Wednesday, December 22, 2010
No travel itinerary can prepare you for 36 hours trapped in an airport due to snow, canceled flights or a yuletide backlog.
In December 2009, terminals across the nation were clogged with twice the average number of canceled flights. Based on personal experience, Coupon Sherpa has created a guide for surviving such horrendous holiday delays, including a rundown of airports to avoid, how to pack your carry-on, what to do with children and an hour-by-hour guide to maintaining your sanity. A look at the clock includes:
Hour 1, Minute 10: Try to find an alternate route. If you're in a snowbound airport, no one is going anywhere. If planes are still flying, however, be the first to know about a flight headed to your destination. Skip mobs at the airline counter and either find a ticketing kiosk or download the FlightTrack application for iPhone and Android smartphones.
Hour 13: Keep yourself hydrated the cheap way. Hopefully you packed a Nalgene or similar bottle to fill at the nearby water fountain. It beats exorbitant prices on bottled water and staying hydrated will cut down on headaches.
Hour 31: Get some much-needed exercise. It's officially been four full work cycles since you arrived at the airport feeling spry as a teenager under mistletoe. Reinvigorate that youthful energy with a quick workout at an airport gym. These exercise havens are a growing trend across the nation, with independent centers popping up at LAX, Chicago O'Hare and Detroit Metropolitan. Visit AirportGyms.com for a full list of gyms, prices and ammenities in the U.S. and Canada.
Check out "How to Survive 36 Hours of Airport Delays" in time for the holidays.
Article by Coupon Sherpa at; http://couponsherpa.com/
Posted by Sandie lee at 1:14 PM