Travel Hacking central
By Art Robinson, Contributing Editor
Travel Hacks For Before, During, And After Your Trip!
If you’re a traveler you’ve probably heard all about travel hacks. Oftentimes the hacks are only for when you get to your destination, but what about the time leading up to arrival? Here we have a few travel hacks for before you leave, during your trip, and after you arrive!
Travel Hacks Before You Leave
Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip I learned a while ago from a friend who found it to be a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly.
Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
Travel Hacks For the Departure
Bring your own water bottle. Depending on the airline’s own policies regarding drink costs, the amount of times water is offered may not be to your liking.
Having your own water bottle ensures that you have water when you want it. When they do come around, top off your bottle with what they give you.
Travel Hacks When You Arrive
Use ATMs to get local currency. Using money converters in the airport usually come with their own fees and the exchange rates are a rip-off.
ATMs always dispense local currency, of course, so use your debit or credit card and get your money there.
Exploring Your New Location
Use the local language as much as possible. It reflects well not only on you, but also on Americans/your nationality in general.
It shows you are willing to make the effort, which can work in your favor in some situations.
- via Lifehack
Travel Hacks To Make Your Flights Easier
Looking for a few ways to make your flight go a little bit smoother? Whether you want to know how to endear yourself to the flight attendants or you want to be able to get through security quicker we can help!
Give flight attendants chocolate
Handing your flight attendant a bag of sweet treats might technically count as a bribe, but it doesn’t have the same stigma as slipping them cash. This little act of kindness can score you a bottle of vodka from the drinks cart, or a neck pillow, or even just some extra attention.
Well worth the dollar or two you’ll spend at the duty-free shop — just make sure it’s unopened. Nobody wants sloppy seconds.
Wind your headphone wires with a binder clip
You’re in a hurry to get through airport security, so you unplug your headphones, wrap them neatly around your fingers, and then proceed to jam them into your coat pocket. The next time you pull them out, you’ve got a mess of wires worthy of Labyrinth.
By wrapping your earbuds around the handles of the clip, you can sidestep the frustration of untangling.
It also gives you the option of clipping them somewhere specific, like to your backpack strap.
Sure, you can buy products that do similar work, but binder clips are way cheaper, and can be stolen from your office’s supply cabinet.
Always wear a jacket to the airport
That guy who dumps a bunch of nickels, his belt, keys, shoes, phone, boarding pass and what looks like the bottom of his junk drawer into the security bin? He’s the worst.
Don’t be that guy.
Expedite the security process by wearing a jacket and stuffing the pockets with all your stuff, then place it in the bin with your shoes.
Once you’re through, just pop the jacket back on and you’re on the move, while all the amateurs behind you fumble to gather their accoutrements.
- via thrillist
Do you have any travel hacking tips to share? How do you make flights a little bit smoother? How do you plan ahead to make your trip less stressful?
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