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How To Be The Smug Traveller Everyone Envies

Apr 10, 2008
Don't you just hate some tourists? They always seem so prepared, so cool, calm and able to float through the whole business of travel without a care in the world, and having anticipated every potential problem. It seems that some people simply have all the luck.

And yet, the truth is that it takes very little to help solve some of the most commonly experienced problems facing tourists and travellers. One of the most infuriating parts of a journey is often the problems facing luggage handling at airports. Having to check your cases in and wave them a cheery goodbye, and then sitting gloomily at the other end of your holiday watching other people's cases journey round and round the conveyer whilst yours seems to have been deliberately held until last is another aspect of the holiday that no one looks forward to. Naturally those people that swan off the plane, straight through the lounge and off to a waiting taxi are given glances equal in measure of both envy and hate.

Is it really possible to manage to go on holiday without a suitcase? The answer is yes, perfectly, and many people are doing that every day. By having a simple over the shoulder carryon bag and by thinking carefully in advance about what you really need to take with you on your holiday, it is perfectly possible to reduce the overall volume and quantity of items that you take, helping you to keep your luggage with you at all times.

This obviously increases the security of your possessions as they are always with you; it will help speed up the process of checking in and checking out, and will save you a considerable headache. There are plenty of articles both on this website and others to help offer advice as far as achieving this is concerned.

Another aspect of a typical holiday which no one looks forward to is arriving at your destination and discovering, once you unpack your clothes, that none of them are wearable, During your travel it seems that someone had a sense of humour and unpacked your case, squashed all your clothes into a ball, ironed them into a ball ensuring the wrinkles were permanent, and then repacked your case for you.

In truth, it would not seem that there are such humorous baggage handlers, but actually poor baggage packers. Using simple techniques such as choosing suitable materials, polyester rather than cotton for example, and by rolling clothes rather than folding them, it is possible to protect your clothes from damage in transit. There is nothing quite like arriving at your hotel, opening your case and taking out an outfit, being able to put it straight on and enjoying the first few minutes of your holiday as you had always intended.

Similarly, breakages are an excellent way of ruining the start of your holiday. Arriving to find that your expensive perfume bottle broke will certainly ensure that you smell fantastic for your holiday, so fantastic in fact that the people back home will be able to detect you, but it is unlikely to put a smile on your face. Therefore, to ensure that you are one of the smug tourists, make sure that you pack your liquids and cosmetics in separate sealable bags or containers, so that in the event of a breakage, the liquid will not leak out onto other clothes.

All of these techniques, and others, are extremely simple, and very easy to put into practice. The hardest thing about them is trying to keep a straight face when you find yourself one of the envied travellers who seem to fly through the awkward parts of tour travel and get on and enjoy your holiday, whilst other people are recovering from the experience caused by poor planning.
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