3 Mistakes Every Smart Traveler Makes (And How to Avoid Them)Oct 01st, 2013 - by Knok
We’ll keep this short and sweet. We are humans, we make mistakes. That said, this doesn’t mean we can’t learn from our past, or in this case, our traveling past, and do things differently the next time. This is where our little blog post comes in handy, as experts in home exchange and travel we keep ourselves up-to-date on travel troubles and new solutions. Today we will expose 3 common mistakes that travelers unknowingly commit every day, along with their technology and user experience-based solutions.
MISTAKE #1. Booking the CHEAPEST flight possible.
SOLUTION: Before you purchase online tickets read airline reviews. We’ve all learned the hard way that cheaper is not always better when it comes to airline travel (and in the long run sometimes it’s not even cheaper! Add on costs for bags, seats, and in some cases, a measly beverage….and your dirt cheap ticket just lost its cheapness.) That’s why we recommend Airlikes.com. Here you can read real flyers reviews and write your own. Get the truth before you book your next flight. They also let you search flights and home swaps from within the site. Our review: Two thumbs up!
MISTAKE #2. Packing your suitcase using only your brain.
SOLUTION: Put technology to work and update your smartphone. In a recent post we mentioned our favorite travel apps, including Skyscanner and GateGuru for airport and flight search help. Another great one to add to the app artillery is TripList. Create a digital and sharable packing list that ensures your toiletries wont be left at gate check and your cellphone charger wont go missing between point A and B. Whatever you do, don’t trust your brain to remember every detail, it deserves a vacation too!
MISTAKE #3. Arriving at the airport just in time.
SOLUTION: Start treating airports as destinations too. In a recent report by Skift, “Airports as Destinations: The Rise of User Experience”, a new class of airport is revealed. This new class of airport offers travelers unique amenities, such as fine-dining with celebrity chefs, luxury spa treatments, happening night clubs, world class shopping…for starters. The new generation of airport actually cares about your health. Just look at San Francisco’s Terminal 2, where you can practice your sun salutations pre-flight in the yoga room. So next time you’re deciding how early you should check-in, keep in mind that cities like Singapore, South Korea, Amsterdam and many more have airports that put must in-city experiences to shame.
Is there an airline, travel app, or airport that recently pleased or disappointed you? Let us and our travel-happy community know so we don’t make the same mistakes twice!