When you set off on a travel adventure, you want it to run smoothly and be fantastic.
So here are seven savvy hacks to help you travel like a pro.
There are various pricing loopholes you can exploit in order to bag cheaper airfare tickets. For example, the Kayak Hacker Fare tool finds you two separate flights for your trip that work out cheaper than buying a return ticket.
Alternatively, you can use Skiplagged’s hidden city flight feature, where you book a flight to a cheaper destination but disembark at your desired location.
Packing light affords you all kinds of benefits. For starters, you avoid the extortionate charges for additional luggage. And there’ll be no lugging bulky, heavy bags as you travel from one spot to another.
You’ll find it easier to pack light by choosing clothing items that can be easily matched, mixed and layered.
Store things electronically
You should keep scanned copies of important travel documents such as your passport and boarding pass and save these to the cloud so they can easily be accessed in case of an emergency.
It’s also worth storing emergency contact details electronically for your family, friends, travel insurance provider and the embassy for your home country.
Drive to the airport
Driving to the airport allows you to avoid the anxiety that comes with waiting on unpredictable public transport. And if you use a navigation app such as Waze or Google Maps, you’ll benefit from automatic re-rerouting if any traffic crops up.
Remember to book airport parking too – comparison platform Looking4.com has early-bird deals for major hubs like Orlando and Ontario.
Get to know your destination
Whether you’re a spontaneous traveler or a careful planner, learning about your destination before you arrive is hugely worthwhile because it allows you to adapt quickly and get your trip off to a flying start.
Key things to research include public transport networks, so you can move around like a pro, places to eat, in order to avoid poor quality cuisine, and public holidays, so you can avoid expensive travel days and city-wide closures.
Travel with apps
Whether you love group adventures or prefer to travel solo, apps are the travel companions you can’t afford to be without. They take care of the boring stuff so you can focus on having a good time.
For example, transport app Rome2rio searches a range of transport options to show you how to get from A to B as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Speak to locals
Speaking to locals gives you a deeper insight into the culture and customs of the place you’re visiting.
They’re also natural destination experts who can tell you the coolest (and cheapest) things to do and places to visit during your trip.
Alternatively, if you’re worried about approaching people on the streets, speak to the staff at your hotel or hostel – they’ll be glad to help.
What are your top hacks for making travel less stressful? Share them in the comments section.