Everybody loves to travel, yet no one likes the trip. However, there are a few things that you can do to make a trip more pleasant for you and all around you. In the most basic sense, traveling in style doesn’t take a lot of money. It just takes some forethought, planning and common courtesy.
Traveling in style means making it easy for yourself. Don’t carry more stuff than you need, and don’t wear clothes that will be inappropriate for most of the trip. When we leave our homes, we tend to dress for the temperature at that moment, even though we may be going into different environments. If you wear a heavy coat because it is cold when you leave home, you may end up carrying it for most of the trip. Spending the whole trip encumbered with heavy clothing that was only needed for the first hour or two is a difficulty that can be avoided with some forethought.
On the other hand, if you anticipate being in public places with air conditioning, you may need a sweater. Some people find such places uncomfortably chilly. If you are one of those people, perhaps you should dress more heavily than the weather calls for.
Don’t carry more luggage than you need. Luggage is a lot of trouble for you and others, and most people tend to over-pack anyway. Remember, every piece of luggage is one more thing to get lost.
Items that may be needed during the trip should not be packed in hard-to-reach places. Things like allergy medicine, lip balm, sunglasses and binoculars should be the last things packed so they will be on top of everything else. Make sure documents like tickets, boarding passes and ID are easy to find.
Traveling in style also means being a good passenger. Be nice to the people around you. Sit where you’re supposed to. Don’t be unnecessarily noisy, and try not to intrude on the next person’s space. Professional people like flight attendants generally want to make the trip as easy as possible for you, so don’t make it hard for them.