There’s no denying that timing is one of the most important factors, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to travel. Though many people have bragged about finding amazing last-minute deals, experts agree that the best prices for travel can be found about 24 weeks before your departure.
In fact, the savings you can accumulate by booking far in advance can be significant according to various studies done on data related to travel. In general, flights are cheaper when purchased in advance, at least a month and a half before your departure.
Learn the City’s General Schedule
When researching a destination, we sometimes tend to focus on tourist attractions and not on local customs. For example, in some countries, certain days of the week are devoted to religious practice and thus shops, banks, and most tourist attractions are closed.
Some countries close for a set amount of hours every afternoon known as a “siesta.” Doing the proper research can make sure you're getting the most out of your vacation days.
Choose Free When it Comes to Tours
Though sitting on an air-conditioned bus as you're shuttled from tourist attraction to tourist attraction can be tempting, it can also be expensive. Tours can easily reach into the hundreds of dollars, and that can take a big bite out of your travel budget.
One useful hack is to join a free walking tour that can be found in almost every city. Not only are these tours a great way to see the different sides of a city, but you’ll also be getting some exercise and meeting other travelers - all for free.
Don’t Leave Your Favorite Makeup Products Behind
Whether it's trying to cover up the evidence of a long flight, or wanting to look your best in your vacation photos, traveling without your makeup is not an option for many of us. But with many products housed in heavy glass containers, makeup can easily weigh down luggage.
So what’s a cosmetics connoisseur to do when traveling? Simply squeeze out a bit of your favorite cosmetic product like foundation or moisturizer into a contact lens case. Make sure you close it tight and throw it into your carry-on or purse!
Compression Socks Are a Must-Have
Between the long hours spent sitting, the lack of hydration (who wants to use airplane bathrooms?), or kicking back a few mini-bottles of adult beverages, your legs can get very swollen during travel.
The swelling doesn't just look unsightly, but for many people, it's physically painful and can make you feel fatigued and uncomfortable - things you definitely don't want to feel when you land and plan to hit the ground running. Frequent travelers swear by compression socks to help prevent painful swelling and boost circulation on long trips.