Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! I’m really excited to write this post because travelling on my own was a huge milestone for me. On the 30th of October 2017 I travelled from Dublin Airport to Gatwick Airport London on my own! This was a huge step for me because I was 17 and hadn’t left the country in over 10 years. I was travelling to London to meet my friend who lives in Brighton to spend the week of her birthday together.
Tip #1: Check what documentation you need to travel to your destination whether it’s a passport/ID or a visa.
But before I could travel I needed to renew my passport and that was a struggle! My father and mum had split up that May ( a year last week) and he wasn’t happy with my siblings and I because we didn’t want to see him or speak to him. He was pissed at us because we were telling people about the abuse we suffered at the hands pf him. So as usual he was being an ass and would not sign the form to give me permission to renew my passport. So that was weeks of struggling to make sure my documentation was up to date.
Tip #2: Pack clothes that suit the day and night weather and temperature of the destination you are travelling to.
My passport papers finally got signed and that’s when the fun began! I could begin to start planning what I was going to pack, what outfit I was wearing each day, how much money I would need and how much I would spend each day. Yes, I’m that organised neat freak who has their trip planned to the last tiny detail. In an old post of mine I talked about my anxiety and when things aren’t planned or go wrong my anxiety skyrockets. The UK has almost the same weather as Ireland so I knew it would be cold as it was heading into winter
Tip #3: Book your flights directly through the airline or with a reliable third party.
When I booked my tickets, I booked them directly through the Aer Lingus. I felt this was the safest option to me and seeing as I was underage third parties couldn’t let me use their services. I felt safest with my booking through the airline because if there was any problems with my flight or booking I could go and talk to someone face to face to try and fix the problem. It may have cost me a little extra money to go through Aer Lingus but it was most definitely worth the money. I had such a pleasant, easy and comfortable trip. I will most definitely continue to fly with them.
Tip #4: Arrive early for check in and check in your suitcase ( if you’re taking one) to make sure it gets put on the plane in time.
My flight was to begin boarding at 10:25am. I arrived at the airport at 8:00am to be 100% sure I was there on time and was checked in.
Tip #5: Print off your boarding pass if you don’t have it already.
With Aer Lingus they have machines that check you and your bag in and also prints off your boarding pass of you need it. You just follow the well written instructions and you are checked in, your bag is checked in and your boarding pass in a matter of minutes! Although I’d suggest to print off your boarding pass before going to the airport just to be safe. I always print duplicates!
Tip #6: Go through to security
Once check in is done make your way to the departure gates. In Dublin airport you just hand your boarding pass and passport to the person at the desk and go into security. In other airports they have scanners and they never work for me! I always get stuck in the stupid thing.
Tip #7: Make sure any liquids stored in your carry on bag is 100ml or less and are packaged in clear bags.
I had a checked bag so all my liquids were in there so I didn’t have to worry about that side of things! So this was super easy!
Tip #8: Take all electronics out of you bag and place them into the basket.
Getting my basket I placed my phone, Ipod and camera into it along with everything else I had on me like my hoodie that I was carrying.
Tip #9: If you’re wearing a belt. Take it off and place it into the basket.
Hold onto your trousers! You do not want to give the whole place a show! Luckily enough I didn’t wear a belt.
Tip #10: Now all the hard stuff is over! My last piece of advice is sit close to the notice board so you can check your gate number when it shows, sit back and relax.
I was honestly so worried to travel on my own. I couldn’t help but over think and worry myself about everything that could go wrong. But it was easy and I can do it all the time now! Don’t be scared just do it!
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