Travel hacks make it possible to take big trips on a small budget, explore parts of the world that you’ve only dreamed about, and travel more often without each trip costing you a small fortune. Here are 7 ultra-saving travel hacks that’ll become your travel bible.
- When you are booking flights and hotels online, enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited them before.
- Sometimes flying two different airlines and booking two one-way tickets is cheaper than booking a round-trip, plus it may get you better arrival and departure times as you mix and match flights. Some flight-booking sites already do this for you, but you should do your homework and check the airline websites yourself for even better deals.
- Do you pack a first-aid kit while travelling? An empty prescription bottle makes a greatmini first-aid kit. The orange-tinted glass protects medication from UV rays making them last long enough for multiple trips. Toss a handful of Dramamine tablets, diarrhea pills, aspirin, some safety pins, and a few band-aids in and you’re ready for most accidents short of the ER. Complete the kit with tweezers and a tiny pair of scissors (TSA compatible).
- If you are staying in one place for an extended period of time, make sure you get the Wi-Fi password and save it on your phone. This will save you thousands of cellular data costs. Some places may be hesitant to give up their passwords but if you have the skills to convince them, you will be just in luck. All you have to do is ask.
- It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it bears repeating. If you’re looking to conserve space in your luggage, then roll up your clothes rather than folding them flat. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can pack in.
- People tend to think that hostels are just meant for young people who want to party, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The majority has dorm rooms that are perfect for backpackers and other budget travelers, but they also have private rooms designed for solo travelers and couples. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you choose the cheapest hostel in the city, then you can’t expect the best amenities. But if you pay a little bit extra, then you will often find that hostels can be just as good – if not better – than hotels.
- Request a ‘Fragile’ sticker for your luggage. Bags marked with this sticker are generally put on top of the rest of the pile, and end up being among the first to hit the baggage claim conveyor belt. That means you can get out of that human bingo game and to the taxi line a whole lot quicker. You’ll probably have to sign a waiver, absolving the airline of any damage that your fragile items could potentially incur, but if you don’t actually HAVE any fragile items, you’ve got nothing to lose. This makes is great if you can’t pay insurance.
These are but a few hacks to keep in mind. What’s incredible is that these hacks are usually picked up while on-the-go. It’s great to always learn new things that only really seem to add to the experience. For more on planning the perfect trip, visit Cozmo Travel. For all other things travel, check out our blog.