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7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas.

The following article contains 7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas. These tips will help make your journey run smoother – whether you are making the trip abroad for a teaching English position, or just for a getaway break.

  1. Buy health and travel insurance before you set off.

This should really be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by just how many people head off abroad without comprehensive health and travel insurance. Some banks offer insurance when you take out a bank card with them, so this might also be worth checking out.

Due to the current complications within the airline industry, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly recommend buying travel insurance that covers cancelled flights. If you take a look at https://www.airlinequality.com, you can read the many angry complaints from customers who have had their flights cancelled last minute. A significant number of flyers have complained about not being able to get through to an airline’s customer support, complained about being offered vouchers instead of a cash refund, and complained that their flight was cancelled a few days before their scheduled date of departure. A good travel insurance policy should cover you if you find yourself in a similar situation.

The best seats on an aeroplane.
2. Do something nice for your future self and choose a great seat.

When you have paid for your flight, you are then usually directed to choose your seat.

We recommend checking which type of plane you will be flying on, and then going to https://www.seatguru.com to take a look at which seats are recommended for your flight – and which seats are best avoided. As a general rule, the most uncomfortable seats on a plane are the ones located next to the toilets, middle seats, and the seats in the last row of the aircraft.

A lot of people prefer being located over the wing as this makes for a smoother ride. Sitting at the back of the plane will mean experiencing more turbulence. However, in the (extremely unlikely) event of an unplanned landing at high speed, the back of the plane is statistically where you will have the greater chance of surviving.

3. Prepare yourself for the highly improbable.

According to 2015 statistics from The Economist, the probability of your plane going down is around one in 5.4 million. In fact, air travel is (by far) the safest form of transport around. It is, however, prudent (and polite) to pay attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration. And it is also wise to take a read through the aircraft safety card.

When a plane disaster does happen, it is the passengers who paid attention to the safety instructions that are more likely to survive. Examples of completely avoidable deaths when a plane did run into problems were passengers inflating their life vests inside of the plane, and passengers who couldn’t work out how to unbuckle the seat belt – both examples having been explained in the pre-flight safety instructions.

Another good tip regarding safety on board, is to count the rows of seats from the nearest exit as you make your way up the aeroplane aisle. This way, you will be able to make your way safely out of the plane in that rare event of a total blackout on board.

And lastly, until it won’t be necessary anymore, please wear a face mask on board your flight. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. Yes, it makes you feel hot during the flight. But, you will be protecting yourself and the passengers/flight attendants around you.

4. Don’t get juiced up on alcoholic drinks.

Because a lot of people are nervous flyers, they tend to rely on alcohol to calm themselves when flying.

If you do need to drink, we recommend just having the one. Well, perhaps two is also fine 🙂 One thing you really don’t want to do though is to drink more than two, because then you will arrive at your destination feeling pretty dreadful.

There is a saying that ‘one drink in the air is two on the ground’ – meaning that you’ll experience an alcohol double-whammy when you have a drink on the plane. Flying at high altitudes also dehydrates the body, so alcohol is really best avoided completely.

Our advise for any nervous flyers out there, is to contact your doctor and ask them for a one-time prescription of valium. Taking one valium tablet before your light will help with the flying nerves and you won’t feel so terrible when you have arrived at your destination.

But, never mix the medication with alcohol!

5. Be nice to the flight attendants.

A lot of people seem to quite naturally assume that flight attendants live the glamorous life of international travel, 5-star hotels, and high salaries.

The reality, however, is that the job of a flight attendant is more often than not excessively demanding. The salaries are relatively low, there is often very little time for sleep once the plane has landed and a long journey home has been spent pondering a next-day early morning departure, and some flyers can be less than pleasant. On top of all this, flight attendants are expected to look their best at all times on board, and are expected to be alert and approachable throughout the flight.

