1) BE EARLY: Arrive in plenty of time at the airport to avoid getting flustered and stressed when there are long queues and gate changes (which, let's face it, will happen).
2) DON’T PUSH WHEN QUEUEING FOR THE PLANE (or at all if possible): Remember, you’re all heading to the same location on the same plane – there’s no need to push others to get onto the plane first, it only means you’ll be on the plane for longer…
3) BE AWARE OF OTHERS: This is by far, my biggest pet peeve. Remember to be aware of other people around you when you are travelling on a plane. Make sure you remember to put your seat up during meal service and avoid putting bare feet on the chair of the person in front of you.
4) BE POLITE: Remember, you shouldn't be rude to others just because you’re no longer in your own country. When travelling we are ambassadors of our countries, therefore, it makes sense to be polite and respectful of other people and cultures.
5) BE RESPECTFUL: This is in my opinion, one of the most important points. Make sure you research what is and isn't socially acceptable in your chosen destination. Adhere to dress codes and be respectful of other cultures.
6) DON’T ASSUME EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH: Although it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, do not make the assumption that everyone can speak English. Make the effort to try and speak the language of the country you’re in, even if it’s only ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Your efforts will be appreciated and trust me, will go a long way.
7) DO YOUR RESEARCH: Don’t get angry and upset if the weather isn’t great yet you booked your two-week holiday to Indonesia during the rainy season. Make sure you do your research and find out exactly what time of year has the weather you want.
8) GET GOOD TRAVEL INSURANCE: To save yourself from getting uncontrollably infuriated when there’s an issue with luggage, theft or a health problems, make sure you’re properly insured through a good provider and be sure you read over the terms & conditions before you go.
9) AVOID GETTING ANGRY AT THE WRONG PEOPLE: When there is an issue (which let’s face it, inevitably happens) remember that the customer service staff are usually under strict instructions from management. Try not to start shouting at the wrong person for an issue that they may not be responsible for, instead ask to speak to a supervisor or a member of management and try to remain calm (we are all guilty of this from time to time!).
10) MAINTAIN AN OPEN AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE: This is by far, the most important point to remember. Don’t expect your destination of choice to be exactly the same as home and remember, things will inevitably go wrong. Remember, this is all part of the adventure and it’s your attitude and how you handle it that will determine your enjoyment of the rest of the trip.