When it comes to traveling, there are times when doing a bit of research can save us a lot of stress. One example is knowing the local holidays. Whether they are religious, secular “bank holidays” or week-long celebrations, these special times can mean that shops, tourist attractions, and restaurants are generally closed.
Certain holidays can also mean that public transportation, banks, or even supermarkets are closed which can make travel a nightmare. If you can’t avoid the holiday, make adequate plans such as stocking up on groceries or getting all of your sightseeing done beforehand.
Get Two Trips for the Price of One!
When it comes to traveling, many of us are trying to get the most bang for our buck. One clever way to maximize your travel experience is by booking a ticket with a long layover in another city.
Depending on the hours of the layover, you may be able to leave the airport and tour an entirely different city and possibly even stay overnight before reporting back to the airport. Just keep in mind the distance between the airport and your city, and leave enough time for security and other pre-boarding procedures.
Fake Being Fragile
If you’ve ever seen luggage being handled by baggage handlers, you probably know that their focus is on making sure baggage gets quickly on the plane, and less on your precious souvenirs.
One way to ensure that your belongings make it home in one piece is to mark your bag as “fragile,” not only will fragile bags be handled with more care, they typically get placed at the top of the baggage pile meaning they’ll be sent out first in the luggage carousel. “Fragile” stickers are available at the ticket/check-in counter at no additional cost.
Double-Bag and Tape Toiletries
Known as the “mystery leak,” many people open their luggage only to find that their clothes and other belongings are soaked with some strange liquid. The culprit? Usually a bottle of shampoo or other toiletries that exploded or leaked during travel.
Between changes in air pressure and overly rough baggage handlers, the possibilities of a cap unscrewing or bottle breaking are great. Using tape to seal caps and then wrapping those taped-up bottles in large waterproof plastic bags will ensure that your suitcase stays dry and your shampoo lives to see another day.
Catch Some Zzzzs On the Go!
One of the biggest expenses when it comes to booking travel is booking accommodations. Even the most basic of hostels can quickly add up on a long trip, and most travelers look to save money on this expensive part of their travel budget.
One hack is to book an overnight flight or overnight bus in order to save money on accommodations. Overnight flights let you sleep comfortably (or as comfortable as sleeping on an airplane can be!), allowing you to arrive at your destination well-rested.