Travel – Have You Got the 4 Ps?
Taking a trip doesn’t have to be a stress-fest – not if you are ready for anything. It’s all about getting the 4Ps lined up. Here they are:
Preparation is not just about planning your trip well and having your itinerary, it’s also about being prepared for the unexpected. If you’re traveling with kids, that means taking along some extra entertainment and snacks in case of flight delays. Or it could mean putting your laptop in a TSA-approved bag so you don’t have to unpack it at the security checkpoints. You will best know what your particular pain points are and how best to avoid them.
Don’t be the person holding up the line because your suitcase is too heavy. Find out weight and size restrictions in advance and choose your luggage accordingly. Think about what’s really essential and what’s just nice to have and if you’re taking a domestic vacation, then it’s just as easy to buy your travel supplies when you arrive as before you leave home – all the same stores will still be available.
You’ll need to load up with an extra supply of patience before you take your trip. When you’ve been traveling for hours, it’s easy to let little things irritate you. But seasoned travelers know that things go wrong, flights get delayed, gate assignments get changed and so on – and complaining about them won’t change the facts – you might even feel worse. A resolutely sunny disposition, if you can swing it, will make everyone feel better and make it a better trip for you.
Following on from that, your Ps ad Qs make a good accompaniment to any trip. This may mean helping someone who is struggling to put hand baggage in the overhead bin (rather than tutting loudly and looking at your watch), switching seats with someone so a couple can sit together, or respecting your seatmate’s preference for polite conversation or complete silence. Mutual politeness does a lot to make the trip go more smoothly.
So those are my 4Ps for a great trip – what would you add?
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