Your guide to getting the most from the flying experience

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By AdFeatures | Friday, July 27, 2012, 14:11


When we're planning our holiday, we can often become disheartened by the organisational process. Fortunately, the idea of relaxing in the sun on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean or strolling casually around the Louvre is always enough to pull us through. In time, we tend to find that even the travel to our destination ends up being an enjoyable part of the experience. Here, we look at a few pointers that can help you to get the most from your flying experience, from booking your flight with sites such as Flybe to settling down in your seat.

Choosing your destination and booking a flight

For most of us, the ease of flying to certain destinations can be the deciding factor in the places we choose to visit for our holidays. While London has connections to almost everywhere in the world, some of us are more concerned with finding flights from Bristol. Check out your local airport and the routes available to see where you can reach the easiest with the least hassle.

When you've narrowed down your search, it's time to book. For the best deals, it is often best to book your flight in advance. Commonly, the further in advance you book, the better the deals which you can expect to receive. You are also likely to find that the prices are lower outside of school holidays.

Navigating the airports

Airports are fairly confusing places and can sometimes be a little puzzling to navigate. The key to making your time in the airport stress free is to leave plenty of time. With check-in, security and the wonders of duty free, it can be worth leaving several hours early to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do should you find yourself at a loose end waiting for your flight.

Arriving at the other end

When your flight touches down, you will no doubt be itching to get off the plane and head for your destination. While there are a number of processes which can't be avoided upon arrival, there remain a few things in your control.

If you've checked in your luggage it is a good idea to move swiftly to the collection point as soon as you have travelled through passport control. Rather than then grappling with the many networks of transport heading off in various directions, it can be worth booking a connection or rental car in advance to help you get on your way quickly.

Double check everything

In order to move as swiftly as possible through the airports at each end, it is best to double check everything, from the labels on your luggage to the information on your boarding pass. Pay particular attention to the airport at which you land. Flights to Paris, for example, could take you to any one of a number of the city's airports. Make sure you are confident of your destination and you will find moving on from the airport a far less stressful experience.

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