Travel hacks for a happy holiday abroad

                                                                        18 *genius* travel hacks for a happy holiday abroad


BEFORE YOU GO

1.FLY ON A TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY There tends to be up to a15-25% drop in price compared to other days of the week! Use a flight aggregation site like Sky Scanner to test the theory. 

2. CHOOSE UNSOCIABLE HOURS Sure, getting that 4am flight might not be a lot of fun, but it might just get you the best price deal. 


3. SWITCH ON PRIVATE BROWSING when searching for deals You know those cookie warnings you idly 'accept'? They know what you want which can cause the prices you're shown to rise simply because you've searched for those flights befo


4. GET A VILLA OR AIRBNB TO SAVE MONEY ON GROUP HOLIDAYS. Booking a villa or finding a house/apartment on Airbnb can work out much cheaper than staying separately in hotel rooms.


5. LEARN THE RIGHT WAY TO PACK A SUITCASE. Learn to pack like a pro and you'll fit SO MUCH more stuff in there. 


6. GET THE BEST RATE ON YOUR TRAVEL MONEY. Never buy money at an airport you won't get the best rates of exchange.

AT THE AIRPORT

7. TRY MARKING YOUR BAG AS FRAGILE Not only will you have peace of mind your lovely luggage will be handled with the care it deserves.

8. AVOID CHILDREN LIKE THE PLAGUE Partly because kids at airports are always annoying. But mainly because opting for the queue that has the least kids in means it's bound to move quicker. If there's a businessman-heavy queue, go for that one. They know their stuff and will keep it moving nicely. 

9. ARRIVE EARLY TO BAGSY FREE UPGRADES  Airline staff will know about any free premium seats hours in advance, so be earlier-than-early to make sure you have the best chance of nabbing them! 

10. WEIGH YOUR STUFF BEFORE CHECK-IN Nervous you've packed one too many heavy pairs of wedges? 

11. JUST ASK FOR AN UPGRADE Don't be all British about it. Simply asking airport staff and hotel receptionists if there are upgrades available.
If you don't ask, you don't get. 


12. DON'T BE PART OF THE ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES BOARD SCRUM Download 'Flighboard' and turn your phone into a live departures board for any airport. It'll save you craning your neck and means you can crack on with airport shopping/eating instead of waiting by the departures board like all those other losers. 

13. HAVE A JIGGLE If you hate turbulence whilst flying, the travel experts at Sky scanner tell you to jiggle about in your seat to counterbalance it! Apparently it works like a charm...

ON YOUR HOLIDAY

14. NAB THE FREE WIFI - ANYWHERE!  All those free cafe/restaurant Wifi accounts showing up on your phone password-only? 

15. DOWNLOAD APPS FOR CITY BREAKS City Mapper is a fab app for helping you get around on foot or public transport like a local.

16. TRANSLATE THE MENU If you don't know your poulet from your paella, use Google Translate nifty photo function. Simply point the camera at the text you want to translate, and it'll work it's magic! 

17. TAKE A PLUG ADAPTOR You'll get a lot more power points from using just one international plug. Never have that straightening hair Vs charging your phone dilemma again!

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