When you fly a lot, when you’re part of the travelers’ tribe (as some like to call it), you have your own routines, hacks
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Optimizing your time
There are several things I tend to do before boarding to maximise my time.
- Travel light. I make sure to try and pack only hand luggage (see my packing list), which massively speeds up my check-in.
- Avoid the masses. I try and avoid the key rush hours (specific morning hours, evening hours) and either come early or
tryavoid masses in another way (priority check-in, etc).
- Work from the lounge or another quiet spot. Although Lounges usually aren’t my favorite place on earth (apart from the new KLM lounge on Schiphol maybe), I try and work in a quiet coffee with some coffee and fresh fruit to maximise my time at the airport.
- Save laptop battery. I try and save battery as much as possible when
onthe airport. Over the years, I have learned that it’s best to enter a plane with a battery as close to 100% as possible, as you never know when the next time will be you’ll encounter a power socket. That means charging your battery in a lounge, at the gate, at a Starbucks, wherever you can.
Boarding might be the toughest thing here. Many airlines have been testing with different ways of boarding, but
- Economy comfort. Most of the time I will try and get a economy comfort (the seats just behind business class) style of seat, which usually allows me to get seated quickly and leave the plane quickly (saving time).
- Priority boarding. Priority boarding will gain you some time.
Waiting for the plane to leave
While waiting for the plane to leave (in between seating and the plane taking off), I usually open my laptop to send some last emails and finish some final things before closing my laptop for take-off.
Take-off and landing
I use the devices that are allowed during take-off and landing (phone, tablet) to usually read a bit (Pocket) and/or reply to some emails.
I use the devices that are allowed
Doing tasks that help make most of your in-flight time
- I use Pocket to store articles I find. Pocket makes it easy to read articles offline. Usually, during take-off and landing (when I can’t use my laptop), I will sift through stored articles and share interesting ones with colleagues and friends.
- Structuring my todos. I often spend some time working through my Evernote todos.
- Writing. I love writing on the plane. As I hardly have any distractions, I can focus either on writing speeches, copy or even get some blogging done for my business or for this travel blog.
- Email. Same goes for email. I usually rush through my inbox while I’m disconnected from wifi.
- Presentations. Keynote and bad airline coffee is a match from heaven.
Using devices that can be used to make most of your in-flight time
- Phone: Reading in Pocket.
- Tablet: Reading in Pocket, working through Evernote todos.
- Laptop: Writing, Keynote, Email.
So, what do you do to make the most of your in-flight time – European flights?