Parking during your international travel can always be a challenge! It can be a challenge at your departure airport, as well as your arrival airport. If your travel consists of international travel, then things can really get complicated and become very difficult if proper planning is not done. However, if you plan ahead and understand all of your options prior to departure, things become much easier to deal with and your travel will be much more pleasant.
First and foremost, always leave plenty of time to get to the airport. If possible, it is best to leave 2 hours prior to your flight departing. This will give you plenty of time for parking, as well as traveling within the airport. Allowing this much time also will give you enough time if anything goes wrong. This, as we all know, is bound to happen so it will give you time to adjust accordingly.
Next, if you are trying to save money like most travelers, a good option is to use parking off of the airport property, and use the shuttle service to get to the airport. This is a very good option, as overnight parking at the airport is quite expensive. Believe it or not, the security at the off property locations is often times better than security at the airport. This is generally because they know they need additional security because they are away from the airport.
Regardless of where you park, never leave any valuables in your car. Although most parking areas are generally safe and secure, there is always a chance that someone can break into your vehicle and steal your belongings. Another tip is to make sure you remember your parking area! There is nothing more frustrating then returning after a long trip and not remembering where you parked, so you have to walk around for an hour trying to find your car. This happens more often than you might think!
Once you arrive at your destination city, it is best to have reserved your transportation several weeks in advance. Also, make sure you call to confirm you reservation a few days prior to your departure just to make sure everything is in proper order, and you have things confirmed. Also, try to get a name of someone in the destination country from you travel agent, so that if you do have a problem you can contact someone who knows your itinerary.
All of these items are quite simple to follow, and the key is to do proper planning prior to your travel to make sure all of your travel arrangements are in order. If you do this, you will be in better shape than most people who do very little planning and it ends up costing them in time and expense!
Here are some additional tips for smooth travel.