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19 Handy Travel Hacks

19/01/2020
19 Handy Travel Hacks

Travelling just got a whole lot easier!

Learn all the best tips and tricks used by seasoned travellers to make your next adventure a doddle with these helpful travel hacks. From space and money savers to beer chilling ideas, we’ve compiled the definitive list of need-to-know hacks for your next big trip!

1. Watch Out for Browser Cookies

Be savvy when you’re searching for flights! Those pesky internet programmers have woven in a feature known as “dynamic pricing” which makes prices rise when you return to a website – i.e. when you’re looking for plane tickets. You can either out-sneak those dastardly internet gremlins by deleting your cookies (yeah, no idea either) or you can turn ‘incognito’ private browsing on and bypass those money-grabbing cookies!

2. Be Flexible with your Dates

We know sometimes this isn’t possible, but if you are flexible with your chosen dates, you may be able to save yourselves a nice chunk of money – Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally cheaper days to fly.

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3. Authorise Your Cards

Don’t fall foul to the schoolboy error of failing to notify your bank that you’re jetting off abroad! You’ll find they’ll shut down your account down faster than you can say, “But my mummy used to sort it all for me!”, leaving you up a certain creek without a paddle. And you definitely don’t need that when you’re about to purchase your first, refreshing, holiday beverage!

4. Use Local Cash Machines

Whilst we’re on the subject of money, rather than using expensive exchange bureaus, be sure to use localised ATMs to save on the withdrawal fees. Although use your judgement, using a bank on a busy street may be a safer bet than the one under that flickering light in that dingy alleyway.

5. Use Google Maps Offline

Yes, you can now use Google Maps offline, meaning you won’t have to rinse your data and spend extortionate amounts on roaming when you’re out and about. Simply plot your routes when you have WiFi and download the maps for future use.

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6. Chilling Your Beers Without A Fridge

Really this should be at the top of the list. If you’ve never faced this dilemma, you should count your lucky stars! When you’re in a warm country and don’t have access to a fridge in your room/accommodation, you used to just have to muddle through with tepid cans of lager which got hotter and hotter by the minute. But some forward-thinking pioneer had the foresight to fill up his sink with water and ice and, voila, you never have to face the dreary prospect of drinking out of a lukewarm ever again.

7. Don’t Fork Out For Multiple Plug Adapters

Simply buy one and take a UK extension lead with you. If there is a group of you, this could end up saving you a surprising amount of money, meaning you’ll have more to spend on the important things on a vacation; beers, food, beers, souvenirs, beers, etc. etc.

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8. Conquer Jet Lag

Don’t go losing valuable holiday time moping about feeling sorry for yourself because you’re tired. 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 will certainly lessen your effects. Going for a run is also a frequently cited remedy, but that does involve considerably more effort than lifting a glass of water to your face.

9. Buy a Bum Bag

A fashion trend we certainly didn’t foresee returning but has made a roaring comeback is the bum bag. They’re now a symbol of the cool guy rather than the pensioner or that weird kid at school who used to eat crayons. Fashionable and a great way to keep all your valuables safe and sound!

10. The Bottle Opener Keyring

The panic that sets in when you purchase a beer with a bottle cap only to realise you don’t have an opener is akin, we imagine, to what must happen if you come face to face with a Bengal tiger in the wild: panic, sweating, the fear you’re not gonna survive! Well get organised and purchase a bottle opener for your keyring for all those bottle-related emergencies! You can pick these up for around a pound if you search the interweb.

The Bottle Opener Keyring

11. Roll Your Clothes

A nifty space saver, rolling up your clothes instead of folding them gives you a surprising amount of extra room. Also, you don’t have to waste time folding which is always a winner!

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12. Mark Your Bag as Fragile

Even if it isn’t! We know, sneaky, right?! This means the guys at the airport will handle it with care and also place it on the top of everyone’s luggage, so it’ll be first off the plane and you can avoid the long queues. You just have to live with the guilt of lying to the multi-billion pound aviation company… yeah, us neither.

13. Scan Your Important Docs

Unfortunately, we live in a world where sometimes people fall victim to theft. Equally, we also live in a world where people are pretty ditsy and lose stuff with worrying frequency. So it’s a good idea, before you set off, to scan a copy of your passport and screenshot your flight details etc. to alleviate some issues you might encounter if you were to misplace certain items.

14. Eat Local

Forget eating the same old slop you can buy back in Blighty, got native and search out local restaurants – they’re generally cheaper, plus you get a real insight into the local culture.

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15. Bin Bag Your Bag

If you’re off out trekking and the heavens open, you don’t want all your valuables getting drenched. Pack a bin bag which you can whip it out as a luggage poncho if you get caught out by the weather!

16. Ask For An Upgrade

When you’re getting your flight, ask for an upgrade. They can only say “no” and you’ll be amazed how often this little charm actually works!

17. Utilise the USB

Most phones and tech gadgets charge via a simple USB cable these days, so you can charge your device from TVs, laptops and other gadgets you find around hotels and hostels. That means, in some cases, you could get away with leaving those bulky plug adapters at home.

18. WiFi Passwords

Forget paying for access to WiFi as some places are known to make you do, internet forums and websites are rife with travellers sharing the WiFi passwords of some of the most popular places from around the globe.

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19. Never Carry Too Much Money

Don’t carry too much on you at one time. If you go out with all your money and end up losing it or having it pinched, you’ll be well and truly stuffed. Leave it in the bank or leave some in a safe place at your accommodation.

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