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Incredibly Simple Travel Tips to Take Stress Out of Flying Check out these tips and tricks to make your experience less stressful. After all, you do want to arrive with joy in your heart and kind words on your lips.

By The Epoch Times Edited by Charles Muselli

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Flying is back. If you plan to travel by air this summer, one thing is for certain: You won't be alone. The TSA estimated that summer air travel is going to break records.

It goes without saying that you need to get to the airport early. But this summer, as things return to normal, plan to double the time you might otherwise allow to arrive, get through security, and to your gate. The TSA is experiencing delays due to being understaffed. Its rules are frequently being amended and changed, so make sure you stay current.

Beyond that, check out these tips and tricks to make your experience less stressful. After all, you do want to arrive with joy in your heart and kind words on your lips.

Seat Selection

When it comes to travel, few things are worse than getting stuck in a seat that doesn't recline or ending up in a row next to the lavatory with people hovering over you for the entire flight. I avoid these kinds of mishaps by checking before I choose my seat on flights.

SeatGuru is fantastic, and it's free. You can find the seating chart for every airline, every aircraft in that airline's fleet, and the specific chart for the aircraft scheduled for your exact flight. Once you have that chart, you can see the pros and cons of every seat.

Travel tip: Even though Southwest Airlines doesn't offer reserved seating, know the seating chart for your particular flight. Have a few options in mind before you board and you'll take the guesswork out of making your seat selection once you're onboard.

Turn Left

When deciding which security line to get in, keep this in mind: The majority of people, without thinking, tend to turn to the right when there is an option. That makes those lines to the right longer in length.

Travel tip: Consciously turn to the left instead.

Bag the Change

In 2020, the TSA collected $926,030.44 in unclaimed money that passengers left behind at U.S. airports in the containers provided while going through the security checkpoints!

Travel tip: Don't show up at the airport security with loose change in your pockets. Plan ahead and put it in a zip-top plastic bag, pouch, or fanny-pack, and store it in your carry-on bag until you are through security.

Wear a Watch

The secret for minimizing jet lag is to trick your body into making the time adjustment gradually when you know you'll be crossing time zones. For a day or so before departure, wear an old-fashioned watch and stop depending on your phone for the time. Set the watch to the time zone of your destination, then start wearing your time-adjusted watch for about 48 hours before departure to make your brain adopt the local time and reset your circadian rhythm ahead of your arrival.

Travel tip: Avoid the temptation to look to your phone, or even clocks, to see what time it is once you get to the airport. By now, checking your watch instead will be quite easy since you will have already begun to create a new habit. Repeat for the return trip home.

Bring Your Own Disinfecting Wipes

Airplanes are a lot cleaner than they used to be pre-pandemic. Back then, about all they did between flights to clean the restrooms was restock toilet tissue and spritz Lysol into the air. That tray table? The armrests? Rarely, if ever, were they cleaned.

While the whole sanitizing and air filtration protocols have changed, they're not perfect. You don't know what passengers before you have done on that tray table and stuffed into the pocket. It may have been emptied, but that's about it. This is especially true on connecting flights where some of the passengers disembark and new folks board. I've sat there observing and I assure you: Do not assume.

Travel tip: Bring your own fresh disinfecting wipes. Clean your space first thing once you sit down.

Don't Get in Line

Stuff happens, flights get canceled. And when they do, everyone gets in line to get rebooked. But not you. Don't follow the herd. Turn the other way. Find a seat, pull out your phone and call the airline. The operator can do everything the gate agent can, and probably much sooner than for all those people standing in line.

Travel tip: Double dip and call while in line.

By Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt is the founder of, a frugal living blog, and author of the book "Debt-Proof Living." Mary invites you to visit her at her website, where this column is archived complete with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments at, "Ask Mary." Tips can be submitted at This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Copyright 2021

The Epoch Times, founded in 2000, is headquartered in Manhattan, New York, with a mission to provide independent and accurate information free of political bias or corporate influence. The organization was established in response to censorship within China and a lack of global awareness regarding the Chinese regime's repression of the spiritual practice Falun Gong.

The Epoch Times is a widely read newspaper that is distributed in 33 countries and is available in 21 languages. The publication has been critical in providing balanced and detailed reporting on major global events such as the 2003 SARS pandemic and the 2008 financial crisis. Notably, the organization has played a key role in exposing corruption inside China.

Aside from its human rights coverage, The Epoch Times has made significant contributions in a variety of fields. It has received praise for its in-depth analysis and expert perspectives on business, the economy and U.S. politics. The newspaper has also received praise for its broad coverage of these topics.

A series of editorials titled "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" appeared in The Epoch Times in 2004. It asserts that freedom and prosperity in China can only be achieved by eliminating the Communist Party, which violated China's cultural and spiritual values. In addition, the organization led the Tuidang movement, which resulted in over 400 million Chinese citizens quitting the Communist Party. In spite of this, 90% of websites referring to the "Nine Commentaries" were blocked by the Chinese regime.

The Epoch Times has been at the forefront of investigating high-level corruption cases within the Chinese regime, with its reporters taking significant risks to uncover these stories. The organization has received several awards for its investigative journalism.

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