Social media is rife with people claiming to have the best travel hacks, but after a while, it's hard to know what's legit and what isn't. A Reddit user recently posed a question to other members on the platform to try and find out the best travel hacks in existence. They asked users to submit their own personal “secret” travel hacks in the hope of unearthing a gold mine – and they just did that.
Here are the ten best travel hacks that came up via the travel forum thread.
1. Searching For Flights in the Airline's Original Language
One user has found that searching for flights in the airline's original language brings up cheaper flight prices. They said: “I once saved $700 booking tickets in Peru by using Spanish rather than English.”
2. Tell People Back Home Your Itinerary
One user recommends sharing your itinerary with people back home, whether it be family, friends, or even the smart traveler enrollment program. They said: Registration with the program allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.”
3. Don't Take Advice From Paid Workers
One user recommended getting travel advice from locals rather than paid workers. They said: “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.”
4. Carry a Spare Pair of Socks with You
One person recommends carrying a spare set of socks with you at all times, particularly if you are planning a long day of traveling. They said: “Dry socks after a long day of travel feel luxurious.”
5. Use Packing Cubes
One Redditor suggested buying some packing cubes to help with the monotonous packing process. They said: “I am never going back; packing cubes are THE way,” while another person said, “I roll things then put them into packing cubes. I love packing cubes.”
6. Have Organizers in Your Bags
Staying with the packing theme, one person suggested using organizers to categorize your packed clothes. They said: “They are super lightweight pouches that will save you from rifling through all your clothes to find the one shirt you're looking for.”
7. Download a Map
One user recommended downloading a map of the place you're visiting for offline use. Another person agreed, saying: “I do this too. Also, save your hotel location and embassy details.”
8. Wake Up Early
One Redditor said that no one wakes up early, so early mornings are the best time to see the most popular tourist spots. They said: “You can wake up before dawn and get fantastic golden hour pics when the city is empty, then go back for breakfast and a nap before heading out for lunch.”
9. Location Over Luxury
Another person said that they had found that a hotel in a prime spot is better than one full of luxury. Explaining why, they said: “If I can walk to get midnight munchies and to a few points of interest and to public transport, I'll put up with a lot, provided it's kept clean.”
10. When Flights are Canceled, Ring an Agent
One person said to forget to stand in line to talk to a rep if your flight is ever canceled. Instead, call an agent. They said:
“I once stood in line while also on the phone with the airline. By the time I got to the front of the line, they'd resolved the issue over the phone and told me to get in the line, so the desk agent printed my new ticket immediately. I walked away and got on the next plane.”
Secret Travel Tips
Will you be stealing any of these tips yourself for your next vacation? Is there anything that you do when you go away that helps you to have a better time? Let us know in the comments.
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