It’s inevitable that at one point of your many airline travels you’ll encounter a hiccup or two. It’s likely you’ve already encountered numerous setbacks when it comes to flying. Whether the problems range from mildly inconvenient to absolutely frustrating, chances are they’ll seriously impact your productive capacities one way or another. Flying can be a stressful experience in and by itself, so when it comes to any disruptions you want to make sure you’re prepared and have alternatives whenever trouble arises. Here’s some of the most common travel problems you’ll encounter, and some solutions to them!
Flight delays are bound to occur during your trips, but that doesn’t mean they have to be spent uncomfortably lazing around in the airport terminal. LoungeBuddy is an app that will help you find the perfect place to relax, freshen up, and get productive in the many (or few) airport lounges. Even if you aren’t a first class flyer or have special memberships, LoungeBuddy can find the lounges that allow for one-time access for a fee. The app even includes photos and ratings from past users to help you select your little airport oasis, making it a great time saver. Want information on restaurants in the airport and your flight while you wait? Look no further than App in the Air, which shows you any services or shops available in your area, plus handy notifications and timelines on your delayed flight.
Perhaps the most grating thing during a flight, long or short, is the possibility of a noisy passenger in your cabin. Whether that means a crying baby or particularly loud seat neighbour, it’s detrimental to any kind of sleep or progress you desperately need to get done. It’s a good idea to invest in a set of ear plugs, or if you like to listen to music or videos, some noise-cancelling earbuds. If you’ve got money to spare, splurge for the Bose QC20, which are touted as the best noise cancelling earbuds on the market. A more affordable option is the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23, which reduces noise up to 90% but is a bit bulky due to the battery case.
Is there anyone in the world who actually enjoys the taste of airplane food? Probably not – and if they do, they’re lying. It’s best not to work on an empty stomach, so if you’ve got time, use FlySmart to track down the best restaurants and coffee shops in your airport. If you’re on the run, the app can help you find a place to grab a portable meal to eat on the plane too!
Nothing is worse than landing in a new city and having to adjust to the time zone. Sure it might only be 9AM, but your internal clock is telling you it’s 5AM and you’re struggling to get through your business conference fully alert. Rather than chugging down 10 cups of coffee and hoping for the best, try Entrain, an app developed by researchers at the University of Michigan. It uses light data you input to recommend a sleeping schedule for your new time zone in accordance to your body’s circadian rhythms. This stimulates your body’s rhythms back to normal and helps you adjust faster to new time zones.
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