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When traveling internationally, nerves can set in when having to make a plane change or long layover in a country you may not be familiar with at all. Many times, the nerves are just because you are put in an unfamiliar environment, but with proper preparation and the right mindset, it is not too bad at all. You can make the experience fun and take in all the new sights, smells and even tastes while you are in a new country for just a brief period of time. Below you will find some tips when entering a new airport in a different country. 1. Preparation Making it the best experience possible, starts before you arrive at the airport and before you take off. Research the country the airport is in and see how prevalent your most comfortable language is spoken. For many of us, that is English, which can be found in most major airport hubs around the world and many times other small ones as well. Almost all major airports have a website that explains how to get around and can include the airport’s layout, terminals and food options available to you, the traveler. If you have an overnight...
  Flying can be both exciting and a pain. Here are some tricks to make it the best it can be! Take Only a Carry-On.  The best way to avoid baggage fees, lost luggage, and having to go to baggage claim is to travel with only a carry-on. Sure, this will require you to do some strategic packing to get everything crammed in there, but it’s absolutely worth it. So use vaccuum-sealed bags, roll your clothes, stuff your socks in your shoes – do whatever you can to get down to one backpack or small suitcase. Get the Most Leg Room.  Give your travel-weary legs a break! Make coach as luxurious as it can get by booking the right airline and seats. The average seat width (called seat “pitch“) for a domestic flight is 31”. However, some airlines have larger seat pitches. Frontier Airlines has a 33″ seat pitch, US Airways has a 34″ seat pitch in their A330, Southwest Airlines has a 32-33″ seat pitch, and Jet Blue has 34″ seat pitches in the last 16 rows of their A320s, for example. Also, shoot for seats on the first row of coach or next to the emergency exits. These will allow...

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