Travelling can be so much easier, a few little tricks here and there will make you look like a seasoned pro while the rest of the guys are left trying to catch up with your Steve McQueen cool while looking more like the keystone cops. “If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs…” you’ll be a travelling man.
A fancy internet cookie feature known as “dynamic pricing”, cookies track what you have been doing on a computer and will make prices more expensive when you return to a website (the idea is you’ll panic and book before they rise again). So be sneaky make sure you remove your digital footprints by deleting cookies between visits, that way you’ll keep seeing the original, lower price.
Name the Day
Tuesday and Wednesdays are generally cheaper days to fly.
@stagweb Hi StagWeb, The earlier you book your flights, the better price you'll get. ^Cathy
— easyJet (@easyJet) September 7, 2015
Make sure all your cards have been authorised to use overseas. Cards are often only available to use in the UK to prevent internet fraud so make sure you’ve had any restrictions removed before you find you can’t buy cervezas due to a lack of deniro (we mean cash, not Robert).
Your cards are also handy for accessing cash (duh!), but using localised ATM’s can be a lot cheaper than getting spends from often expensive exchange bureaus.
Zip lock bags can be really handy for packing dirty shoes, keeping sand out of bags, making sure liquids don’t spill in your luggage, etc. Always throw a couple in your case, they take up no room but always come in handy. Stock up at Amazon here.
Sand Which Is
There’s nothing worse than getting sand, water or beer in your phone or camera. Keep things in zip lock sandwich bags when you’re not using them to stop them getting sand in their cracks.
Have Some Bottle
Use smaller containers for shower gel, toothpaste, etc. Just take as much as you’ll need for the extent of your stay. Not only will they be lighter to carry on the way there but you don’t need to bring them back at all. Buy your bottles here.
Follow Our Lead
Ear phones, charges, USBs… all those leads can become a real mess. Use a zip lock bag or old sunglasses case to keep your leads in good nick rather than spending hours untangling them.
USB For Me
If you don’t want to travel with bulker chargers, use USB leads and plug items into TV’s or other in room devices to get your kit charged up (always check the power supply is compatible).
Pack like a Pro
Packing well can make a big difference, all that extra room in your bag for the important stuff like an inflatable armchair, etc. If you want to really pack like a pro check out these great tips from CN Traveler.
— Lonely Planet (@lonelyplanet) September 7, 2015
Did you know that crayons actually make really effective candles? Well they do. Boom! Take that bear Grylls… Although yes, if you’re the type of guy that carries crayons the chances are you’re not allowed to carry candles or matches anyway.
Check for Perks
If you have credit cards there are possibly all kinds of hidden perks you didn’t know about. From car rental deals to discount dinning. You don’t even needs to spend on your card, just enjoy the deals without fear of racking up debt. How good will it feel to take something off the banks for a change?!? Visit Money Saving Supermarket for the latest deals.
You might have seen the adverts on TV with people using a Pringles tube to make a free mobile speaker, it really does work, but it’s not just Pringles, plastic bottles, boxes, loo roles will all do the job.
Liquidate Jet Lag
One of the biggest contributors to the effects of jet lag is dehydration. Staying hydrated is no magic cure, but making sure you drink plenty of water, avoid processed foods and stick to snacks that are high in natural waters (fruit for example) will at least lessen the effects.
Roll With It
Get a bit Oasish and roll rather than fold clothes. They’ll take up less space in your case and if you do it well you’ll also end up with less creases.
It Costs Nothing To Ask
Ask for an upgrade, they can only say “no” but you’ll be amazed how few people think to ask and a little charm can work wonders… you silver tongued devil you.
Waterproof Your Life
Just a simple bin bag is the perfect way to add a waterproof layer to your bag or case. Simple but effective.
Never Carry Too Much
We’re not protecting your back but your wallet. Never take all your spending money out at once or keep it all in one place. By keeping your cash in separate places if the worst should happen you’ll still have some cash handy until you can sort things out.
Water Bottle Lantern
If you have a head torch or phone torch, shine it into a bottle of water. Thanks to a little physics and the miracle of refraction you have an instant lantern.
Give A Little Love
Don’t fall into the trap of having foreign coins rattling around drawers, tins, pots at home. On the last day of your trip, ask the rest of your party to pool any foreign coins, then add a little feel good factor by giving to charity.
Forget the usual foods you know back home. Head to the local restaurants, they’ll be cheaper, generally fresher and often much tastier. When in Rome…
Forgotten your phone charger? You’re not the only one, many people leave their charges at hotels so there’s a good chance reception will have one you can borrow.
Most guys are guilty of taking far too much stuff with them. Be brutal, if you don’t need it don’t pack it. Then watch those around you as they struggle back through the airport with over stuffed suitcases full of clothes and shoes they didn’t even wear.
If you do a little research before you travel, you will quite possibly find posts by previous travellers who have posted Wi-Fi passwords. Four Square is a great place to start.