— When flying on low-cost carriers (LCC).
At first this is contradicting since people usually fly LCC for the low fares. These flights are for most of the time relatively cheap. As a young student with an itch to travel, my eyes sparkle with joy, my pupils dilating mad. Europe is teeming with LCC and there is an impressive list of operators here. If your travel preferrence is to get from point to point quick, hassle-free and not left tired from the journey then air travel is the right choice for you since it cuts a great amount of travel time.
LCC however comes without the frills of “normal” commercial airliners. Generally, insurance, meals, and checked baggage does not come as standard. They are not very flexible in terms of re-booking, connecting flights and VERY strict about cabin baggage dimensions and weight. LCC airports are also usually in the middle of nowhere so getting to the nearest city will cost extra. There is though an instance of an LCC airport being right smack in the city like Bremen, Germany, which is very cool.
To be stranded, is not cool. LCC is not all bad. On the bright side, you can choose what you want and what fits your budget. Some argue travel insurance isn’t that important. I’m not so sure about that since there is a thing called Murphy’s Law and of course that volcano in Iceland that erupted in 2010 which cancelled all flights in continental Europe. It’s good to have a peace of mind by paying a small fee when things like sickness or baggage lost happens during the travel.
Get checked baggage. During the travel you might pick up something nice or interesting at the airport to bring back home. These can add weight to your cabin baggage. LCC have a strict cabin baggage policy which limits size, weight and types of items that can be brought onboard like sharp objects and liquids. If it is overweight you either have to repack or pay a penalty fee and the bag will be put in the cargo hold. So again for a peace of mind, get the checked baggage.
It should also be noted that LCC runs on low operating costs and the departure gate is almost all the time located at the furthest region of an airport without using a skybridge. Arrive early at the airport to: 1. beat the queue 2. make it to the gate on-time (try to do this without sprinting lol).
To travel with the littlest cost, needs good planning. A hiccup in it could end up costing you more, you might be better off flying on non-LCC. By opting for the “additional options” you allow yourself more freedom and less restrictions. Now, you can worry less.
Happy happy travels,