airplanes often use excessive air conditioning, it is advisable to dress is multiple layers which are easy to remove depending on temperature changes.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Avoid swelling feet by wearing comfortable shoes such as slippers, flip-flops, or trainers.
Chewing gum could help avoid ear discomfort caused by the altitude change. Alternatively, you could try the Valsalva Manoeuvre, which can be achieved by holding your nose and blowing at the same time to make ears ‘pop’.
Not all flights have guaranteed A.V.O.D (Audio Video On Demand) screens located in the headrests of the seat in front of you. In case of a long flight you could bring a small carry-on bag filled with things they might wish to use to entertain yourself during the flight. Some ideas could include a Gameboy, Magazines, Books, Portable DVD players.
Minimise carry-on luggage.
Bringing a small, light, bag will make it easier to find a place in the overhead cabins or underneath the seat in front of you.
Drink plenty of water.
An absolute must to avid dry mouths and dehydration when flying as high altitudes results in low air circulation.
Sitting in one spot will often cause muscles to ache and get stiff. Try some stretching before, during, and after the flight to keep your muscles flex.
Long distance flights often have a little airplane exercise video or booklet with good ideas to keep moving whilst staying in the seat. Alternatively, you move around in your seat by rotating your ankles or perhaps take a little stroll down the isles very hour or so.
Enquire about the food.
Airplane’s have never been known for their five star food, and although the food served in business class is significantly better, there is only limited storage on an aircraft and thus only a small number of each meal is available. In the case of a special vegetarian, vegan, or religious diet, it is advised to contact the airline and arrange a specific meal at least three days before their flight. Alternatively, you could provide your own meals. It is always recommended to bring along little and nutritious snacks in case the meals on the flight are served late. Some suggestions may include granola bars or dried fruit.
Booking an entire holiday can be rather time consuming and confusing. Fortunately there are numerous flight comparison sites which offer a large selection of cheap flights, hotels, car rentals, and other travel essentials; Using one website to find all your necessary services could save you a lot of time and confusing as there will be no hassling around using multiple different websites! Some of the most popular flight comparison websites, such as DirectFlights, even offer a free and easy to use apps, available for iPhone and Android, for anyone who is in need for cheap and comfortable flights on the go! Both DirectFlights website and mobile app includes their special “Carbon Friendly Flight Search”, providing customers with full accessibility to the Environmental Impact rating of different flights, enabling those who are interested to select the ‘Greenest’ flight available.