Top Airport Tips for Surviving the Summer Travel Season

Summer is prime holiday time — work slows down, the weather vastly improves, and the beaches are calling. However, nothing can put a damper on a summer holiday faster than a miserable airport experience. Airports are already a stressful place for many people, but it’s possible to navigate them with ease if you follow these tried-and-true tips.

Check your flight status before you leave for the airport

The most important thing you can take away from this article is to always check your flight status before you leave for the airport. There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport and checking your flight’s status only to realize that it’s been delayed for several hours, and you’re now stuck at the airport. All you need to do is Google your flight number, and all the relevant information will come up. If you want a more secure source of information, check on your airline’s website.

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Check in online

This seems like common knowledge, but you wouldn’t believe how many people still wait until they get to the airport and check in person. Especially during the busy summer season, it can pack the airport like nothing else. If you have your airline’s app, it will prompt you to check in 24 hours before your flight time. Follow the app’s instructions, and you’ll be able to check in at home in bed rather than waiting for half an hour in a line with dozens of other stressed out souls. Once you’ve checked in online, all you need to do is drop off your baggage, and go through security and customs (if applicable).

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Take a photo of your parking spot

Even if it’s a short trip, we can almost guarantee that you won’t remember where you parked if you didn’t write it down. Save yourself a major headache by snapping a picture of your parking space — there are usually numbers painted on the ground. If your parking space isn’t numbered, take a few steps back and take a picture of where your car is in the garage, so you can retrace your steps on the way back.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!