Roam Free Ninja Easily Solves Your Internet Problems in Croatia

Roam Free Ninja Easily Solves Your Internet Problems in Croatia

Ah, these modern days. How many times did you start to plan the trip and then realized you will not be able to use Google Maps or search for the nice restaurants as you go because of the expensive roaming charges? We are so used to having the internet all the time, we tend to forget about that little fact while traveling abroad. Worry no more, Roam Free Ninja has you covered!

Your visit to Croatia now can be absolutely careless and painless. You can rent a cute, pocket-sized mobile hotspot and have the high-speed internet wherever you go. Many restaurants and bars in Croatia do have a WIFI connection, but if you are anything like us you do not want to choose a place to eat by that criteria! 🙂 

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What actually is Roam Free Ninja?

Roam Free Ninja is a portable WIFI router which allows you to stay connected during your trip in Croatia. No matter if you need it for business or you just like to share your adventures with your friends and followers, Ninja will provide the service you need and – it will fit any pocket or personal bag! Don’t let the size fool you; it is smaller than a phone, but you get a proper internet and UNLIMITED service. Just what a modern-day traveler needs!

I met Ana from Ninja a few weeks ago over the coffee to find out more about the service and company, and we both agreed it would be awesome if we tried it personally. For three days, we had an opportunity to test it and play around with it. 

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How does Ninja work?

Ninja is extremely simple to use. After choosing your pick-up or delivery point, you will receive the device together with USB cable to charge it. When the battery gets empty, you can plug it in your phone charger or computer for the fast charge. So, when you get the device, all you need to do is turn in on. On the left side there are two small buttons, just press the upper one for few seconds.

After the welcome message, in approximately one minute the WIFI signal sign will appear and your device will be able to detect the network. The network appears in the format of www.RoamFree.Ninja_xxxx (while xxxx is the number of your Ninja) and you can log in. You will find the password on the back side of your Ninja (numbers under the barcode).

If you are traveling with a family or group of friends, the great news is you can connect up to 10 devices. Phones, tablets, laptops, … you do not need to limit yourself.

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Should I get one Ninja for my trip?

Yes, you should! You can buy a SIM card, though, but your internet package will be limited and on one device only (well, if you do not use your phone as a hotspot, but that is not a long-term solution). If you want to check you Instagram on the beach, write a new blog post or work while on the road or just enjoy the fact you can connect anytime – this device is made for you!

What we absolutely loved about Ninja:

  • You will be totally internet independent. 
  • Small and cute. Fits everywhere.
  • Easy delivery and drop off, wherever you want.
  • Easy to charge. We all use USB chargers every day.
  • No traffic limits! You can use up 20 GB per day at full 21.5 Mbps speed.
  • You can connect up to 10 devices at the same time.
  • You cannot forget the password. It is glued on it! 🙂
  • It works!

Do not forget nobody is perfect:

  • Not the fastest option sometimes. We used it during the cloudy day in suburbs of Zagreb and the speed went only up to 4 Mbps. The speed will always depend on the quality of the network (it uses T-mobile) at your location. T-mobile has the best coverage in the country, what’s great. 
  • Battery life. We used it moderately over three days and we did not need to charge it. If you use it during the whole day, make sure to have an external battery with you. It does not last forever.
  • Price. It depends on the length of rental and varies from 6.25 to 8.95 euro per day. If you are traveling alone, it can be a bit pricey option, but when you divide it among a group of people, it is actually very affordable. There is no delivery and return fee.

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How to book Roam Free Ninja?

Visit Roam Free Ninja website, choose the desired dates and how would you like it delivered. You can put in the address of your accommodation, pick it up at the airport or Ninja’s office or even get it personally delivered in Zagreb. The payment can be done directly by the credit card or via Paypal if you prefer that option.

You will get an envelope with prepaid postage so all you need to do to send it back is to leave it at the reception of your hotel or drop in any mailbox. Can it be any easier?! 

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Our humble opinion is that Roam Free Ninja is the best mobile internet solution you can find in Croatia and we cannot recommend it enough!

I just hope they would expand their service to the bordering countries because it is like made for our road trips. Until then, head over to their website and make your vacation in Croatia hassle free!

Thank you Roam Free Ninja for giving us the opportunity to try out this fantastic service. 

