Travelling can be stressful - but there are plenty of ways to make it less so. These are just a few simple tricks to make traveling so much easier and to lighten the load on your back because after all, traveling should be fun and easy, not stressful and back-breaking! We have pulled together 17 travel hacks that will help you up your game in no time.
#1 When booking flights and hotels online enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you've visited before.
#2 When reserving seats for two people, choose the aisle and window seats. If no one takes the middle seat, then you get the full row, and if someone does, then just ask to switch seats so you can sit next to your partner.
#3 Avoid jet lag by getting plenty of exercise the day before you leave, which will also help you sleep on the plane. When you arrive in your destination, get plenty of fresh air, to further stave off jet lag.
#4 If you run out of chargers, check your hotel room television. It might just have a usb plugin.
#5 Bring a power strip and be a hero for other travelers
#6 Traveling with your jewelry? Keep pairs of earrings together with an old button.
#7 Have a secret stash of spare cash rolled up in an empty lip balm tube or lipstick.
#8 Take photos, not photocopies, of your documents and email them to yourself. Will help you a lot if you loose any important documents or your bag on your travels.
#9 Send a postcard to yourself back home each day of your holiday. It'll be a nice surprise to come home to, and you can add them to any travel memory montage you create!
#10 If you need someone to take a photo for you on holiday, pick a family with kids. They're almost guaranteed not to make off with your camera!
#11 When going camping or backpacking, make a plate of toothpaste dots and allow them to dry over a couple of days. Then, sprinkle with baking powder and store in a sandwich bag. These little dots are perfect for easy, water and brush-free tooth cleaning!
#12 Make friends with a local! Why do you travel in the first place? To experience the culture of wherever you're going, right? If you want to experience a place like a local, you could spend some time asking the bar staff where the best restaurants and pubs are, but you could also actually have them show you around.
#13 Having a map on your phone can be a lifesaver. Even if you don't have Internet it is possible to use GPS.
#14 Old sunglass cases can be reused to store chargers.
#15 Use leftover contact cases to store liquid makeup like foundation.
#16 Use empty matches or mint tins to store clips, buttons, hair pins and other small items.
#17 On the last day of your trip to a foreign country, collect all of your loose change and give it to the homeless.
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