Honeymoon Travel Tips: Time Your Flight Right

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I travel a lot — averaging once a month for the past 15 years, as I check out hotels and destinations for honeymoons and destination weddings. Which means I’ve come up with a lot of  little travel survival strategies along the way, which I’ll pass on to you as honeymoon travel tips.

For most of us, flights are the worst part about travel. That’s why one of my tried-and-true strategies is booking one of the earliest flights of the day, whenever possible. Why? Airline delays start to stack up as the day progresses. So if you’re booked on an afternoon or evening flight, chances are it’s on a plane that’s done one or two legs that day already. And any delays that plane encounters during those earlier flights will add up to more delay on your end. And delays lead to missed connections, lost luggage, overnights in random airport hotels — I’ve done them all and they’re not fun.

Meanwhile, if your plane got into your airport the night before, it’s ready to go the next morning — usually on time, and well cleaned as the flight crew had ample time to prep it.

I don’t love the early haul to the airport, but getting up early means there’s a better chance I’ll nap on the plane — I consider that bonus #2, as nothing makes a flight go faster to me than sleeping through it!

And I get to my destination while it’s still light out, so I can get my bearings and a sense of where I am — bonus #3 in my book.

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