Travel heaps on the cheap!
Travel Hacks you won’t believe will save you money and TIME!
Nothing can replace the unique experience travel offers. Whether you travel internationally or domestically, each destination can provide lasting memories and opens your eyes to how the rest of the world lives. That said, with the positives that travel offers comes obstacles that maybe impede your experience. You only live once so here are 50 travel hacks that help you save money, time and most of all make your holiday one to remember!
Travel Hacks Before You Leave
1. Always make sure you have travel insurance
2. Consult with a Travel Agent – they have all the knowledge for multiple destinations around the world and your best friend if you get in trouble. Online booking engines won’t offer you alternative options in emergency situations.
3. place a cake of soap in your laundry bag to keep your clothes spelling fresh. Or place a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh and to reduce static.
4. Pre-pack what you can. Always have a toiletry bag ready, so that you don’t need to go crazy the night before you leave.
5. To reduce wrinkling in folded clothes, use tissue paper
6. If you plan to do a lot of shopping, take minimal with you and place an old pillow on top of your items. This will prevent your items moving around and when you want to fill your suitcase up with shopping, leave the pillow behind.
7. Wear your heaviest shoes on the plane (like those cute ankle boots you just bought) as well as your heaviest coat. You’ll save room and that coat doubles as a good pillow, too.
8. Pill containers make great organizers for jewelry.
9. Bring several pairs of underwear in your carry-on—just in case your luggage winds up lost.
10. Pack clothing items around a color scheme (denim/black/white/gray) so that it’s easy to mix and match. Dress up your outfits with scarves or jewelry.
11. Glass cases are perfect for chargers and cables.
12. Put underwear and socks in shoes to save space.
13. Wear something with preferably deep pockets on the plane—it’ll prevent you from having to dig through your bag for your phone, wallet, and boarding pass every five minutes.
14. A binder clip will protect the head of shaving razors.
15. Place a cotton pad in your blush or powder compact to ensure that it won’t break while you’re in transit.
16. Wrap your shoes in a showercap
17. Wrap headphones around a binder clip to prevent them from tangling.
18. Keep hair clips handy in Tic Tac containers.
19. Use belts to line collars to keep them crispy.
20. Refill travel-size containers instead of buying new each time.
21. Use a pen spring to protect chargers from bending and breaking.
22. Use Google Maps offline by typing “OK Maps” and the visible area will save for future access.
23. When reserving seats for two people, choose the aisle and window seats. If no one takes the middle seat, then you get the full row, and if someone does, then just ask to switch seats so you can sit next to your partner.
24. If you forget your wall plug, you can charge devices through the USB slot on a TV.
25. Use the camera in your phone instead of lugging around a digital camera
26. Get WiFi passwords by checking comments on FourSquare.
27. Bring a power board so you can charge multiple devices at once
28. On the last day of your trip to a foreign country, collect all of your loose change and give it to the homeless.
29. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
30. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. As an iPhone user, once I email the documents to myself, I usually open the email on my iPhone and save them onto iBooks. This provides me with an offline record.
31. It’s important to remember to call your credit or debit card company before you leave to ensure that you have your card authorized for your foreign destination. This prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity.
32. Mark your baggage as fragile. It’s a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
Travel Hacks For the Departure
- Bring your own water bottle. Depending on the airline’s own policies regarding drink costs, the amount of times water is offered may not be to your liking. Having your own water bottle ensures that you have water when you want it. When they do come around, top off your bottle with what they give you.
- Never underestimate the value of a concealed travel pocket (like a bumbag but on the inside of your clothing and much flatter) it will keep your essentials close to you and easy access.
- Wear a night moisturizer on long flights because it’s extra hydrating and you’ll have plenty of time to let it sink in and do its job (you know, like fighting wrinkles and brightening skin).
- Splurge on wifi if your flight is more than six-and-a-half hours long.
- Ensure that you have a pen before leaving home so you can complete customs forms. Fill the forms out when you get them, and ensure that your family members have theirs filled as well. People will clamour for your pen; flight attendants rarely have them.
- 20 minutes before you land, sprint for the bathroom. Usually when the seatbelt light comes on, I’ve found that you still have 15 minutes of leeway until you truly have to be seated. Use this opportunity to relieve yourself to prevent fighting for restrooms when you land.
Travel Hacks When You Arrive
- Dart directly for baggage claim. It is amazing how many people seem to lollygag after landing. Save that for someplace else to save yourself time and to prevent any arguments with fellow travelers.
- Use ATMs to get local currency. Using money converters in the airport usually come with their own fees and the exchange rates are a rip-off. ATMs always dispense local currency, of course, so use your debit or credit card and get your money there.
- Ensure that you have Yelp downloaded for domestic travel in the US. This is a great city guide for both travelers and locals alike, and is best way to find the most amazing places to eat and sightsee.
- Shop for groceries when you arrive. You don’t have to shop for a feast, but getting basics like water and a few snacks in local stores instead of at the hotel can save you a ton.
- When in your room, remove only the necessities from your luggage. Trying to make yourself at home by taking out every pair of shoes and all of your toiletries will only make repacking a living hell, and it increases your chances of forgetting something when it’s time to go home.
Exploring Your New Location
- Use guidebooks sparingly. I recommended Yelp because it allows you to discover a few places off the beaten path. Guidebooks only presents you with tourist spots; even those that advertised themselves as being off the beaten path.
- Use the local language as much as possible. It shows you are willing to make the effort, which can work in your favor in some situations.
- Have a souvenir list prepared, and stick to it. This will save you money and prevent you from purchasing something that “you’ll find someone to give to another time”.
- Eat locally only. Save McDonalds, if you have to eat it in any location, for when you’re home. Trying the local cuisine will save you more money and allow you to experience new and flavorful meals.
- “When in Rome, do as the Romans” is a general saying that I like to translate it as, “don’t be a stubborn traveler, and get out of your comfort zone”. If a country advises modest dress, for example, follow through. It can even ensure your safety as a foreigner.
Travel Hacks for Returning Home
- If you are a frequent traveler, live out of your toiletry bag and keep it packed. This will allow the packing process to be a bit easier and will prevent you from having to make expensive toiletry purchases if you forget something.
- Unpack immediately when you enter the door. You may be tired out of your mind, but you’ll be glad you did it in the morning. Plus, it saves your luggage from smelling like soiled laundry.