Plan Travel Itinerary and Remove Stress
Blogs and advice about living and travelling in China often talk about the necessities of travel, key questions to ask and the high points and low points of moving around an alien environment…
But what about travelling home? Believe it or not, for an unseasoned traveller, going home can create stress that you are also unfamiliar with baggage, arranging cheaper flights and transfers. Why not take the time to organise and Plan a Travel Itinerary so you effectively Remove Stress
FREQUENT FLYER EFFECTS
From Experience of travelling home four or five times a year to catch up and keep an eye on family, travel can be stressful, and upon arrival, springing back into the pole position of parent, or business manager means tiredness.
Jet lag can be dizzying but is further exhausted when the traveller can’t have their memory of the things to do list jogged by old friends and the familiar situation. It can make for a memorable, energetic and positive event or one encumbered with snag list after exasperating problem.
BENEFITS OF BEING ORGANISED
Finding the optimal period to travel home is this is possible, flights from Asia in particular,is fickle, but these periods can offer the optimum flights for premium service for your money
- Late December through to March end
- Late August to end September
Checking comparison sites can assist in taking the burden of separate agent and airlines always consider 1 month prior to departing [starting my search, as deals and cancellations are quite likely
Imagine You will have no memory of your decisions, things to do list, jobs to accomplish, items to sort… as soon as you land, jet lag will kick in, then friends and family arrive, you relax, and before you know where and when you are, weekend has hit you, or the bank holiday or even worse, it is time to get back on the plane. Do not make the mental note…You will need a written list…
Make Appointments ahead of travel so that you are not wasting precious time making calls or being stuck in a queue. Note down important phone numbers in case you lose your phone, or there is disruption connecting to your numbers, or you need to pass numbers on at the airport.
It Also Advisable to be wise and Take necessary measures and prepare for pollution, notable flu, pollen levels, and dust in your area and destination. A lot is happening while we are away from home and during our stays for long periods abroad. especially as a family unit with younger ones to consider
If You’re Planning to hire a car, check how far the car hire centre is from the airport, and the best routes to it. Check your arrival times and departure times, so that you are not driving in the middle of the night, and most importantly, adjusts your sleeping time on the plane so that you do not drive tired.
JET LAG (DELAYED EFFECT)
This is a very dangerous situation. You must allow your body to redeem sleep patterns, and drive cautiously
Paying attention to driving only, not chatting with your family. It means that although you are excited to be home.
You have to control your thoughts a great deal! To be practical, if you get a parking ticket, you are unlikely to receive it and pay the penalty before you board again. You don’t want to leave problems behind you.
Organise Travel arrangements from the airport. For example, I was caught out yet again when I arrived to find that the coach station office had closed down. This meant that in my bleary state, I had to go online to book tickets, or make my way back into the airport to use an ATM.
Do not rely on social media to contact friends: Find out which countries block which social media. For example, I was caught out yet again on my one stop trip back from Hong Kong to Manchester. There was a huge delay at Doha…
This might seem a simple matter and one we can take in our stride until… when through the transfer desk,
I realised that Facebook is blocked in that region. I had to go back to the transfer desk and then wait in an enormous queue for over an hour to ask to make an international call home. Without a means of charging my phone, my options were running down.
TRAVEL BAGS AND CASES:
Keep papers filed, clipped, labelled and in the same place every time in the travel bag. Make an itinerary of jobs to do day by day.
Bag clothes and items loosely so that if you or anyone else looks through your baggage, it does not fall all over the place, also if you have to dive into your luggage at last minute, you are not juggling your items around.
Consider the financial value of the items which you carry: dried packet food could be the most precious items which you take back, shoes, souvenirs. Consider what would be useful to loved ones or in your own home in years to come. If you duplicate what you already own you may feel a little foolish later on!
We don’t recommend carrying items of financial value on vacations in case the items are lost or damaged. people do take sentimental objects and papers for work when travelling home.
These can be extremely useful for the NEXT contract. It does encourage hoarding, but better to not be caught out at interview where the expectation is that the applicant brings copious amounts of evidence.
So having articles available and ready means that the interview or preparations for that next contract do not impinge on your life too much and go smoothly.
PRACTICAL ADVICE ON LUGGAGE
Invest in a Decent Suitcase. I have bought some superb suitcases from charity shops for a one trip and had the wear out of them.
This means that I haven’t carried a case for the sake of it on the return trip.
They are also useful for friends abroad. If you do buy a second hand suitcase, always check the zip. Frequent suitcase? Buy a four wheeled case, they are ace!
Regulations For Items, Currency and Cash
Always Check Published information about regulations of items which can be carried in luggage. External chargers are often removed at border control in Chinese airports. Batteries, chargers, electronic equipment, even vegetable oil are now under regulations. Check for loose change in that back pocket, or last minute additions.
DUE CARE AND ATTENTION!
Always walk slowly and steadily, accidents, trips and more likely when being hasty, hazards at airports and travel then mean the use of travel insurance and can wreck a ‘trip’ pardon the pun.
PRIORITY 1~ FAMILY
Prioritize family over friends and loose connections every time. If friends are not prioritizing coming to see you and the expectation is that you travel from city to city, then it indicates that you can make time for them the next time you visit.
Try to Delegate Jobs out to the friends or family who you are meeting. I learned this the hard way. For example, If you are arriving home in the small hours of the night, and it would be really helpful if the lights and central heating was on on, and a pint of milk and loaf was on the table ask a neighbour politely if they could arrange it.
COMFORT IN CASUALS
Small bag to keep with you on board the plane:
The cheaper cloth bags with lots of zipped pockets are the most useful. You can store a mixture of items separately, small items do not get lost in with the bigger ones. Wear loose clothes. It is not a fashion parade.
Keep a second paper copy of itinerary, and also photograph on phone, (Send photograph to people who you are meeting). Keep charger lead and possibly plug head. You can charge your phone in the airport or on the plane.
Try to avoid letting your phone lose power, you will need it to access the internet when you arrive at your destination pretty quickly.
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we get tired after 1hr on the flight and settle down to our own specific genre of music or videos
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