Let’s be honest and admit that travel is a two-sided coin. There is a side full of adventure, new experiences, exotic foods and memories that will last a lifetime. The other side consists of expensive tickets, travel scams, overloaded suitcases and sometimes a little stress.
If you want to travel more, save money, and stay safe in the process, read on to learn travel hacks from veteran travelers who’ve been through it all.
Hack to save money on flights
Flights can often be one of the biggest expenses when traveling. Here’s how to save money on flights.
Use incognito mode and a VPN. Ariel Sheen, a travel journalist, emailed BGN and shared his experience with finding the cheapest flights. He recounted an experience when his friends living in the US were looking for flights to visit him in Colombia. “We learned that their incognito flight browsing was insufficient for them to get the same prices I saw in Colombia. When they combined incognito mode and VPNs to spoof their IP address to make it look like they were looking at local flights, the prices dropped significantly.”
Choose flights based on price, not destination. If you use Skyscanner for flights, it has a great feature called “go anywhere”. that will show you the cheapest places to travel. And usually, where there’s a low-cost flight, there’s a lower cost of living, which can save you money when traveling domestically.
Track flights with price alerts. Janelle “Jash” Cooper emailed BGN and shared the benefits of looking up flights with Google Flights. ” [It’s] it’s a great way to find different flights and you can set up notifications for specific flights. This is a great way to see prices fluctuate and see which days would be best to travel.” There are also similar features on kayak.com and other travel sites.
Travel hacks for packing light
Packing is one of my least favorite parts of traveling. I always seem to pack too much or too little. Trying to fit a week’s worth of clothes into a small suitcase feels like an Olympic sport. However, a tried and true technique that has helped me is spinning clothes. I often stack clothes on top of each other, roll them up, and then pack them neatly into my suitcase or backpack to save space.
Dirty laundry. Another packing hack was suggested by Valerie, owner and luxury travel consultant for Cultured Travel LLC. She emailed BGN to remind travelers to pack an extra bag for dirty laundry. She mentions, “You can get a cheap mesh laundry bag for a convenient place to store all the clothes used while on vacation. I also recommend throwing some dryer sheets in their trunk. This will help your clothes smell fresh like they just came out of the wash.“