Save on Fees: I am talking about baggage fees here. If you travel on an airline that does not charge for bags then you are in luck. If you have a credit card that is co-branded with an airline then you might get your bags free as well. Also works if you are a member with specific status per that airline’s point system. But if not, simply travel light and avoid baggage fees altogether. Make do with a carry-on and you won’t have to pay a penny. For local flights or short duration trips, I usually carry a backpack, travel purse and carry-on apart from a few personal items I am allowed to have outside of these.
Save for Sanity: If there is one thing I would save my money for and splurge on in an airport, it’s the access to one of the airline club lounges. This is especially soothing if you’ve had a long flight, have crazy wait durations between connections, or simply want to get away from the crowds, particularly if you are flying or transiting during heavy traffic times. Sometimes your points and/or credit card privileges might provide access but most times, purchasing a day pass to enjoy this luxury helps relieve travel tension. And you don’t have to be traveling by that specific airline either!
Seek soothing and comfort: On a plane? You gotta be kidding me! That’s how most people react anyways but it is possible. I do it every. single. time. Take along a beverage or snack you enjoy – your travel comfort food so to speak. Carry reading material, music or podcasts to listen to, and something to make your flight comfortable – a blanket, sweater, inflatable pillow (which I carry all the time for my back issues) – these count as personal items and can be easily placed in your carry on too. For longer flights, consider eye masks, refreshing cream and towelettes to keep your face and hands moist and clean, and your personal water bottle to fill-up on as frequently as you like.
I understand these might not apply to everyone but definitely think most solo travelers or couples can vouch for it. I hope that was helpful for you, and if you have some tips to share with me on how you travel stress-free by air, I’d love to read your comments. Bon Voyage!