Use these amazing travel hacks to save you time and money in your quest to travel the world. These tips are so good that they will help even the seasoned traveler get more out of their time and money.
Use flight search engines
Use advanced flight search engines like Google Flight, Skyscanner and Adioso to search airlines and their comparative rates. Also yu can purchase the best deal directly from them. Different filters like airlines and pricing will give you the exact match that is best suited for you.
Use VPN when booking your ticket
Flights can be different prices depending on which country you book from. Use a VPN like Hotspot Shield to make it look like you are in another country.
Clear your cache, enable incognito browsing
Most airlines websites use ‘dynamic pricing’ and track your behavior via cookies. If you return at a later date to grab that cheap flight you found in your flight search, they know that you are really interested and will give a slightly higher price for your flight. You can get around this by clearing your cache or enabling incognito mode of your browser.
Always fly on a Boeing 767
Boeing 767 has fewer of the dreaded middle seats than other planes. So if you want your probability to sit at the coveted window seat to increase, than you should always select Boeing 767 aircraft whenever available.
Book two one-way flights
Booking two one-way tickets is usually cheaper than booking a round trip ticket. Also, this will allow you to be more flexible with your return date and timings. Services like Kayak already allow you to do this.
Book economy tickets with Y or B booking code
Requesting an upgrade when booking your ticket marks it with a Y or B booking code. It tells the airline that the flier is looking for an upgrade. In other words, should there be any open seats in the next class up from what you booked, you should get a complimentary upgrade. This works best if you’re a frequent flier and loyal to the carrier you’re booked on. Now isn’t that a hack that everybody should know of?
Sign up for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
These programs are pre-approvals from the US Customs and Border Protection that designate you a low-risk traveler. For $85 to $100 and an interview you can sign up for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. After selection, you will never have to wait in long queue or have to take off your shoes, accessories etc. on the security lines.
Look for credit cards perks
Most credit cards like that of American Express’ already give travel perks to their owners. From covering your insurance when renting a car to hotel-room upgrades and access to airline lounges, many credit cards you may already have come with special advantages and freebies. Choose the best credit card for travel.
Minimize jet lag by sleeping right
Avoid food and beverages that dehydrate you and make jet lag worse. Try to eat meals when they would be served at your destination, it adjusts your circadian rhythm.
Use Skype or Google Voice
Do not use international roaming as it will quickly drain all your balance. The best approach is to get a data plan and use free services like Skype, Google Voice or Whatsapp.
ATM’s VS. Currency Exchange
99 percent of the time your bank will have the best possible exchange rate. Save time and money by using the bank rather than currency exchanges. Also withdraw large amounts of cash at one time to minimize the total deductions of ATM charges and taxes.
Never travel without a travel insurance. It can end up costing you a lot of money in case things go south. Organizations like World2Cover Insurance covers children for free. If you purchase your holiday on your credit card, you may be available for free travel insurance. Check with your provider.
Use Google Maps offline
International roaming and data charges are really high so it’s wise to download the offline map of the place you are going to visit. That way your smartphone will give you directions and locations without having to connect to the internet.
Use smartphone camera instead of DSLR
Unless your sole purpose of the trip is to make professional quality photographs, it is better to use your smartphone camera instead of a DSLR. With the recent advancement in lens technology you smartphones are equipped with better cameras than ever before.
Carry a water bottle
Carry your own water bottle and fill it for free. In countries where tap water is not safe to drink, carry a water filter. It will save you a of money. Prices of safe drinking water can go as high as $10 in foreign countries.
Ask for upgrades and best price
Don’t be shy to ask for an upgrade when you check in. People who travel a lot always do. Hotel chains want their customers to have the best experiences and for that they will always accommodate you in case a room or service is available.
Airbnb is quickly becoming the favorite of travelers all around the world. Not only are their accommodations cheap, but also living with local means that you will get more in-depth insights of the history and the culture of the place you are visiting.
Premium Economy — the best kept secret in air travel
Once you discover and try premium economy, you will never go back. So what is premium economyk? It’s a class of air travel where price, comfort, and amenities fall somewhere between economy and business class. You get more leg room, a wider seat, closer bathroom, more overhead bin space and all of the privileges afforded to first class passengers when boarding.
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