 
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One Week In Slovenia: The Itinerary & Budget For Perfect Holidays

One Week In Slovenia: The Itinerary & Budget For Perfect Holidays

Our one week in Slovenia passed fast! The trip was amazing and we really loved the combination of hiking in nature, road tripping and discovering charming small towns of Slovenia. Also, we are amazed how pet-friendly is Slovenia and we cannot recommend it enough if you travel with a pet!

Honestly, we were planning to visit Croatian coast and spend some days soaking in Adriatic and exploring islands Dugi otok and Pag. But it was mid-September already and, even though the weather was excellent by then, the forecast was not so promising for the following week. Not willing to risk water would not be warm enough for swimming, we opted for Slovenia. I also became a little bit nostalgic and wanted Jaime to get to know the homeland of my dear grandmother.

At the beginning, it was hard to choose places to visit because, as always, we wanted to visit ALL! After a little bit of research, we decided to go for Logar Valley, Bled and Bohinj Lakes, Ljubljana and several small cities like Ptuj, Kranj, Kamnik or Radovljica. 

Read more: Hiking in Slovenia for beginners

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One week in Slovenia – where to and for how much?

DAY 1. Zagreb – Ptuj – Robanov kot – Solčava

Our starting point was Zagreb, Croatia and we traveled by car. All places we visited must be pet-friendly because our lovely Lota joined us on the trip. So, we loaded up gas, bought a one week vignette for Slovenia (carefully! every car entering the highway in Slovenia must have valid vignette sticker) and we were ready to go. Our first stop was Ptuj, a cute town close to Maribor, after which we took a local road to Robanov kot and enjoyed our first hike. Already tired, in the afternoon we arrived in Solčava, a beautiful village located on the food of the mountain Raduha.

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The first day we did not have many expenses, besides travel cost and accommodation. For lunch, we found a wonderful place during our hike and had a picnic in the meadow, enjoying homemade food and scenery at the same time. In the evening we stopped by the local restaurant (and the only restaurant) in Solčava and shared a pizza and pancakes, together with some beers for Jaime and puddingish hot chocolate for me. It was cheap and surprisingly delicious! Total spend for the day was 136,96€.

  • Full tank of gas 53,30€
  • One week vignette 15€
  • Sodas for the trip 2,26€
  • Toll for Croatian highway 6,4€
  • Apartment in Solčava 43€
  • Dinner in Solčava 17,70€

DAY 2. LOGAR VALLEY

The second day of the trip, we headed to the beautiful Logar valley. Even though we discussed parking in front and skipping paying the entrance fee, Jaime ended up entering with a car. In the end, that was cool because we picked up the car and drove ourselves to lunch in the middle of the valley, in Ojstrica restaurant. After 15 km hike, we were not in the mood for walking with full bellies. We were not really hungry in the evening, but I loved the pancakes in the local restaurant so much, we decided to visit them again. Total spend for the day was 85,30€.

  • Entrance fee to Logar Valley 7€
  • Lunch in Ojstrica restaurant in Logar Valley 27,80€
  • Dinner in local restaurant in Solčava 7,5€

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DAY 3. SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD – JEZERSKO – KRANJ – VISOKO

Day three came fast and we were packing our bags for Visoko near Kranj. I discovered some interesting roads like Solčava panoramic road and the road through Austria and Jezersko region, so we decided to drive a bit more. The ride was great, as well as the views we enjoyed around the town of Jezersko. Around noon we reached Kranj, grabbed a lunch and strolled around the city, before heading to our apartment in Visoko, only 10 minutes ride away. We made dinner at home, our traditional soup and pasta dinners while traveling. This day we spent the least money. Total spend for the day was 74,30€.

  • Coffee in Jezersko 2,60€
  • Lunch in Kranj 14,70€
  • Ice cream in Kranj 4€
  • Apartment in Visoko 53€

Read more: 8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person

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Solčava Panoramic Road

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Jezersko, lake Plašnar

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Kranj city center

DAY 4. VINTGAR GORGE – BLED

Our day trip to Bled turned out to be quite expensive! It was only half an hour drive from Visoko, but we had some problems with our vignette so we needed to buy a new one, or risk getting a fee. Also, Lota’s eyes got infected so our first stop was a veterinarian in Lesce. I found a wonderful vet with big, professional ambulance and we were amazed by service and care they took of Lota! 

