When travelling frequently, you can become accustomed to noting travel hacks and tips to help make the whole process easier and less stressful. From getting smart with flight bookings, to getting creative with packing and everything in between, there are a lot of travel hacks swimming around the internet.
And these are my pick of the best ones, tried and tested by yours truly, in a colourful Infographic form. Ready? Here we go…
Or… if you’d prefer to just forget the Infographic and read the hacks normally, then here you go:
Travel Hack #1: Be smart with your flight bookings
Get into the habit of booking your flights mid-week rather than at the weekend. With airlines expecting most holidaymakers to be searching for flights at the weekend, prices are increased more often than not. But if you’re browsing when they least expect it, then you could save money. Up to £100 in some cases!
Travel Hack #2: Get sneaky with your flight bookings
With airlines being able to see which flights you’re searching for, they can decide to increase prices the next time you come back to search for the same flights. But, if you’re browsing with incognito or private browsing enabled, then they’ll never know you’re looking!
Travel Hack #3: Opt for home stays rather than hotels
If you’re not too fussed about missing out on 24 hour concierge and included breakfast, then you could choose to opt for home stays rather than hotels. Companies like Airbnb specialise in renting out people’s homes to travellers, and you could save quite a bit of money, especially when staying in really nice neighbourhoods!
Travel Hack #4: Empty that water bottle!
Start carrying around an empty bottle with you, and use fountains to fill it up. And the best bit? Some airports even have water fountains! Meaning you can stop paying £3 for a small bottle of water. This is a simple way to get your daily H2O whilst saving money at the same time.
Travel Hack #5: Re-invent the art of packing
When getting ready for a trip away, ensure you make a list before packing. This will ensure you don’t forget anything important. Next, halve the clothes you’ve already packed. Do you really need 10 dresses for a week’s holiday? Right, now roll your clothes – avoid creases made from folding, by rolling your clothes instead. Simple.
Travel Hack #6: Store your travel documents on the cloud
You should always have a copy of your travel documents stored online somewhere, such as on Google Drive. This should include flight tickets, booking confirmations and a photo of your passport; just in case (heaven forbid) you end up losing any of your important paperwork.
Travel Hack #7: Snap a car park selfie
If parking in busy airport car parks or elsewhere, snap a photo of where exactly your car is parked. Look out for landmarks and ensure those are included in your photo. This will mean you don’t forget where your car is, saving you precious minutes when coming home!
Travel Hack #8: Make your luggage unique
Tie ribbons, add stickers, paint stripes on your suitcase – whatever you need to do to make your suitcase stand out. This will make looking for your bag on the luggage carousel so much easier, and limit the number of times someone walks off with your bag. No-one wants to have that conversation!
Travel Hack #9: Hide money in strange places
If you empty a lip balm tube or a sun lotion bottle, then these are two really creative things to hide your money inside. If left on the beach with your towel, thieves are going to be less suspecting of these than an obvious purse or wallet, so make the most of that when thinking of where to hide your money whilst swimming in the sea or snorkelling.
Travel Hack #10: Make your TV work hard
The TV in your home stay or hotel can double up as a charger if it has a USB port on it (and most modern TVs do). This means you can pack one less travel adapter in your suitcase, and have extra room to bring back just one more souvenir from your travels.