Traveling, as amazing as it is, can sometimes be slightly stressful. And I know, call me crazy, but being prepared and strategic for your trip can save you time, money, and allow you to get more out of your vacation. Let me take you through some travel hacks that will make you wonder how you ever did without them.
1. Turn on 'Private Browsing' for cheaper flights
Airlines can record your visits through cookies in your browser which allows them to show higher prices, simply because they know you've searched for it before. Don't let these big travel sites trick you into impulse buying! Turn on 'private browsing' whenever you're booking flights.
2. Mark your baggage as fragile
In doing so, your bag will not only be handled more lightly, but it'll also be at the top of the pile in the storage compartment in the plane. Why is this useful? Well, of course, you're the first to get your bag at baggage claim!
3. Use ATM's for foreign currency
These days, it can be hard to trust companies with your money. Money converters, in particular, usually have their own set of fees and rip you off with exchange rates. Therefore, these converters are typically far worse than your own bank.
4. Jet lagged? Exercise!
I know this sounds a little counter-intuitive, but a bit of exercise prior to your trip and during can stave off the jet lag and leave you feeling energized and refreshed. And I mean, c'mon, there's nothing worse than feeling groggy on vacation!
5. Utilize your travel destination for close, cheap flights
In some areas, deciding on an impromptu day trip can help you to explore even more areas in a short time. Depending on your location, flights to surrounding countries are typically pretty inexpensive! For example, if you're traveling to London, you can catch flights to Barcelona, Lisbon, Venice, Milan, Prague, and so many more for under $50. A site I like using for this is Google Flights!
6. Bring a portable charger
This may seem like one of the more obvious hacks, but portable chargers are perfect for traveling as you are consistently on the go. A more bizarre hack though? Keep the portable chargers in the fridge when you're not using them. I know, sounds crazy, but most rechargeable batteries retain 90% of their full charge when kept in cold temperatures. This means you won't have to charge it as often.
7. Utilize free wifi hotspots
We all know our phones are important to us; whether you're messaging your travel buddy as you participate in separate activities, or posting on social media to show everyone where you are. Stop by a swanky cafe or restaurant and take advantage of the free wifi. Data rates and charges abroad can really hurt your wallet once you're home. If you're hate searching for wifi spots, invest in an overseas data package for your phone/computer.
8. Get the right charger for your trip
I know it sounds weird, but make sure you look into what charging ports are used in the country you're visiting. My recommendation? Buy a travel adaptor for your charger. This way, you'll always have the right one, wherever you go.
9. Use Google Maps offline
Obviously when you're off exploring, it won't be easy to find wifi hotspots. The new Google Maps 8 update allows you to operate your maps while you're offline. Simply download areas you plan to visit, and use the maps to guide you once you're there. Here's a step by step guide on how to operate the maps and download them.
10. Get travel-sized bottles
While traveling, it's important to downsize your beauty products and toiletries. Instead of buying new travel sizes of all your products, purchase some reusable containers to hold your liquid beauty products. You may need a few if you're bringing lotions, shampoo, conditioner, or even perfume.
11. Learn to cook some traditional dishes from the country
This is a great travel hack to learn more about the area you're traveling to and it saves you money! If you learn about the traditional foods in the country, you can buy cheap, local ingredients from the grocery store once you're there. If you know about the traditional dishes ahead of time, you'll know what foods to get at the grocery stores!
12. Roll up your packed clothes
I know this is one of the classic hacks, but rolling your clothing to put in your luggage saves an immense amount of space when traveling. It allows you to pack more of those cute outfits you bought for the trip! It also stops any creases and wrinkles from happening- all in all, very beneficial.
13. Email yourself a scan of your passport
This one is vital in the preparation of your journey. You'll definitely thank yourself for this one if you're ever a victim of theft or loss. If you've booked any flights, hotel reservations, buses, trains, or excursions, make sure you screenshot them while you have wifi so you can look at them and access them when you don't have wifi. So much easier than carrying around printed versions too.
14. Make a bundle of dryer sheets and put them in your bag
Sometimes it's hard to wash your clothes while you're traveling and on the go, so keeping your clothes fresh can pose as a serious issue for some. An easy way to combat the stench of exploration and travel is done by bundling up a handful of dryer sheets and sticking them into your luggage. Your clothes will continue to stay fresh through every journey.
15. Get your own personal AI tour guide
Last, but certainly not least. It can be challenging to find your way in foreign countries, especially when you don't speak the language. Want to avoid people as you explore for the day? Get your own personal AI tour guide! Install Google Lens on your phone and take some photos. Each time you photograph a monument or famous location, your phone will fire back some interesting information for you to read!
These 15 travel hacks can make your vacation a little easier. These hacks are simple and easy for every type of traveler to do before and during their trip. We include everything from purchasing your flights to cooking traditional dishes of your chosen location. Traveling should be a time to relax, step away from reality, and to take in all the beauty of another country.
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