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Best Tips for Traveling

Diane Luke
Senior Editor, TipsHire
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In over 20 years of travel and 6 years of blogging I have packed luggage hundreds of times, I have traveled with all sorts of means of transport and have struck all sorts of situations – some more enjoyable, some less. Every holiday is an opportunity to add new tips & tricks to the list, so next time to get better.

Here are my traveling tips

  1. If you need to arrive by plane and book directly on the airline website, remember the following trick – every new search open a new window or delete your cookies if you do not want to pay more than it does. Air fares are artificially lifted by the number of requests at the time.
  2. The best time to buy airline tickets to line companies is Tuesday, because then they lower prices to fill in the number of seats on the plane.
  3. If you forgot your phone charger at home but have a USB cable, use the TV socket in the room to charge your gadget. If you do not have a TV in the room or have USB output, ask at the reception if you do not have a loan from a charger from the unexpected tourists.
  4. As far as possible, look for a hotel/hostel/motel with breakfast included or at least the possibility of eating there the first meal of the day. It is not very pleasant to leave in the morning, hungry and half-asleep because you did not have your coffee, look for a decent place to eat, especially since many restaurants are not open at the first hour. In addition, it is much cheaper to pay for a room with breakfast unless you only reserve the room and choose to eat elsewhere.
  5. If you want the cheapest airfares to low-cost airlines, you have to hunt them the day (or the next few days) where the next season’s offer appears. These companies are airline tickets from several price categories and the cheapest are the first ones.
  6. There are many hotels and restaurants where WI-FI internet is not free of charge. Check out the comments on FourSquare, because there are chances to find the password there. Moreover, there are two applications that automatically do this for you: 4SqWifi for iOS (free, FourSquare account is needed) and VenueSpot for Android.
  7. When traveling abroad, use GPS to avoid surprises with the mobile phone bill when you return home. Before you go out on the road in the morning, open Google Maps on the area you are about to visit, pass the phone in a flat mode so your battery does not end up and the GPS is turned on.
  8. When you pack your luggage, run the clothes for extra space in your suitcase or backpack. I am doing this every time and am amazed at how many clothes are in my baggage. Besides, this is not even your clothes.
  9. For even more space, sometimes I use bags (of different sizes) that are plugged in with the vacuum cleaner. At home it’s very simple to do this, and when I return, please a housekeeper to help me for a few seconds with the vacuum cleaner.
  10. Make xerox copies of all your personal and travel documents and keep them in a separate place from the original. Moreover, it’s a good idea to have scanned copies on your mail or laptop / kindle / e-book because they can save your skin in case of theft or loss.
  11. If you do not feel comfortable on the plane and you can choose your place to stay during the flight, choose one beside your wings, because you will feel the least turbulence there. I once stood on the last row of chairs near the queue, and it was not too good.
  12. Never put a pair of brand new shoes in your luggage if you hold your feet. Instead, get the most comfortable shoe you have and forget about the heels. I will keep my experience / experience on the heels all my life and I will advise everyone around me not to do as I did.
  13. Take with you, wherever you go, snacks – fruits, biscuits, cereal bars and, as much as possible, sandwiches. Do not bet on the fact that when you get hungry you will find a decent restaurant where you can eat. Murphy never sleeps, and in the case of a happy pub that you will be fine, it will take an hour for your food to be served.
  14. If a restaurant has a menu in several languages, then it certainly is not for the locals. This translates into (bigger) prices and not quite indigenous food.
  15. When you go shopping in an Arab country, always negotiate if you want to pay the correct price. Traders in these countries artificially inflate prices precisely because they like to get stuck. Do not beg your pardon that you have done what you know after a tough negotiation, but you can even be sure that you have not paid more than you do.
  16. Note the address of the hotel / hostel or host where you are on holiday, if you are wandering. It has happened to me a few times that I’m losing the city and not being able to even ask for passers-by. Believe me, it’s not very nice, especially if it’s night!
  17. Even if you are not mature, and although you are on vacation, make an effort and wake up early. In the morning, before 10-11, take the best photos, you can see locals in their environment – in the market, on the way to work or school, or during the daily routine (running through the park or on the cliff, for example) and the streets are not at all crowded. In addition, some museums have free entrance before 9.00 (as is in Andalusia).
  18. Take a scarf with you, either winter or summer, at sea or on the mountain or in a city break. In Istanbul I used it to protect me from the wind on the bank of the Bosphorus and cover me in the mosques, Nice was good on the beach instead of the towel, and on the mountain often helped me not to make the sun.
  19. Never go to a holiday in a group of more than 4 people because you risk ruining your vacation and gang. Everyone has other expectations from a trip – one wants to shopping, another wants to laze all day at the beach or on the hotel terrace and the other simply forgets
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Best Tips for Traveling
In over 20 years of travel and 6 years of blogging I have packed luggage hundreds of times, I have traveled with all sorts of means of transport and have struck all sorts of situations - some more enjoyable, some less. Every holiday is an opportunity to add new tips & tricks to the list, so next time to get better.
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