The better you are at planning and organizing your vacations, the simpler your travel will be. The following 100 travel hacks will help you save time, save money and enjoy better trips. this blog post is divided into 2 part read here 100 travel hacks to simplify your trips-2
Travel Hacks for Booking Travel
Save time and money on booking travel with the following ten hacks:
1. Use multiple travel search engines to find the lowest fare. It only takes a few moments to run your search through a second and third search engine and it can save you a nice bit of money. Top search engines include Kayak, Cheaptickets and Bing Travel. Sidestep and Farechase are comparison-shopping engines that are also useful.
2. Read the news. USA Today points out that news sites often provide the best information about hot deals. They recommend themselves and their parter company Web Flyer as well as Travelzoo.com and Bestfares.com. More up-to-date news sources include phone apps (like FareCompare for iPhone) and Twitter travel news.
3. Pay attention to flight departure and arrival times. Choose flights that are close to hotel check-in and checkout times. Consider transportation issues getting to and from the airport at different times.
4. Give yourself plenty of time. Avoid scheduling trips that have you arriving just before you need to be somewhere at your destination. Give yourself time in case there are travel problems.
5. Choose your layovers wisely. Give yourself enough time to catch the second flight even if the first flight is delayed. If possible, plan your layover in one of the country’s top airports. Las Vegas, Chicago and Denver have good airports for entertaining yourself during long layovers.
6. Select a cheaper seat. Some airlines offer middle seats at a lower cost. Use SeatPlans.com or SeatGuru to search the prices of seats on your airline.
7. Check fees before buying your tickets. Airplane baggage fees, in particular, aren’t included in the price of your ticket and can vary considerably from airline to airline. Look up those fees before you book your trip. Airfarewatchdog has a convenient baggage fee chart.
8. Take advantage of points and rewards. Use your frequent flier miles, credit card rewards and hotel loyalty program rewards when booking travel. Use them to buy the travel and make sure that you take advantage of racking up new rewards for booking your travel. Review them carefully to see which ones offer the best deals. For example, you may find that booking your flight through a travel tool such as the one offered for Chase credit card members is a better deal than booking the flight on another miles rewards credit card.
9. Use a credit card to book the trip. Credit cards offer financial protections that debit cards don’t offer. The New York Times reports that credit card companies are required to reimburse you for airplane trips that get canceled.
10. Check Deal-a-day sites in the weeks leading up to your trip. Sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Gilt Groupe’s Jetsetter allow you to pay a fraction of the cost for hotels, spas and activities during your trip. Only one deal is offered each day, though, and you never know what it will be so you need to start looking at these sites before the trip.
Travel Hacks for Packing
Do you envy those people who pack lightly and never forget a thing? These ten travel hacks can help:
11. Buy small clear bottles. This simplifies the process of taking any liquids of toiletries on airplanes.
12. Pack on wheels. Make travel easier on yourself by making sure that all of your luggage has wheels. Add snap-on wheels to baby seats. If you must carry a backpack without wheels, pack it with the heaviest items on top so that it sits comfortably on your back.
13. Use a suitcase divider. Separate the top items from the bottom items. If your luggage doesn’t come with a divider just use a light piece of cardboard. This simplifies the process of getting through security lines if you have to open your bags.
14. Roll your clothes. This saves room compared to folding your clothes. If you have items that need to be wrinkle free, roll them inside of tissue paper.
15. Use a ready made packing list to see if you’re missing anything. There’s a good one here.
16. Pack a change of clothes into your carryon. This gives you an extra outfit in case your checked luggage gets lost or delayed.
17. Spread out books and notebooks. Don’t stack them in one spot in your bags.
18. Use luggage tags. This really makes things a lot easier in case your packed bags do get lost.
19. Check baggage restrictions. Ideally you’ll pack as little as possible. However, if you’re taking extra luggage then make sure that you’ll be able to bring it all with you. Check restrictions on weight, size and number of bags before you head to the airport.
20. Take a walk around the block with your luggage. If it’s too heavy or cumbersome to walk around your neighborhood then you’ll know in advance that you need to make some changes before the trip.
Travel Hacks for Airports and Flights
The following ten tips and tricks will simplify the entire process of dealing with airports and flights:
21. Check into your flight in advance. You can check in to your flight before you even get to the airport using mobile phones and the Internet. Continental Airlines has a good description of how the early check-in works. Take advantage of this. Print out your boarding pass and take it with you.
22. Print out your itinerary and confirmation numbers. If there’s a problem checking in then it makes it a lot easier if you have a paper copy of this information.
23. Use curbside baggage check. It only costs a dollar or two and it is usually a lot faster than waiting in line inside the airport.
