Travel but with class: Here is all you need to know about traveling
If you are wondering that how such a simple task like travel can have etiquettes to follow then let us pour this to your knowledge system that class comes from following basic Ettiquetes that can be dining or travel.
Everything in this world is bound with some specific rules and traveling to involve some rules. All travelers know what it is like to experience the scrum once your gate has opened, or what it’s like to board a plane – only to realize you’re seated next to a dreaded armrest hog. Here’s a handy guide to handle those less-than-desirable travel dilemmas!
- Board when called forward
They call forward seats in groups first for a reason – it avoids a scramble to get through the gate.
- Be prepared
Everyone boarding the flight knows that they will need to access their passport and boarding pass at some point during the boarding process, whether it is at check-in or at the gate.
This is why people carry travel wallets!
- Have patience
This is very important. Some travelers will always take a bag that does not quite fit into the overhead compartment (and they will delight in taking the extra 5 minutes to play luggage Tetris whilst everyone else waits). There is no getting around this: smile politely, and offer to help if they’re struggling.
- The middle seat gets the armrests
There is no advantage to having the middle seat – you do not get the sky views of the window seat, and you do not get the easy access to the aisle seat either. So let these unlucky folks have the armrests for that time.
- Talk to your neighbors
At least greet them well. You will be seated next to these people for the minimum of a few hours, and a little interaction makes the journey much more pleasant. On that note, if you are not in the mood for talking, pop on your earphones (you do not have to listen to anything, but these act as a social ‘quiet time’ signal).
- Ask before you recline
No one enjoys being stuck in a confined space for any amount of time, and it becomes much more unpleasant when you take away even more of the seat space. If you do fancy napping, ask your neighbor if they would mind first – they will be much more likely to say yes – especially if you follow tip.
- Respect personal space
This is a public space, albeit a small one. If you’d like to stretch, do not invade on a fellow passenger’s space – head to the front of the aircraft and walk it out. Everyone has their own way of relaxing during travel time: just don’t let your way affect someone else’s. Just Respect their space too.
- Walk in the ‘fast’ lane
This is the unspoken rule of public transport, but it also applies on airport escalators and walkways. Observe the signs in the airport and see whether you’re in the right ‘lane’ or not. Likewise, your suitcase can’t walk; so make sure that’s on the same side as you.
- Tip according to the country you are in – not where you are from
This is where things can get muddled, as some cultures do not expect you to tip. However, the most popular travel destinations in Oceania, North America, South America and Europe will expect a tip of around 10% in restaurants, a roundup of the bill when you’re in a taxi, a few Dollars, Pounds or Euros for hotel porters and maids, and it helps to tip in the local currency too. As always, when someone has gone above and beyond, it’s worth recognizing with an extra tip!
- When you get things wrong
It is natural to get things wrong when you are traveling, but what matters is how you handle it. Apologize, and try to reconcile the situation, whether there is a language barrier or not. You can avoid some situations with research, but for the rest – let it go. Even the well-traveled globetrotters get it wrong sometimes – and the best know how to handle it.
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