Before the noon we already discovered Vintgar George and Bled Castle. Soon we discovered all the parking around the lake is chargeable, but we managed to find one parking where we can stay the whole day. Good choice, because we had so much around the lake that stayed more than 6 hours! After a nice lunch, we bought few postcards and souvenirs, walked around the lake and we even rented a boat to visit an island. The cream cakes in hotel Park were a great way to end our day in Bled before we headed back to our comfortable apartment in Visoko. Total spend for the day was 182,30€.

  • New one week vignette 15€
  • Lota’s visit to the vet 21€
  • Entry ticket to Vintgar Gorge for two 8€
  • Entry ticket to Bled Castle for two 20€
  • Whole day parking in Bled 5€
  • Postcards and souvenirs 4,80€
  • Lunch in Mlini restaurant in Bled 35€
  • Renting a boat for one hour 10€
  • Cream cakes in Park hotel 10,50€
  • Apartment in Visoko 53€
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Vintgar Gorge

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Bled castle

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Bled lake

DAY 5. RADOVLJICA – BOHINJ – JEREKA

Our stay in Visoko came to its end! On the way to Bohinj lake, we stopped in an outdoor museum-town Radovljica where we bought organic cookies for our dogs and tried local cakes. It was a beautiful, sunny day and (after many foggy mornings) we decided to seize the day and go up to Vogel this afternoon. We stayed the night close to the lake, in a small village of Jereka and grabbed a pizza for dinner. Total spend for the day was 136,64€.

  • Papi organic dog snacks 4,60€
  • Coffee and cakes in Radovljica 11€
  • Vogel cable car for two with lunch 32€
  • Vogel cable car for Lota 4€
  • French fries at Vogel’s restaurant 3,5€
  • Apartment in Jereka 69,54€
  • Pizza for dinner 12€
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Radovljica

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Bohinj lake from Vogel cable car

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The Alps

DAY 6. BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA

The day at Bohinj was full of adventures and activities. We walked, rode in the boat, road the boat and enjoyed a nice lunch. We were also highly disappointed with parking solutions and paid way too much for 6-hour parking. Before heading to Ljubljana, the car needed some more gas and Maja needed an ice cream. The hotel in Ljubljana was free of charge through SPG reward points so we treated ourselves to a nicer dinner. Total spend for the day was 138,30€.

  • parking fee in Bohinj 10€
  • tourist boat one-way ticket for two 18€
  • postcard 1,40€
  • set menu for lunch 28,80€
  • renting a kayak for one hour 9€
  • gas 19,95€
  • ice cream 1,65€
  • dinner in Ljubljana 49,50€
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Lake Bohinj

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Lake Bohinj

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Ribčev Laz, Bohinj

DAY 7. LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB

Even our hotel was paid by points, we still needed to settle the city tax and surcharge for Lota (superhigh 20€!). Right after we headed to the city center and grabbed the breakfast from the bakery. We got some more souvenirs (honey and beer), strolled around the city and found a great pizzeria for lunch. It was already 3 pm and our free Ljubljana tour just started! Tour was great, but long and it already started to get dark. The trip has finished and it was time to go home. Total spend for the day was 84,14€.

  • hotel in Ljubljana 22,54€
  • buns for breakfast 3,50€
  • souvenirs 15,70€
  • lunch in Ljubljana 25€
  • ice cream in Vigo 6,60€
  • Ljubljana free tour tips 10€
  • the toll for Croatian highway 0,80€
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Tivoli park, Ljubljana

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Ljubljana city center

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Ljubljana city center

In a week, we visited seven different locations and in total spent 837,94€, including all accommodation and transportation fees. It makes it average of 119,70€ per day of travel for two persons and a dog, or 59,85€ per person each day.

Every day, except the last day, we had breakfast at home as well as I cooked few dinners. Other meals we ate in the restaurants of all categories – from fancy Julija restaurant in Ljubljana to set menu restaurant in Bohinj. 

The fact we traveled with a dog cost us 52€ because two accommodations charged additionally for cleaning after a pet, we needed to pay 4€ extra for the Vogel cable car and she got sick so veterinarian in Lesce saved us. If we chose accommodation with no extra charges for a pet, we would easily save 27€ (and we will next time). 

To sum up, one week in Slovenia was a great way to spend holidays and we will happily come back again very soon. 

