I’m not lying when I say I’ve dealt with so many travel-related issues when I was traveling. The first three months, I was traveling with my family and three other families with two children each, and three single women. Hectic; that’s the word I’d use to describe it today. Anyway, I’ve decided to scramble up a few of my best tips for traveling and divide them into categories.
1. When booking flights and hotels, you should use private browsing. Travel sites will often track your visits and raise the prices because you’ve visited before. (Clearing cookies, cache and search history also helps)
2. Book flights on Wednesdays at 1am, one hour after Tuesday midnight of the home country of the airline (you can convert the time to your current location) Travel agents release their unsold tickets then, so pricing can drop a fair bit depending on availability.
3. Book 47 days before your flight. According to CheapAir’s calculations, that is when the tickets are the cheapest.
1. Place a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh and to reduce static.
2. Use tissue paper to reduce wrinkling in folded clothes.
3. Save space by rolling clothes instead of folding.
4. Use pill containers to organize your tangled jewelry.
5. Use your glass cases to store chargers and cables.
6. A binder clip will protect the head of shaving razors.
7. Use empty Tic Tac containers to keep your hair clips. (Make sure they’re washed! – I have a bad incident with this one)
8. Use a pen spring to protect chargers from bending and breaking.
in the airport
1. To save money on airline food and beverages, bring your own instant noodles and tea bags, – then all you need is hot water
2. Save an empty plastic water bottle and refill it after passing security instead of buying water at the airport.
3. Be the last to board on the plane (You might get a better seat if there are empty ones available)
#3 is from my own experience – others may have different experiences that contradict this tip.
4. Screenshot your mobile boarding pass. (Just in case the wifi or the app collapses)
5. Bring an outlet splitter.
6. Need to rebook? Never wait in line. Call the airline instead.
7. If your luggage isn’t closing, wear more clothes.
8. Take a photo of your parking spot. (If you’re returning to your car)
9. Use the left lines in security. (Studies show that most people who are right-handed instinctively go right)
10. Check in your bags as “Fragile”
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on the plane
1. People usually hate sitting in the back of the plane, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find an empty seat or two in there. Ask to move your seat to the back if you want/need a little extra space.
2. The seats directly over the wings of the plane are best to reduce turbulence intensity.
1. Use Google Maps offline by typing “OK Maps” and the visible area will save for future access.
2. On the last day of your trip to a foreign country, collect all of your loose change and give it to the homeless.