The holidays are here and we get to travel and enjoy the holidays. Knowing the best travel hacks that work makes you feel unstoppable and smart. The actual traveling is, however, stressful. About more truthful aspect of traveling you can read on one of those essays about travel. Travelling requires a lot of planning and packing the right stuff for your journey is crucial. The next hurdle is the destination, you might be flying to a destination hours from home, and you have to consider booking of the flight, security checks, how to get to your destination from the airport, where to spend the night and other nerve-racking stuff.
Travel hack saves time, money, luggage space and gets us comfortable through our adventures reducing the frustration of traveling. However, it is sometimes better to work within the rules, make informed choices and make rewarding purchases that are trying to dodge the system.
Anne Klaeysen, “when you hear the word hack, don’t walk away- do run. Some of the life hacks are lies and exaggerate the system in a way it was not intended. The actions do have consequences on other travelers, and other costs you more. “I have frequently traveled over the years and picked out some new travel life hacks. Some of the hacks are reasonable but do not work. These are not a list of to do hacks-nope.
- 1. Obsessing About Low Airlines Fare
There is a popular belief that airline fares go up on weekends and are lowest on Tuesdays. Wednesday and Thursday are popularly advocated to be the cheapest days to score cheap fare. These are a hoax. If you know you will travel in a certain month, book your ticket four months prior. Chances are you will get fair rates. The ticket price is often higher when you are about to depart.
- Clear Your Cache
Almost every airline hack you have heard is wrong. Amongst my favorites – clear your history, cookies, and cache to get the lowest fare. Cache and cookies get the fare to rise by the minute when you are checking the rates. How is that even possible, the airlines are not tracking your activity, and the prices have nothing to do with your browser history? Such hacks are meant to waste your time.
- Renting a Car
There are opaque traveling sites that are meant to help a tourist get a cheap car. The sites do not have the cheapest inventory. There are also fraudulent travel sites skimming to steal from you. Get lower prices by using credible and popular sites like AAA, Costco, and Avis.
- Rental Insurance
Rental companies offer rental insurance that is overpriced. A car rental insurance is not a requirement, and yet the opaque travel sites charge close to $1 in every $10 charged on rental. To avoid the inflated prices, check with your credit card company to see if you are covered. You can use your auto policy too before checking into the rental company.
- Hotel Rate
Everyone wants to be a hacker and will write almost anything to attract the most reads. There are bogus hotel hacks like phoning the hotel directly to get a low fee. The assumption is the website use agency that adds overhead to the website prices. That is not true. When the website belongs to the hotel, you cannot negotiate a room; you make direct reservations once you book online.
- Tipping the Hotel Guy
Bribing the guy at the front desk of the hotel is another “hack” the trick being slipping $50 or even more in your driver’s license and credit card and giving it to the person at the front desk for an upgrade. There is no way you will get an upgrade. The room is already in the system, and the clerk will pocket the money thinking it is an innocent tip.
- Packing All your Traveling Gear
There is no need of carrying a neck pillow, or noise-canceling headphones or a handheld fan. Packing way too much is expensive, traveling with a variety is essential. Pack the number of clothes necessary for the days you will stay in a foreign place.
The cell phone is crucial in our everyday activities. While abroad you may need to communicate with people back home and international rates are ridiculously high. A bogus trick is telling your cell service provider of your intention to travel to switch the service to global use. International prices are very expensive and do not save money.
Conduct your research on the cell phone services available in your area of the visit and plan to purchase the local sim card to use during your stay.
As I conclude, if you are obsessing about life hacks make sure the sources are credible and informed. Do not compromise your ethics and security trying to game the system.