 

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5 great tips & tricks how to minimize jet lag symptoms

5 great tips & tricks how to minimize jet lag symptoms

After 16 hours long flight, I just wanted to sleep. Although the midnight had passed, my inner clock was set differently. I just came back from Mexico and my body was accustomed to completely different time zone. It was midnight, I was exhausted, but my body was saying it is not the time to sleep. For me, it was 5 pm. I was rotating in the bed until 5 am, cursing a jet lag.

What is jet lag?

Jet lag is a temporary disorder caused by a rapid change of time zones during the air travel. It is also known as time zone change syndrome or desynchronosis and it may cause insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, confusion, dizziness, headache and other physical and psychological symptoms. The intensity of the symptoms may vary according to person, a number of time zones changed and the way of travel.

For example, I have no problems changing even seven time zones when I travel from east to west, but backward I don’t sleep for days. They say body can adjust to the new time zone at the rate of one or two zones per day. I would agree with it in the case of eastward travel, but when you travel westward you can adjust much faster (in day or two tops).

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However, if in the following days you have some important obligations, time zone change can be a real pain in the ass. It is definitely not easy to wake up at 7 am if you couldn’t fall asleep until 5 am. I read lots of advice how to survive the jet lag, but some of them are just not so easy to apply.

For example, they say you should start adjusting your body to the new time zone few days before the travel. Well, most of the people work or study and they cannot stay awake until 2 am just because they are traveling soon. Because I can’t take a vacation before the actual vacation, here are some tips what I do in order to minimize jet lag symptoms when I’m changing more than three time zones.

Tips how to minimize jet lag symptoms

1) Right after I am seated on the plane, I adjust my watch to the destination time. It helps me track how much hours of flight are left and adapt to new time since the beginning of a journey.

2) I drink a lot. I always carry a bottle with me and I fill it up with water after passing the security control at the airport, if the water is drinkable. I also buy some juice, soda or more water at the airport. I know it is ridiculously expensive, but nothing is worse than dehydration after the long flight. I don’t like to depend on the drinks in the plane and I always make sure I have something to drink with me. Do not drink too much coffee or alcohol, though. It will make things worse.

Mexatia.com | Jet lag symptoms3) Since I started to sleep very light on the plane, I asked my doctor to give me some sleeping pills I can use during the longer travels. Some people may not need it, but I found myself feeling even more terrible after not having almost nothing sleep during the flight.

On my way to Mexico, I took two pills short after the takeoff, completely forgetting the dinner is going to be served. The stewardess was three rows away from my seat with all the foods and drinks and somehow I managed to fall asleep before she reached me. 🙂 So be careful with the pills, you may miss your meal. I also found this pills which are supposed to make jet lag symptoms less present.

4) When I arrive at the destination, I always try to adjust to new time zone as soon as possible. That means staying awake longer while traveling west, or trying to sleep earlier while traveling east. Also, I adjust my meals and I try to eat light food full of proteins in the adequate time.

5) Take power naps. If you are super tired, there is no point in staying awake. Take a nap. I sleep maybe an hour or hour and a half what is enough to get some additional energy and go to bed at a normal time in the evening.

What do you do to avoid jet lag symptoms? Share your best tips and tricks.

 

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No, I do not travel with a carry-on. And I am proud of it!

No, I do not travel with a carry-on. And I am proud of it!

I need to make a confession. I am a terrible packer. My luggage is always overweight and I have always admired those who could travel with less baggage because for me packing has always been a huge challenge and I am just not able to travel with a carry-on only.

As much as I travel, I still struggle with packing and the fact I can’t bring the entire wardrobe is highly upsetting me. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I don’t like packing, it is just the opposite. The suitcase usually stands open on a couch weeks before the trip so I can pack easily and put the things in without any stress. Last minute packing is not my style and it’s definitely not for me. This way, I can enjoy the packing, don’t forget to bring some important things and exaggerate absolutely every time. 🙂

One month long trip around the US in 2012 was my first long trip. We were on a tight budget so we could not afford to ride around in the taxi, we were forced to use a public transportation during the entire trip instead. At that time, we lived in the US for four months already so you can imagine we had quite a lot of luggage.

Read more: First time flying tips: From airport to the airplane

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Now I know I am not able to travel with so much luggage because lots of nice people needed to help me by carrying my suitcase up and down the stairs. If they hadn’t, I would stay forever in New York’s subway because I was not able to take the suitcase out and not every station has an elevator. I’m not joking when I say this, but we were choosing the apartments and hostels according to whether the nearest subway had an elevator.

