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5. Planes, seats and self
protection: If you require special assistance
boarding the plane, let the airline know when you
make your reservation, and when you check in at the
gate. Usually the airlines will try to put you in an
aisle seat, but opt for a window seat instead. The
main reason for this is, anybody requiring special
assistance boarding and debarking the plane boards
the plane first and gets off last. Now there are 200
or so other passengers who will be getting on that
plane after you and off before you. Being in the
aisle seat makes you the target of every wayward
carry-on bag passing your row. Another advantage to
sitting in the window seat is that the others in
your row won't have to climb over you every time
they get up.
6. Tips, service and respect: When traveling abroad,
remember that most, if not all, restaurants will
include the tip in the bill. An additional gratuity
is not necessary. Remember that wait staff is
providing a service. They are usually underpaid and
over worked. Treat them with respect, and generally
you will get the service you feel you deserve. It is
also important to remember that the quality of your
food is not the responsibility of your wait staff.
Make a complaint if necessary, but don't take it out
on the waiters and waitresses.
7. One final tip: (bet you thought I
wasn't going to say it ) As always, plan ahead!