When you first board your plane, we recommend giving the flight attendants a friendly smile and saying ‘hello’ to them. Continue this respectful behaviour on board and you will find that they will be much more ready to help you out with any questions or requests that you might have during the flight. And besides, it feels good to make someone else feel good too 🙂

6. Mid-flight theft is a thing.

A lot of people board the plane, place their belongings in the overhead compartment (the bag or case which was too valuable to place in the hold) and then promptly forget about it until the plane arrives at their destination.

In an ideal world, this is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

Unfortunately, this isn’t an ideal world.

Some individuals take flights for the specific purpose of stealing valuables from unsuspecting travellers.

Our advice, is to keep your money and passport stashed inside a money belt – concealed under your clothing. If your carry-on luggage isn’t too cumbersome then store it under the seat in front of you. If it has zippers, consider buying a combination lock so that you can sleep with the knowledge that no stray hands will be able to open it while you are sleeping to the white noise of the plane’s engines.

If you have to place your carry-on in the overhead lockers, make sure that you are aware of exactly where it is – flight attendants sometimes move overhead cabin luggage before takeoff, in order to better organise space.

Either way, don’t assume that all of your fellow passengers are making the journey with you purely for transport reasons.

7. Fill out the arrivals card before your plane lands.

Towards the end of long-haul flights, it is often the case that you will be given an arrivals card to complete before you can pass though immigration.

Towards the end of long-haul flights, people are often tired and put off completing the card until they have reached passport control. This is when they realise that they don’t have a pen, there isn’t a pen in sight, and they probably don’t have their flight ticket stub either and so can’t remember their flight number.

To avoid this unnecessary stress, we recommend completing the arrivals card while you are still on the plane. If you don’t have a pen, you can always ask the flight attendant whom you have been polite to throughout the flight and they will likely find a pen for you.

With your arrivals card complete, you can safely stash your passport back under your clothes and walk off the plane prepared to join the immigration queue – all your documents at the ready.

Bon voyage! 🙂

I hope that you enjoyed these 7 TEFL/TESOL essential tips for flying overseas!

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us.

Sarah Pearson
Travel Advisor
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/teflonlinepro/reviews/
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Teachers' Choice Award, 2020
Teachers' Choice Award

Teachers’ Choice Award winner, 2020

tefl online pro – Teachers’ Choice Award winner, 2020.

Earlier this week, we received the fantastic news that tefl online pro has won the Teachers’ Choice Award for a second year in a row.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for choosing to take their international Online TEFL/TESOL certification with teflonlinepro.com.

Throughout the year, to celebrate this milestone in our company history, we will be offering a number of course discounts. Therefore, please check the Discounts page on teflonlinepro.com when purchasing your tefl online pro international TEFL/TESOL course in case we are running a promotion at that time.

There was also great news this week regarding the phased opening up of countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the majority of European countries belonging to the Schengen Area have begun opening up their borders to international visitors.

It is also looking very likely that the majority of Asian nations are also going to be open for business from August/September onwards.

Currently, as things stand on June 26th, US citizens are prevented from traveling because of the high rate of infections in the country. However, we see this decision being overturned by the end of August as the number of infections (hopefully) begin decreasing.

In the meantime, our customers from the US (as well as our customers from other countries that are in a national lockdown) are choosing to teach English online.

The subject of travel nicely segues into the theme of teaching English abroad.

As the world does begin opening up, it will soon be possible again to get on a plane and head off overseas to teach English. And as a way of celebrating the freedom of travel, we want to share with you now some of the most popular Teach English Abroad articles – all taken from the teflonlinepro.com Blog:

https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-austria/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-bolivia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-brazil/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-cambodia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-china/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-costa-rica/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-the-czech-republic/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-germany/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-japan/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-slovakia/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-south-korea/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-spain/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-thailand/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-in-vietnam/
https://teflonlinepro.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-teaching-english-online/

We hope you enjoy reading through the teaching abroad articles.

Thank you for reading this blog post.

Stay safe and healthy,

Paul Murphy
Operations Manager
info@teflonlinepro.com
https://teflonlinepro.com/
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