How to... travel like a boss
June 25, 2014
This kind of goes without saying, but if you don't want to risk sitting in between a couple of boisterous amateur rugby players or in front of a screaming toddler kicking the back of your seat, then flying economy class is out of the window.
However, to truly travel in comfort - and style - you have to do much more than just stump up for a business or First Class ticket. Here are our tips to ensure that whether you're flying for business or pleasure, you know you'll be in complete comfort.
Dress the part
Although looking good is obviously essential, comfort while flying - especially long-haul - is absolutely paramount. A familiar made-to-measure jacket will keep you at ease and the pockets will prove invaluable for carrying your passport, boarding pass and other important documents. Other key pieces are comfortable shoes you can slip on and off - particularly important at security - and light, travel-friendly trousers.
Don't scrimp on the details either, a nice tie, tie bar, pocket square and cufflinks will take up no room at all in your bag and elevate your look.
Pick a better class of flight
Okay, so a standard business-class ticket on most airlines is all well and good and will no doubt provide you with a decent amount of legroom, reasonable food and priority check-in. But for the real luxury traveller, something a little bit special is required. Think an all-business-class flight,
your own apartment
in the sky, or maybe even a private jet
So you've stumped up for a luxurious flight and you arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed, like you've just stepped out of a spa. But if you've checked your baggage in, you'll find yourself jostling for position at the conveyor belt, waiting an inordinate amount of time for your bag to arrive.
The sensible traveller packs smart and takes only what he can carry onboard, thus ensuring a quick exit. It's also important not to overpack your hand luggage - the last thing you want when your flight gets delayed is a heavy load on your shoulders.
[caption id="attachment_4071" align="alignnone" width="955"] Don't be left high and dry at baggage reclaim.
Have your transfers arranged
It's no use having a smooth flight and quick exit from the terminal only to be left waiting in the taxi queue outside, or having to pander to a guy curb crawling in a Lexus.
Save yourself the hassle and book a private car to pick you up on arrival. If where you're going happens to be a luxury hotel, check in advance if they offer a limousine service on arrival.
The days of having to buy a coffee just to get some free Wi-Fi are well and truly over. The luxury traveller is connected all the time - if he wants to be.
For the man who needs unlimited access wherever he is in the world, most first-rate airlines now offer in-flight internet capabilities, so you can close that business deal while cruising at 40,000 feet.