Money Matters Team

5 tips for surviving long journeys

By Money Matters Team 19/11/2015

Planning a long trip? Here's how to get the most from your journey.

From planning the perfect long-haul airport stopover to clever ways of keeping the kids happy when driving them around, we've got some creative ways to help you survive long journeys by whatever means of transport you choose.

We've all seen Steve Martin in that classic comedy – but if you don’t want to end up cuddling a stranger's, err... pillow, here are five clever ways to survive the longest plane, train or automobile journey.

1 Get your timing right when travelling with kids

If you're doing a long car journey with children, wait until they're asleep before leaving and try to do the bulk of the driving after rush hour. That way you should have a trip with relatively little traffic – and no cries of "Are we there yet?" from the back seat.

2 Check airport facilities before you book your plane ticket

If you're travelling somewhere that involves a connecting flight, find out which transfer airports have gyms and saunas and plan your ticket around that. It's energising – or relaxing, depending on which you plump for – and a much better way to pass the time than sitting in the bar or cafe.

3 Make the journey part of your holiday

Plan some interesting stops into a long journey to make your trip more bearable – and safer. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20% of car accidents, so this way you get to see more and get some much-needed rest.

4 Beat jetlag with clever snacks

If you're on a long-haul flight, take snacks on board the plane with you that are high in melatonin. This hormone helps you fall asleep and will help with jet lag. Melatonin-rich foods include cherries, bananas, rice, ginger and walnuts. Sweet dreams!

5 Pack a pashmina

Pashminas or oversized scarves are worth their weight in gold when travelling. Apart from looking great draped around your neck, they can also be used to keep you warm on a chilly plane when they've run out blankets, folded to make a pillow for the car or train, as a makeshift sarong for the beach... and even used to carry stuff home from the local market if you've forgotten to take a bag with you. Talk about multi-tasking!

For more holiday tips and ideas, check out our great feature on travelling abroad for Christmas.

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