Upgrade Your Experience
Club lounges can save you on food and drink. If you don't manage to bag a flight upgrade, ask for free access to the lounge instead. If it’s not too busy and you’re polite, good manners go a long way!
The Best Seat For Airsickness
If you suffer from airsickness, sit near the front of the wings. The planes centre of gravity is located here, so you're less likely to feel stomach-turning turbulence. The worst place to sit is at the back.
Speed Through Security
Always look for the security queue with suits – business travellers are experienced and know what they’re doing, so it’s likely to be a lot quicker! Have your shoes, belts and jewellery off ready to put in a tray, as well as any electrical devices such as lap tops, ipads, phones. Also, bag up and seal your liquids under 100ml, otherwise you’ll be stopped and searched.
Learn a few key words in the local language and use them! Whether it’s the basic 'please', 'thank you', 'hello' or asking for the bill. It’s amazing how just a couple of words will go such a long way to making the locals warm to those who have made an effort.
The Best Medicine
Tiger balm is the perfect medicine to travel with. It not only soothes sore muscles, but also works as an insect repellent to keep biting pests away.
Learn Basic Cultural Etiquette
Learning the correct behaviour and actions of the local culture will be worth it during your travels. Know where is appropriate to shake hands, how to dress respectfully and how to politely hand over your credit card. Use our 'Culture & Tips’ sections on each destination to walk you through.
Plan But Be Flexible
It is always good to plan your trip, but remember those unplanned days are often those that leave the most lasting memories. You'll also save money by having a loose plan and flexibility to book attractions at cheaper times and won’t feel rushed to stick to a rigid itinerary.
Arrived to find the airline has lost your luggage or your hotel room isn't available? Download the travel app ECC-Net, which provides help and advice for consumers in Europe. It works offline and can help with any holiday calamity. Just select the country and situation, and the app will explain your rights.