24. Know how to get to the airport. Make sure that you know in advance how you’ll be getting there, what route your taking and how long it’s going to take you.
25. Know how to get around the airport. Print out an airport map and take it with you. Do this for your layover airport and arrival airport as well. This makes it a lot easier to get around. Tech-savvy people will find that there are smartphone apps of maps available from many airports (such as Dallas-Fort Worth).
26. Give yourself plenty of time. Reduce your stress by getting to the airport early. Bring a book or other entertainment. Plan to eat a meal when you arrive there. Relax after you’ve checked in. You might even sleep at the airport.
27. Let someone know if you’re running late. An airport security agent can usually help you get through lines more quickly if you are running late. Just let them know in as polite a manner as possible.
28. Dress up. Travel and Leisure reports that you might receive better treatment at airports if you’re dressed a bit smarter. However, you do want to make sure that your clothes are comfortable.
29. Know about Rule 240. If your flight is delayed or you get bumped from a flight, ask the ticketing agent if they can “rule 240” you. This term refers generally to getting you on to the next available flight either with the airline or with another airline. Using the lingo helps.
30. Check with TSA for special help. The “special needs” section of the TSA website provides great tips, tricks and information for people with special needs. This includes people with disabilities, people with illnesses, people traveling with children, people traveling with pets, people traveling with special items, people with special religious or cultural needs and people in the military.
Travel Hacks for Buses, Trains and Road Trips
Planes aren’t the only way to get to your destination. Here are ten helpful hacks for buses, trains and trips in the car.
31. Check online reviews. This can help you a lot with getting information about the safety of bus and train stations as well as the reliability of different routes. ReviewStream, Yelp, RateItAll, Viewpoints and your social media sites are top places to find reviews.
32. Anticipate delays. They’re unfortunately common with bus and train travel and can certainly be a problem on road trips.
33. Bring motion sickness medication. Make sure that you have the medication that you need to take on windy roads if this is something that makes you feel ill.
34. Pack healthy snacks. You’ll feel your best if you eat healthy snacks and drink water. Pack them at home to save money.
35. Get comfy. It’s common to sleep in buses, trains and cars. Make this easy on yourself by getting comfortable. Wear comfortable clothing. Use ear plugs and eye masks. Bring a blanket.
36. Bring entertainment. A book or an ereader, a handheld gaming device or a mobile phone packed with games and a travel journal are great items to take with you on buses, trains and cars.
37. Address baggage issues in advance. Double-check with the bus and train lines to find out what baggage restrictions there are. Pack your car in advance to make sure that you have room for everything.
38. Avoid peak travel times. This is especially true for road trips. You want to time the trip to avoid arriving in major cities during rush hour.
39. Be smart about bathroom stops. If you’re driving then you’ll want to use the bathroom at gas stations when you stop for gas. These are usually cleaner and safer than rest stops. Use the bathroom at train and bus stations.
40. Know about tipping. It’s common practice to tip certain train crew members. In states where full service gas stations are mandatory (such as Oregon) you only need to tip if an extra service is performed (such as window washing) or if there are special circumstances (such as stormy weather).
Transportation Travel Hacks
Dealing with transportation once you’re in your destination is easier with these ten travel hacks:
41. Use your GPS. It’s one of the best ways of getting around in unfamiliar destinations.
42. But bring a map. You want to have a back up plan in case your GPS isn’t working. You shouldn’t rely on the technology alone.
43. Choose a hotel close to local public transportation. This allows you to utilize public transportation during some or all of your stay. This is very convenient in many major cities.
44. Download the local public transportation map. Again, you can print this out or get a version for your phone. It makes getting around a lot simpler.
45. Park in a cheaper lot. If your hotel parking isn’t included in the price then it might be more expensive than need be. Drive around the area to see if there’s a secure parking garage with a cheaper cost.
46. Get the right car rental insurance. If you have your own car insurance or you book with a credit card then you may already have liability coverage and you don’t need to get extra.
47. Use a gas rewards credit card. Let the driving that you’re doing add up for you.
48. Ask about the gas mileage of your rental car options. This is especially true if the rental car company bumps you up to an upgrade. The better cars sometimes have worse gas mileage and end up costing you more. Request a car with better gas mileage.
49. Read about taxis before you go. If you’re traveling in a foreign destination, make sure that you research taxi information. For example, in Buenos Aires it is recommended that you call for radio-taxis because they are safer than the taxis you can hail on the street.
50. Use the shuttles. Shuttles between airports and hotels are designed to be affordable and convenient. Contact the hotel in advance to find out about this option.
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