Valuable Tips for First Time Travelers
Nowadays, air travelling is an activity that definitely deserves some extra attention, not only due to the airport's logistics, but also to the pandemic scenario in which we find ourselves. Since we at Fiesta Hotel know that not everyone has had this experience, we decided to prepare a series of tips for “first-time travelers”, from ticket purchasing and boarding to how to protect yourself against Covid-19 during the journey, so that your flight can be smooth and runs with no major issues. If you’re going to fly for the first time and need a little help to understand how things happen in airports and planes, scroll down the screen, because this post was made especially to you!
Every trip starts with planning, and an essential part of it is the purchasing of tickets. It is more than recommended to purchase them at least three months before the flight, because tickets obtained at the last minute tend to have a much higher price than if they had been purchased in advance. When searching for them, have no fear to use search tools: they guarantee a number of options for you to choose from, in addition to alerting you about all promotions valid at the time of your purchase! With their help, you’ll be able to compare values between different airlines and choose the one with the biggest advantage. Another valuable tip for buying tickets is to think well if it is worth traveling with a stopover: although it usually has a cheaper price, the value doesn’t always compensate for the discomfort of the transition between flights, the danger of having your luggage lost, and the extra time you spend exposed to coronavirus.
Tickets purchased, it's time to pack! Separate your clothes bearing in mind the climate and temperatures of your destination (it is worth taking a look at the weather forecast of the place before you get there, so that everything is well planned!), But be careful with the quantity: flights allow a limit of 10kg per hand bags and 23kg in normal bags. To avoid the cost of an extra fee for their weight, a great idea is to purchase a hand scale, which easily fits into the suitcase and weighs it when lifted! These items are essential for you to prepare yourself before arriving at the airport, and avoid problems there. Another important detail is security: when you finish packing everything, lock your suitcase with a padlock and, if possible, pack it with the protective plastic offered at airports when you get there. This avoids any discomfort on your trip, as it ensures that your suitcase won’t be opened in your absence. Also, be sure to pack all your masks carefully, taking them not only in your suitcase and face, but also in your hand luggage. It is always good to take a large quantity with you to ensure that this essential element won’t be missing during your trip, mainly because, if the masks do not come properly cleaned from your home, buying and using them without prior cleaning is extremely dangerous.
Preparing to go to the airport is just as important as what happens there: make a list of everything you need to bear in mind (remember to take a bottle of alcohol gel that will be essential at the airport), and pay special attention to the documents that will be needed! Take a photo ID in an accessible location (the identity card is the most recommended, but on national flights the work or driver's license is also accepted) and the ticket, obviously. Check the validity of your passport, and find out if your destination needs an entry visa, in the case of international flights, so that you have time to get it if necessary. In addition, avoid checking in at the airport: doing it online not only guarantees a shorter queue (a queue just for checking bags is much faster), with less crowding and consequently more security against the virus, but also provides you a final check on the flight schedule, leaving plenty of time to solve possible problems. Finally, wear comfortable and warm clothes, as the temperature tends to fall in the airplane cabin.
Arriving at the airport, there are a number of protocols to follow: check your bags, and head towards the federal police. Don't forget to never bring your hands to your face during the process, unless it is immediately after hand hygiene: hence the importance of taking a bottle of gel alcohol with you, and using it whenever you need to touch any sort of airport equipment. After presenting your passport, you will undergo an x-ray. Remove any metal that might be on your body and place it on a tray (if you happen to be wearing boots, it’s a good idea to remove them, because they usually contain zippers, buttons, etc.). Also place your carry-on baggage, with electronic devices outside, on a separate tray. That settled, it's your turn to go through the sensor. If it beeps as you go through it, keep calm and obey the airport staff. They will search you by protocol, which doesn’t mean they think you are guilty of anything. It is common for the sensor to trigger for simple things, such as zippers and pocket clips, so just let them do their job, collect your belongings and go on your way. At that moment, extra attention is needed: the belongings that were deposited in the trays may have gotten in contact with the virus, and therefore they should, if possible, be kept in a separate place from objects in your luggage that are completely sanitized. There is also the option to sanitize everything that comes from the tray with alcohol gel, which would be ideal. Now it's time to head towards the departure gate, but how do you find it? There are televisions all over the airport, where you must search for your flight and go to the respective gate, using the signs in all the corridors. Once you get there, wait for it to open, with your boarding pass and identity card, sanitized with alcohol gel, in hand (you’ll need to present them before getting on the plane). A good idea is to go to the bathroom before boarding (usually there are restrooms near every gate), to avoid the need to do it on the plane, where the queues might be longer.
Yay! We got on the plane. Upon entering, find your seat (it is written on the boarding pass) and place your hand luggage in the luggage compartment above the seat. Then, sit down, buckle up for safety and put your electronic devices in airplane mode (the stewardess usually comes to check if it is off or in airplane mode. You should only turn off airplane mode after the guidance for doing so is heard in the speakers after landing). During the flight, try to relax and enjoy the trip, without ever taking off your mask, since inside planes you’ll be very close to other passengers. You should only remove the mask from your face every three hours: this is the time to change it for one of the extras that are in your carry-on. Staying with a single mask for a long period of time is dangerous, which is why this change should be made whenever necessary. Always keep your seat belt fastened, and take a box of gum if possible to unclog your ears as you chew during take-off and landing (almost all passengers experience this discomfort, which passes quickly and isn’t any reason for despair). Before putting it in your mouth, thoroughly clean your hands, and if possible avoid touching the gum, using the outside of the paper it is wrapped in to deposit it in your mouth. From time to time, get up to take a walk in the plane’s corridors in the case of long flights, to stretch and avoid any swelling and health problems, always taking care not to pass too close to other passengers. Oh! And don't forget: turbulence is normal and does not mean that something is wrong. Just stay in your seat with your belt buckled and wait for them to pass.
You did it! That done, a smooth and hassle-free journey is guaranteed, so you can make the most out of the experience! Us, here at Hotel Fiesta, are always waiting for you!