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6 travel hacks to make your trip easier

Travel can definitely be a little stressful at times so a few handy hints can go a long way.

Hopefully, with these 6 travel tips you’ll make your life a little easier, and have the trip of a lifetime!

  1. Make the most of your flights


Generally, if you book an economy ticket with a Y or B booking code for your flight, these are usually ‘flexible economy’ tickets, which are the first group that get upgraded. Also, if you book your flight at Wednesday 1am of the home country of the airline, pricing can drop quite a lot. For example, if you’re booking flights with Air Canada, make sure you get your tickets at 1am on a Wednesday morning, Canada time.

  1. Sit strategically


Because people tend to hate sitting at the back of the plane, that’s probably where you’ll find yourself some empty seats to spread out across. If you can choose your seating and want some extra room, think about putting yourself at the back. If you can’t, when you check in you can ask whether your seat can be moved. Generally the people who work at airlines are pretty complacent and will help you.

Also, if you hate turbulence, the best seats for you are the ones that are located directly over the wings of the plane. This is usually the least affected part of the plane when wind hits, and will move around the least. If you sit at the very back or front, you will probably feel turbulence more, and if this makes you anxious you will certainly not have a great flight!

  1. Store your batteries in the fridge


Yes, this may come across as a strange point at first glance, but if you’re staying in a hotel with a mini fridge, you can store your rechargeable batteries in there to save power. Especially if you’re a keen photographer, you may want to preserve your battery power as much as possible, so by doing this overnight you can leave more charge to use the next day. Generally (unless they’re alkaline), cold climates can freeze the liquid inside and can retain up to 90% of their charge.

  1. Wear your heaviest clothes in transit


Although your luggage is weighed, you definitely are not, so if you’ve packed yourself a hefty pair of boots, wear them on the flight and kick them off after the plane is in the air so you can get comfortable. Similarly, if you packed a heavy coat or jacket, you can wear it onto the plane and then use it as a blanket or a pillow later on your flight. This means that you’ll probably have lots more spare room (and weight) in your luggage for souvenirs and presents.

  1. Use an aggregate


Many travel aspects such as flights, cruises, domestic transport, insurance, hotels, and tour group costs are all available to compare online. For example, if you’re interested in travel insurance deals in Europe, you can search this and find the lowest possible price.

  1. Steam your clothes in the bathroom


If your perfect outfit is looking a little crumpled from the journey and you don’t have easy access to an iron (it happens more often than you’d think), hanging it up high in the bathroom will mean it gets some steam access when someone takes a shower. This should help smooth out the creases and make it a bit more presentable for when you want to wear it.

Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a travel journalist - travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate's inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.

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