Early flights are the bane of travel lives. Whilst it’s a good idea in one sense, because it means you get to your destination earlier in the day, and it doesn’t take a whole evening away from you, it does mean that you’re up earlier than you normally would be, and that can impact in a whole host of ways.
Put simply – early flights do nothing for tempers and stress levels.
I’m not the most tolerant of people when I’m sleep deprived, so early flights are not the greatest for me. Despite this however, since I decided to start driving myself to the airport, meaning I can set off when I want to, and not stupidly early because of a long-winded airport coach, I’ve been much calmer and chilled-out when I arrive at the airport.
It’s also possible to save money here too, as I often find booking parking is cheaper than the cost of a taxi, coach or train. ParkBCP have some fantastic offers, and I’ve never had reason to complain when I’ve booked through them. I do tend to be quite flexible with where I travel from these days, in order to grab cheaper flight prices, and I’ve never had a problem finding an airport with a service for parking. I recently booking Heathrow parking, and the price and service was second to none. Check out what’s available near you, and I guarantee you’ll see the huge difference when compared to battling with public transport at a ridiculously early time of the day.
Another tip for surviving that crack of dawn take off is to stock up on sleep before you leave. It sounds a total no-brainer of an idea, but being half asleep and stressed out from work before you embark on a travel adventure will only mean you’re building on a bad foundation. If you try and be as calm and chilled as possible before you leave however, fully slept and not bleary-eyed, then you will be in a much better position to survive your early flight unscathed.
I always try and have some breakfast at the airport. I know you might not feel like eating so early in the day, but if you go without, you might find no facilities to eat, or to eat without spending a fortune, until later in the day, by which point you’ll be tired, irritable, and hungry – an even worse combination!
Look after your body and try and cut out the need to leave quite so early – these are the only ways to survive that early morning flight. Of course, grab some shut eye on the plane if you can, and when you arrive, take it easy and recuperate.
Other than that, look forward to an extra bit of time in your long-awaited destination.