Summer is around the corner, and we all are planning to travel. Who doesn’t like to save money during travel and have the best experience?
We compiled the best travel tips that people don’t know about.
1. Search Flights In the Local Language
2. Ask the Service Staff
“If you’re asking for an opinion, don’t ask the opinion of someone who’s being paid to provide it.”
“Want to know where the best meal near your hotel is? The cleaner isn’t getting a kickback from the nearest steakhouse, but the concierge probably is.”
“Want to know the easiest way to get to the airport? The front desk clerk is going to tell you to hire the hotel preferred transfer, but the barman will probably tell you what train to catch for 1/20th of the price.”
3. Bring an orange
“Bring an orange. If someone you are sitting next to smells bad, you can open the orange up as a natural deodorizer.”
4. Extra Pair of Socks
“Bring a spare pair of socks and change socks after you are settled on your flight, train, etc. Put the sweaty socks away in a plastic bag. Dry socks after a long day of travel feel luxurious.”
5. Stupid and Cheerful
Stupid and Cheerful. A cop stops you in a foreign country? Stupid and cheerful. Never be belligerent. A border guard says your papers aren’t in order? Stupid and cheerful.
The airline says you are too late to board. Stupid and cheerful. Being cheerful always works better than being aggressive. And it transcends culture. I knew an elderly couple who drove across Africa, and “stupid and cheerful” was their advice. It’s far harder to punish someone who claims ignorance and is smiling.
6. Roll Everything
7. Use Organizers
8. Flat Packing
“Flat packing saves the most space. Lay all shirts flat on each other and fold them as one shirt. Do the same with underwear and shorts. This will maximize the amount of space in your luggage.
However, folding it this way makes getting one thing out difficult. This method is suitable if you plan to take all your stuff out of your suitcase when you arrive. If you want one thing at a time, rolling is the next best option.”
9. Choose Your Company Wisely
10. Download Maps
11. Best Room In A Cheaper Hotel
12. Location Beats Luxury
“Location beats a luxury room.
If I can walk to get midnight munchies, to a few points of interest, and to public transport, I’ll put up with a lot; provided it’s kept clean.”
13. Call Airline
14. Trick Hotels
“If your plans change and you need to cancel your hotel reservation against the hotel’s cancellation policy, don’t call and cancel. I’ve tried to barter with hotels many times, but truthfully unless you have a good relationship with the hotel, they have no reason to refund you.
Instead, call the hotel and move your reservation to next week. Even if it is against the cancellation policy, most hotels will allow you to alter a reservation without issue. Then (usually a few hours later to guarantee you talk to a different hotel rep) call and cancel your “new” reservation.”
15. Eat At a Place Jammed With Locals
“Never eat where you see other tourists eating. Look for a place jammed with locals.”
16. Universal Adaptor
“Make sure you have a universal adaptor. And a portable charger.”
17. Keep Mini Soaps With You At All Times
18. Never Exchange Money at Airport
“Not particularly “unknown,” but never use the money exchange at an airport. The rates are abominable.”
“Just google the closest bank or exchange store near you. It normally has much better rates than those at an airport.”
19. Baggage Detection
“Tie a single colorful sock to your luggage so it’s easier to spot on collection.”
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