Having a night out on the town during your trip can be fun, but it can sometimes leave you vulnerable to price gouging. Many tourists don’t take the time to learn about a particular airport’s public transportation system, which is supposed to take them home.
Finding yourself at the airport after the buses or subway has stopped running can mean that your only option is a pricey taxi cab, and locals are often more than happy to take advantage! Before anything, familiarize yourself with the airports’ public transportation.
Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh
Let's be honest; after a few days of traveling, things can get a bit stinky. And when you are traveling back home with a connection flight, things can get extremely stinky. From long hikes to even spending entire days exploring a city, it's only natural that our clothes will pick up some rather unpleasant smells.
To keep things more fresh than funky, a good travel hack is to throw in a couple of fabric softener sheets into your luggage. Not only do these dryer sheets impart a nice fresh scent, but gently rubbing one against your clothes can actually prevent annoying and embarrassing static cling.
Beware of People Being “Too Nice”
Though every country has its own communication styles, it's generally suggested to be suspicious of anyone being TOO nice to you on your travels. When you find yourself in the airport waiting for our next bonding announcement, pay attention to what is happening around you.
People placing bracelets or jewelry on you, stopping you to ask directions, or making small talk often either want you to pay for something or are distracting you while another person pickpockets you. It goes without saying that you should never accept food or beverages from a stranger, as this is also a common tactic to take advantage of tourists. Ultimately, it's better to be considered standoffish but stay safe.
The Life-Saving Travel Must-Have
As you pack for a trip, it's easy to focus on the stuff you want to take versus the things you "need" to take. And while it’s important to leave room in your luggage for that perfect outfit, flashlights are an invaluable travel necessity in the case of an emergency. At the airport too.
There are many stories of travelers being caught off guard during emergencies in waiting for lounges as fires where the electricity has been cut off, forcing them to navigate their way out in the darkness. When in doubt, pack a small keychain-sized flashlight just in case!
Take the Guesswork Out of Bag Sizes
As airlines get more and more specific, particularly when it comes to luggage dimensions, buying luggage for your trip can quickly become a confusing nightmare. Thankfully, some luggage manufacturers are actually making luggage that corresponds with the unique dimensions required by certain airlines.
Amazon can be a great place to find these bags. Just make sure to check the website before you purchase your bag, as these requirements can sometimes change. Getting the correct size luggage can save you time and money as you won’t have to pay additional fees for oversized bags.