Any lowering to the subway or going anywhere down the stairs was a risk that I will die under a suitcase attack 😀 if anyone in the crowd accidentally pushed me or any part of my baggage. Basically, my lovely travel companion was helping me most of the time and I cannot thank her enough for that.

Whenever we arrived in the new city, we needed to take the bus or tram to our accommodation. Usually, I somehow managed to put the suitcase on the bus, but going out was a first class challenge. I put the suitcase on the edge of the stairs in front of me and literally punched it out from the bus.

And that’s how I returned home with hands full of blisters. Everyone thought that I got them from the hard work and actually they were the consequence of towing the luggage around the US for a month.

Read more: How to pack for your first flight

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Since then I’ve taken many trips, short or long and, honestly, I overpacked every single time, but I never brought so much luggage again. I realized each of my packing processes each time consists of five characteristic phases.

Phase #1. I will not carry lots of luggage!

Every, every single time I plan a trip I tell myself that I wouldn’t take so much luggage this time. The decision is firmly held up all the way to the moment when I actually start packing.

Phase #2. I need to take just this one more shirt!

While deciding what to take and putting the things in a bag maniacally, I always say “Just this, that’s what I really need”. And then, when I’m all packed, rummaging through the closet I usually discover something else I really need to take – like a shirt I had forgotten about.

Phase #3. I have too much stuff!

At the point when I’m almost completely packed, I put the luggage on a scale and horrifyingly scream “I have too much stuff!”. Too much is a relative term, but it may be more than 50 pounds I can enter the plane with, more than I planned to bring or just really too much for the four-day-long trip. Hmm okay, I will take the stilettos out and wear the other, lighter ones.

Read more: Six websites you should know about when flying

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Phase #4. I need it all!

Sometimes I do luggage revisions all alone, but usually, I need the help from someone who is not blindsided by the items and who can make a smarter decision than me. This is where my mom enters the scene and opens my eyes by telling me what I really don’t need on a trip. I decide to ignore her advice completely and take everything with me.

Phase #5. I will never take so much baggage again!

Usually, I start complaining about the weight somewhere around that time when I need to pull the suitcase out of the car at the airport. In Zagreb. The decision about packing more rationally next time is made again.

Read more: Useful tips how to minimize jet lag symptoms

In the end, I always come to the airport with the exact weight allowed. These days it seems to be “in” to travel only with a carry-on, but I have always preferred my own commodity and changing the clothes quite often. Honestly, I have never even tried to leave for a month with 8 or 10 kilos of luggage. I use a carry-on for weekend trips only and, even then I have few more bags hidden around the car.

I don’t exaggerate to extend that I take twenty nail polishes or anything like that, but a lot of things I take “just in case” are never needed. And again, it is better to have a jacket in Portugal than get cold. Or I’m just comforting myself?

Which is your travel style? Can you travel with a carry-on or you prefer to check in another bag?

 

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First Time Flying Tips: From Airport To Airplane Guide

First Time Flying Tips: From Airport To Airplane Guide

In March 2011, after I already made quite a few miles traveling, I finally went on a trip which included a plane ride. My first flight! I have always been attracted to the airplanes and I wasn’t worried about the flight itself, but the thrill has quickly turned from „yaaay“ to „naaah“ when I realized how much I did not know about flying!

When do I need to get to the airport… and what I should do then?! The more I read the forums and articles, the less I knew and I had more and more questions. The possibility that I will finish on another continent instead of in Rome was increasing. So here are some first time flying tips, I hope they are going to be helpful if you are about to start your flying career.

When should I be at the airport and what do I need to do next?!

COME ON TIME

The time required to complete all the formalities at the airport depends on the size of the airport and the country where it’s located. It is recommended to come at least two hours earlier, but in Zagreb, even an hour and a half would be enough (especially if you don’t have a morning flight).

In the other hand, if you depart from the airport in the United States or some other very big airport, you should definitely come three hours earlier due to more comprehensive security control and larger distances within the airport.

DO THE CHECK IN & PASS THE SECURITY

Before going to the plane, you need to check-in to the flight (or do it earlier online and just drop off your baggage), go through security check and wait for your boarding time to get into the plane. All this can be done in 15 minutes, but also can last longer than an hour. 

Larger airports are more likely to be crowded, so adjust your arrival time according to that. For example, security check in London Heathrow can take more than 30 minutes (on a good day), while I usually need less than 5 minutes to pass the same control in Zagreb.

