Jet setters’ best travel hacks
Nothing enriches us more than experiencing the world with our very own eyes. Knowing a few tips can ensure that you get the very best out of your travel experience. Here’s what jet setters are saying helped them to avoid aggravation while putting a few extra dollars back in their pockets.
Save money on your flights
According to Business Insider, some airlines and travel sites will charge you more per flight each time you refresh your browser or return to their site to check flight prices. This is due to something called “dynamic pricing” which jacks up the price based on demand. These websites track your cookies to find out how many times you’ve visited their site. There are a few ways to help you get around dynamic pricing that will keep you from overpaying. Try browsing in incognito or private windows and make sure to clear your browsing history and cookies before you search for flight pricing.
Measure and weigh your packed bags
It’s crucial for travelers to weigh and measure their packed bags before they arrive at the airport. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting hit with extra fees. If your carry-on suitcase doesn’t fit within the airline’s specified measurements, they can force you to check it. Most airlines charge for checked bags these days. You can also get hit with extra fees if your suitcases are too heavy. Make sure you know what your airline specifically allows and make sure your bags are in compliance before you head to the airport. No one wants to get hit with a nasty surprise that will waste time and put in a dent in their travel budget.
Travel light and ditch the extra bags
You don’t need to take seven pairs of shoes with you on a weekend getaway. Pack basic pieces that can be mixed and matched with accessories to create a variety of outfits. This can significantly cut down on luggage space. Taking only a carry-on will also keep you safe from the dreaded lost luggage scenario. You also don’t have to lug around heavy bags or wait around at baggage claim.
Here’s how to stay calm during turbulence
Turbulence can be pretty terrifying. But there are some ways to help minimize the anxiety it might cause. Book a seat at the front of the place where turbulence isn’t felt as much. You can also try swaying along with the bumps and shakes since fighting it will only make you more anxious.
You can also try clenching your buttocks and breathing. This will counterbalance the shaking caused by turbulence. It also helps you focus on your body’s movement instead of the plane’s movement. Breathing through a straw will help slow down your breath and calm you.
Get yourself some noise canceling headphones
Flying can be a true test of mental endurance when you’re seated next to a crying baby, the bachelorette party, or the loud snoozer. Especially if it’s a long flight. Noise canceling headphones will be your salvation. There could be a marching band playing on the plane and you’ll still sleep soundly through it. These babies can be expensive but are worth every penny.
Don’t exchange money at your hotel or the airport
Places like hotels, airports, and currency exchange kiosks can be the worst places to exchange your money into the local currency. That’s because they can run some serious scams or charge ridiculous fees. It’s better to shop around for the best currency exchange rates before your trip. You might also want to do some research and find out what places have reasonable rates near your destination in case you need some cash when you get there.