Flying tips

Don’t be paranoid

Be wise and be wary, but try not to be paranoid. I once travelled with a guy who couldn’t relax because he was convinced everyone was out to steal his money or diddle him. He lost his car keys at one point and started blaming the family who had put us up for the night in the desert. He eventually found the keys at the bottom of his sleeping bag. More: 10 Travel Scams that cost unwary travellers Charlie Pank, Skyscanner Senior Software Engineer

Just go

If you have a strong urge to ‘go travelling’ or even just to see one specific place, start saving and go for it! Don’t delay. Don’t defer. Just do it, or you will regret it when you’re too old/attached/busy to travel. Laura Wilson, Skyscanner Search Marketing Manager

Sitting is tiring

Travelling some distance through the air makes you tired, even if all you do the whole time is sit in a comfy seat. Crawford Tait, Skyscanner Technical Manager

Take the hard way

The more difficult the travel challenge, the more rewarding it is; driving to Kazakhstan was a crazy life-experience; flying there would have just been a ‘trip’. Charlie Pank, Skyscanner Senior Software Engineer

Slow down

Traveling is like life, it’s the journey that’s fun. Don’t just try to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Travel more slowly and you’ll discover more. Ben Hardy, Skyscanner Test Support

DIY travel is best

If you want to really experience a new country and culture, hire a car and plan it all yourself. It is the freedom to do what you want and when you want, that makes for the best trips of all. Dean Cornish, Skyscanner Software Engineer

Understand the charges and regulations for each airline

If you’ve ever looked into flying with babies you’ll know that there are so many variations in the charges and regulations involved with taking your baby on a flight. Different airlines have different rules. Some charge for one thing; while with another it’s free. Check out the table below which explains all of the variations parents need to be aware of when flying with babies.

Learn a little lingo

Memorise a handful of words of the local language, and have the courage to use them! It’s amazing how just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who have made the effort to communicate with them in their own tongue. More: 7 secrets of learning a language fast Rachel Evatt, Skyscanner Product Director

Choose your seat-mate carefully

If you get the choice of plane seat, always sit far away from: babies, groups of friends who will chat, or women (men tend to need the toilet less often than ladies). More: REVEALED: the perfect plane seat Miss Evodie Fleury, Skyscanner Market Development Assistant, France

Jiggle it (just a little bit)

If you’re petrified of turbulence during flights, try slightly jiggling your body when you hit some rough air. No one will notice because everyone is being moved around due to the aircraft movement. Sounds a little crazy but your movement will counteract that of the aircraft and you won’t feel the turbulence so much. It really does work! Jamie Wortley, Skyscanner PR Consultant

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