If you are running late or have a short connection, some airports do have fast track lines where you can skip the wait. If not, you can always kindly ask the fellow travelers to allow you to go in front.

Read more: 6 websites you should know about when flying

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How my plane ticket looks like and what is a “check-in”?

Today’s plane tickets are generally electronic so you can come to the check-in counter with the printed purchase confirmation, or even without it. Upon the arrival to the airport, you need to go to the check-in counters and find the right one (look for it on the screens above the counters and search by the airline’s name or the destination). Check-in usually starts 120 minutes before the flight, for an international flight. The domestic flights often start a bit later.

In most of the cases, it is enough to hand over your documents to the counter person and place the luggage on a track. After the luggage is weighted, it receives the tags and it is taken away by the conveyor belt so the airport personnel can put it into the plane bunker. The counter person issues the boarding pass and checks you into the flight. The boarding pass contains your personal information and flight data and usually states the gate number, boarding time and seat number.

Read more: How to pack for your first flight

If you do the check in online, you will need to print out the boarding pass on your own. To do so, you just need to follow the instructions on a web check-in section of your airline. When you come to the airport, you can go directly to the baggage drop counter (which are usually less crowded) – if you have any luggage to drop, or go straight through the security to your gate.

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What happens at the security check?

The security check consists of passenger and baggage control. Passing through the security check can be quick and painless if you follow the next tips.

  • While waiting in a queue please remove your watches, belts and all the metal you are wearing. Do not do that when is your turn because you are creating a crowd unnecessarily.
  • Jewelry usually doesn’t need to be removed, but if you are not 100% sure should you remove it, ask the staff.
  • If you have any metal on (piercing) or inside you (metal plates, etc.) be prepared to show it to the officers or bring your medical records.
  • Wear clean and untorn socks. Sometimes you will need to take off your shoes, especially if you are wearing the boots a lot of metal on them or if you fly from the U.S. People are ashamed very often.
  • Before passing through a metal detector empty all your pockets.
  • All the items you need to put in the plastic containers, but do not overcrowd them.
  • The laptops need to be removed from the bags and put into a separate box, with no other items in it. Lately, they ask to take out other electronic devices too, like iPad, Kindle and cameras.
  • If you are dressed in layers (for example a shirt, a sweater and a jacket), you need to take off the sweater and the jacket. You shall not wear thick layers of clothing when passing through the detector.
  • You cannot have more than one liter of liquid when passing through the control. All the liquids must be in packages up to 100 ml and placed in one one-liter plastic bag with zipper. Do not forget to take out that bottle of water from the bag.

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After you put all the things in the containers, your stuff passes through the scanner and you go through the detector. If everything is okay, you can take your items and get dressed. If the officers notice something suspicious or the detector sounds, they could ask for a more detailed luggage or personal examination and ask you to open the backpack. Show them without the complaint.

Read more: Useful tips how to minimize jet lag symptoms

What can I do at the airport after security control?

Everything! You can have a coffee, pour water into an empty bottle that you had in your backpack (the best advice ever, trust me), read the newspaper, eat, surf, shop at the duty free store (you can buy even liquids, everything you buy there will be packed in welded bag which you are not allowed open until you land!).

Depending on the size and equipment of the airport, the time before the flight can be shortened by the various activities. With its numerous restaurants, shops, and awesome waiting rooms airports can be an oasis of entertainment. Some of them even have a casino and mailboxes.

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When the boarding starts and how does it look like?

Boarding usually begins 30 – 45 minutes prior to the flight (for long haul flights even 60 minutes before). The time is usually stated on boarding pass and departure screens at the airport. Sometimes the gate and boarding time have not been assigned yet at the moment of issuing the boarding pass, in that case, you can find all the information on screens.

The boarding is announced by ground staff at the gate assigned to this flight. At the gate, the staff will check your documents and boarding pass so don’t put them in the deepest part of your backpack right after the security control. Sometimes they will check the dimensions and (or) hand luggage weight. This usually happens when traveling with low-cost airlines, but even the “regular” companies sometimes check that you are not traveling with more pieces of luggage than allowed.

Read more: I am a terrible packer! My luggage is always overweight.

Depending on the airport, you go to the plane on foot or by bus. At Zagreb’s airport, there is an airport bus in front of the gate which takes passengers to the plane. Then you climb the stairs to enter the plane. My favorites are those cases where you can get to the plane by the big tunnel which connects gate with the plane.

