Planning your Trip
Catching a flight from Glasgow Airport? Here are some top tips to make your journey as simple and enjoyable as possible.
Packing & Airport Security
Don't let packing your bags be a bother. Instead, follow some quick tips to make the most of your packing:
- Categorise your items in coloured or labeled bags. That way, if you ever have to get quick access to something in the airport, you won't have to unpack your whole suitcase.
- Roll your clothes rather than fold them. It helps reduce the creasing and you can often fit more into the same space.
- If you are travelling with someone else, pack half of your items in one suitcase, and half in your travel partner's suitcase. Then if you are unfortunate enough to have one of your suitcases go missing, at least you'll both have some of your items to keep you going until the other suitcase turns up.
- Don't pack valuable items in your hold luggage, and instead keep them on you at all times in your carry-on luggage.
- Add something to your suitcase that will make it stand out, like a colourful sticker, and that way you will be able to find it with greater ease in arrivals. You don't want to miss your baggage as it goes around the baggage carousel.
The other thing to consider is security. Some items are not permitted in your hand luggage, including anything that could be considered dangerous. You can find a list of these at the Civil Aviation Authority website, so make sure you avoid packing anything you cannot take with you.
If you are taking any liquids or gels in your hand luggage, make sure they are in containers no larger than 100 ml. All of these containers should also fit into one small plastic bag, so don't take too many with you.
Before you leave home, do a final check for the essential items including your passport, flight tickets, any visas you need, and your credit card. If you have http://www.travelinsuranceguide.org.uk/ travel insurance], make sure you also take your policy details with you and keep them on you.
Don't Miss Your Flight
There is nothing worse than a last-minute dash to the departure gate, so always make sure you arrive in good time. You should ideally arrive three hours before your international flight departs, so check the travel conditions well in advance to make sure you will not experience any delays on the road. If travelling by train, check that the trains are all running smoothly, and always give yourself plenty of time to arrive.
Prefer to stay in a hotel and travel direct to the airport from there? You'll find many Glasgow hotels to choose from, so book one in advance.
Get the Best Rates on Your Foreign Exchange
You can always buy foreign currency at the airport, but you may want to arrange any money you need in advance. The more time you have, the more opportunity you have to compare rates and commissions to ensure you get the best deal.
Also, by sorting it out in advance, you don't have to worry about fluctuations in the exchange rates as your travel date approaches.
Compare Travel Insurance for the Best Deals
If you want to save some money on your travel insurance, compare the different policies that are available. You can easily do this by visiting the websites of insurance providers, many of which you will find here. However, avoid simply buying the cheapest you can because you want to ensure you have the correct level of travel for your trip, so use both the price and the cover level to decide which is the most suitable policy for you.
Tips for Saving When You Travel
Want to save money when you travel overseas from Glasgow Airport? Here are a few tips to help you:
- If you plan to use the internet overseas, avoid using mobile roaming because this can be expensive. Instead, use an app that will search for Wi-Fi hotspots so you can access the internet for free.
- Look out for tourist passes when travelling to cities. These provide free or reduced-price entry to major attractions and public transport.
- Doing any shopping on holiday? Keep your receipts because you may be able to claim back the tax when you leave the country.
- Always be on the lookout for discount vouchers for attractions and restaurants in your destination.
- Compare travel insurance, hotels, flights, taxi services and anything else you can online to make sure you are getting the best deals.
Top Attractions in Glasgow
Got some time to spare in Glasgow? Them make sure you visit some of the fantastic attractions that you'll find in the city:
- St Andrew's Cathedral, a beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the early 19th century, which contains religious works of art.
- Glasgow Science Centre, a fascinating experience for adults and children of all ages, which includes a planetarium.
- The Tall Ship, called the Glenlee, a ship dating back to 1896 that has now been turned into a fascinating museum.
- St Enoch Centre, the perfect place to hit the shops and stock up for your trip.
- Titan Clydebank, an old shipbuilding crane form which you can enjoy stunning views over Glasgow.