Even when you’re exhausted after a long trip, it can be hard to get to sleep in a strange room. One of the most annoying parts about staying in a hotel room is that little sliver of blinding light that seems to always get in your eyes as soon as the sun rises.
Light sleepers may want to jot this next travel hack down – use the pants hanger that many hotel closets offer to pin the hotel blinds closed, making sure that no light permeates and ruins your precious beauty sleep.
Taxi Drivers Know Where It's At
Between social media and endless amounts of online information, you can now find out just about anything about the place you're traveling to. That said, never underestimate the knowledge of a local - specifically a taxi driver.
Taxi drivers have typically lived in an area their whole lives or a long period of time, they've seen their city at all hours of the day and have driven through every nook and cranny throughout their career. Most cab drivers are happy to share their city with tourists and can be an irreplaceable source of knowledge.
Learn What “Shoulder Season” Is
Most of us know what shoulder pads are, but did you know that there is a “shoulder season” when it comes to travel? Shoulder season is the season between the typical high season and low season of a travel destination - in basic terms, it's when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds have cleared.
Shoulder season can depend on the destination so it's important to research the specific shoulder of that specific destination. Not only are conditions great during this season, but tickets are typically significantly cheaper.
Noise-Canceling Headphones Are a Game-Changer
Even the most technophobe traveler has moments when they wish they would have splurged on a pair of noise-canceling headphones. From screaming babies to overly-excited tourists, airplanes and airports can be terribly noisy places, making it hard to get a few hours of rest on your journey.
Noise-canceling headphones can be a great way to find a bit of zen in an otherwise very stressful and loud environment. With so many different brands and price points, these headphones are no longer a luxury, and are now considered a travel essential!
Keep a Pen Handy
Sure a pen isn't the most glamorous travel accessory (it’s no monogrammed passport holder), but it is actually one of the most useful items to bring with you on a trip. Having fast access to a pen can mean quickly filling out customs forms and other documents instead of relying on seatmates or flight attendants.
A pen is also a great way to jot down important addresses or names of places without having to reach for your phone. Weighing practically nothing, this travel must-have is a surprisingly useful item to pack!