Creature Comforts: Making Budget Travel Feel Like First Class!
When funds are limited, budget travel is sometimes the only option. And while we embrace this, there are a few little tweaks that can make your experience more comfortable.
- Travel Pillow
If you’re traveling by plane or train, invest in a good travel pillow. This will make the difference when you’re trying to sleep on transport or at the airport. This is especially so when you’re traveling economy. And it will trounce the freebies you receive on a long haul flight. Inflatable pillows are ideal, as they are much easier to fit into your cabin luggage.
Wherever you’re traveling to, having the right clothing will make all the difference. This is not just the case if you’re camping on staying out in the elements. It is also true for city breaks and beach holidays. No-one wants to be walking around with blisters because they don’t have well-fitting shoes. And they don’t want to be too hot or too cold. The same is true for bags. Having a lightweight bag that fits around your body comfortably, will make hiking or sightseeing a hundred times easier. You won’t even notice it. But I promise you that you’ll notice it if you choose the wrong one. You’ll be in for hours of fidgeting, adjusting straps and back ache.
One strap backpacks are popular right now. They are less hefty and more comfortable than their two strap counterparts. And apart from the comfort factor, you will look very cool with only one strap.
- Negotiating Free Upgrades
Always keep an eye open for free seats and upgrades. When you’re on a train or airplane, notice any empty seats. Ask the cabin crew or staff about switching. Even moving to a free row in economy class is better than sitting bunched up between other passengers. Follow these insider tips to increase your chances of getting a bump up to first class:
- Travel at quiet times, out of season
- Join your airline’s loyalty scheme
- Arrive for your flight early
- Wear a suit; it might help earn you an upgrade to business class
These tips are not foolproof, of course, but they have been known to work on occasion.
- Slippers Or Socks
This is the simplest of tips, but it really works and makes you feel so much more comfortable. The air conditioning on flights can make you feel cold. Having your own slippers or warm socks will make all the difference. And, again, they will be much better than the ones airline companies give out for free.
They’re also useful in the hotel or B&B.
- Bring Your Own Entertainment
Stock up your Kindle or tablet before you leave. Load it with books, movies, and podcasts. Invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones and you’re set. No matter how poor the onboard entertainment is, you’ll have something to keep you occupied for the whole journey.
What are your tips for making the most of budget travel?