Travel seems like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? You just pick a place to go, and then you go… Except, things are rarely, if ever, that simple. Travelling can be an incredibly complex thing, from finding the best fairs, picking the right accommodations, and even selecting the right place to which to travel…
That’s why it’s always useful to have a few “travel hacks” in your back pocket. If you know the tricks of the trade, then arranging for your travel and enjoying yourself once you get where you’re going can be much easier than it might be otherwise.
That’s why we’ve put this list together. On it, we’ve pulled together 20 of the best travel hacks from the travel pros. If you’re looking to book the cheapest air fare, then read on. If you’re looking to save on your next hotel or resort stay, then read on. If you’re a little nervous about travelling outside of the country, then some of these hacks can help!
Really, travelling can be far easier than you think it can be. You’ve just got to know how to go about doing things in the right way, something the following hacks can help you with…
1. Mark It Fragile
Want to save some time at the baggage claim? Luggage that’s marked “fragile” is the last to be loaded and the first to be unloaded.
2. Private Browsing
Think those air fares are changing because airlines are watching you? They are. Head them off at the pass by switching your browser into private mode.
3. Consolidated Cables
Got an empty sunglasses case lying around? Those cases are ideal for storing all of your cables in one place.
4. Wi-Fi Access
A simple Google search before you arrive at the airport should tell you everything you need to know in order to log in.
5. Bring the Aspirin
Travelling can be a real headache… Literally! So make sure you’re always prepared by packing some headache medicine.
6. Early Price Alerts
If you want to score the best possible deals, set up price alerts for your preferred destinations months in advance. A wider net yields better returns.
7. Taxis at the Departure Gate
Why wait with everyone at arrivals, when you can flag down a taxi that’s just dropped someone off at departures?
8. Charge Your Phone with a TV
Having trouble finding an outlet? Well, most TVs have USB plugins these days, and those can be used for charging your phone.
9. Beach Burial
Need to keep your belongings safe while you’re taking a tip? Try burying your belongings in a zip-lock bag under your towel… Who would look there?
10. Cargo Pants
They may not be fashionable, but you’ll be glad of the extra pockets on days when you’re travelling.
11. Wear a Jacket
Don’t want to unload your pockets into a tray? Wear a jacket, put everything in there, and then just send the jacket through security.
12. Google Map Download
Wi-Fi and cellular service aren’t always reliable when you’re travelling abroad. Thankfully, Google Maps allows you to download maps of the local area for offline use.
13. Roll Thine Clothes
Want to fit as much as possible into your suite case? Don’t lay that stuff flat! Roll it up to conserve space.
14. Dryer Sheets
While you’re at it, throw a dryer sheet into your luggage! It’ll keep everything smelling so fresh and so clean.
15. Impromptu Speaker
Want to listen to music on your phone, but there’s no speaker in sight? Just press play and put your phone into a cup.
16. ATMs for Foreign Currency
Provided your bank operates abroad, you can just use your bank card to get local currency rather than visiting a local currency exchange.
17. Pictures of Important Documents
Things get lost, which is why it can be a real lifesaver to have pictures of your important documents at the ready on your phone.
18. Stay Active
If jet lag is going to be a concern, do not give into that nap! Instead, take the time to be active, and it will pay dividends.
19. The Chill Playlist
Flying overnight and need to grab some much-needed rest? Make a playlist of soothing songs for your phone, and put yourself right to sleep.
20. Lip Balm Money Pouch
A long tube of lip balm can be just the thing for discreetly keeping your money away from those who might want to steal it…