Check in online
This actually goes for all airlines, but particularly in Australia. If you check in online it seems you are given preference over those who have not checked in online. It is quick and easy, even if you cant print your boarding pass most airlines will re-print it for you at the airport or you may be able to use your smart phone at the gate.
I live and breath my iPhone and iPad, even more so when I travel. In particular the apps I have stored under my "travel" section include;
- Taxi Service - Does your local taxi service have an app? Mine does (Silver Service Taxi's)
- Concur - Does your company use the expense system Concur? If so, get on board with the smart phone app. I can itemise my lunch while I am waiting for the cheese to melt on my toasted sandwich. This is the one app I could not believe existed, it has made my life so much easier.
- Games - have something to play to pass the time when you are waiting for the flight to be called or waiting for your tray to be cleared. Preferably ones that dont require much battery and can be played offline. My favourites include Angry Birds (obviously) and Klondike (solitaire or patience - a card game).
- Twitter - this one is a surprise isnt it? I use twitter a lot when I am travelling, mostly hasseling @QantasAirways for news on my flight.
- 4Square/Find my Friends - or another similarly stalkish app. Are my friends nearby? Any good restaurants near my hotel? Great apps when you are in a new city. Lots of points on 4square when you travel too!
- Not going to have internet? This is a great post about travelling without internet and what apps to have.
This one may seem strange, but before you go on a short trip it is easy to pack things "just in case" - be strategic. Plan out exactly what you are going to wear. Do you really need 2 pairs of pajama's for two nights? You will probably be carrying your bag around a lot so be sure to only pack what you are going to need.
If you travel a lot for work, like I do, it is invaluable to maintain your normal routine as much as possible;
- Repeat Business - if you go to the same city a lot, try to stay at the same hotel. Not only will you probably get more frequent upgrades as a returning member, but you know where you are, how to get around and can begin to feel less like a stranger and more like this is just a home away from home.
- Stay on home time - If you travel across small time zones, like 1-2 hours, if at all possible try to stay on your home time zone. It makes it a lot easier to transition between the two. I travel often to Perth which is 2 hours behind Sydney so I am in bed by 8pm and up at 5am in keeping with Sydney time.
- Friends - Do you have friends in other cities? Meet up with them! For a while there, I saw my friends in Melbourne more than I saw the ones in Sydney because I tried to catch up with them every time I was in Melbourne!
- Work-out - make sure you keep working out. Especially if you are travelling back in time like I do, not much else to do at 5am but it does help you sleep and feel more productive during the day.
Anything I have missed for Domestic Travel?