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Upon entering the plane cabin staff will greet you and, if necessary, help you to find your seat. If you have the assigned seat, you must sit right there and place the hand luggage in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. During the takeoff and landing, you are not allowed to have anything in your lap (like purse or laptop).

There is a reason why you shouldn’t spend too much time taking pictures in front of the plane, even though it’s the first time you will enter it. If the plane is small and the flight is full, there probably won’t be enough space for all hand luggage. So if you have a larger piece of luggage and if you don’t want to spend few hours with a suitcase below your legs, hurry up to the plane and take place for luggage. Otherwise, it could happen that you are sitting in the fourth row and your luggage is placed in the compartment above the 30th row. Long story short, you would need to wait for all people exit the plane before you could reach it. In the event of a lackage of space for carry-on luggage, larger pieces are sent free of charge to aircraft bunker.

Once you’ve placed the luggage, tie yourself and listen carefully what the cabin crew will have to say. The pilot’s greeting contains some basic information such as the duration of the flight and weather conditions in a destination and the flight attendants are going to give you safety instructions. Listen to them carefully so you know what to do in case of an accident and where are the emergency exits.

If I forgot something, you can ask in the comments…

Did you ever have any problems at the airport? 

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6 websites you should know about when flying

6 websites you should know about when flying

There are many websites which can be really helpful when you are booking a trip, packing the luggage or preparing for a flight. Today, I decided to share my favorite six websites dedicated to the flights which helped me many times during the trip preparation.

6 websites you should know about when flying

1) Skyscanner

Skyscanner is one of the most popular travel search engines. You can search for plane tickets, rent-a-car, and hotels. The site is translated into more than 30 languages and you can change currencies and countries what means it can be customized nicely. What I love the most about Skyscanner is that it offers the ability to search for the tickets in a month or even a year period so it’s easy to find the cheapest ticket.

If the passport in your pocket is bothering you and you do not know where to go, in a field “from” you can enter the city or country you want to fly from and to a destination put “everywhere”. The search result will be a list of countries that are connected to your destination with the lowest fares in the selected period.

Advice plus: always check the price on other sites (like Hopper App, Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Hipmunk) and official airline sites because prices can vary a lot. 

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia 

2) Seat Guru

On Seat Guru, you can type in the airline name and flight number in order to receive a pictorial overview of the aircraft with a seating plan, the images added by the passengers, an airline information and a list of in-flight amenities. However, don’t believe really everything what people write because they stated I will have a personal TV, electricity, and WIFI in my last fight to Mexico and.. well, there was no even TV.

The site is very helpful when purchasing a ticket and when you can choose your seat because here you can get the information what are the best seats, how much legroom will you have etc. Green seats are named the best on the plane, yellow have some bad comments and red are marked as the worst. Comments about the each seat can be seen by putting the cursor over it.

Seat Guru offers much more than just information about the aircraft and its features. You can search for the flights, get a variety of useful tips on air travel, compare companies and many other things.

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

3) iFlyBags

iFlyBags is a great site for everybody who has problems with overpacking or if you want to double check your luggage allowances. After entering the flight data, you will see the baggage restrictions and how much you should pay for extra baggage (it can be another bag, a dog or a bicycle). When you see that “just one more pair of shoes” can cost about 50€, you will probably pack more rational.

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

4) Airline Meals

Airline Meals is offering you and opportunity to see what the airplane food looks like. The passengers upload their own pictures of food served on planes and that can be an excellent preparation for the flight. Airplane food is often not the tastiest one and the advice that you do not fly hungry would be one of the best you will ever get. Find your airline and see what they served recently.

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

5) Check My Trip

Check My Trip is one of my favorite sites. By entering the booking number and your surname you’ll get flight details such as flight number, time of departure and landing, aircraft and others. It is very handy for checking whether the flight may be delayed or canceled.

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6) Flight Diary

Flight Diary helps you track your flights by entering flight details such as date, flight number, departure city and destination, travel reasons, seat number, flight class and other. Data is stored in the database and you can see the complete statistics: the number of kilometers traveled, the time spent in the air, which day in a week you usually fly… It is practical, interesting and useful. And I love to play with it.

Update: They just merged with FlighRadar24 so now you can find them here find them here,

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia

6 websites you should know about when flying | Mexatia 

 Do you use any of this sites? Which are your favorites?

 

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