Traveling can be complicated for the most experienced traveler. From not overpacking to not getting lost in the busiest airports, getting ready for a trip is never simple.
But I’ve put together my top 15 Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money while making your next trip a whole lot easier.
Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money
Booking Your Destination
Hack #1 – Set specific goals. Decide the purpose of your trip by asking yourself, are you really seeking fun in the sun, tropical waters, and late-night colorful drinks? Are you hoping for a spiritual experience or maybe soul searching safari? Determine the objective of what you want to get out of your travel first, and the destination will fall in line.
Hack #2 – Check your calendar. Invest time researching and decide how much money you will need, how will you save the money, how much time you will need to save the money, and set specific travel dates.
Packing only what you need
Hack #1 – Leave the fashion show at home. Most travelers make the same mistake of over-packing, so go through each day of your itinerary and figure out what you will be wearing, down to accessories. Make sure you reuse the articles by mixing and matching items toward the end of your trip, cutting down on packing so many items.
I promise ladies you will not wear four pairs of wedges! Take my word and save the space for souvenirs and if you are not sure what souvenirs to purchase click here for my Ultimate list of Where To Find the Best Travel Souvenirs.
Hack #2 – Essentials only. Ask yourself if you really need to pack those stilettos, third pair of shoes, or those bulky bracelets that you are probably not going to wear.
Keep toiletries down to a bare minimum by using a travel-size toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, and toothpaste. Ask yourself if you even need to pack shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap because most hotels will provide these items for you.
Hack #3 – Pack wisely. Use your space wisely and fill every nook and cranny of your suitcase. That means filling your shoes with underwear and socks, rolling, and stacking to save space.
If you pack to capacity this will help you resist the urge to purchase souvenirs you really don’t need.
Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money While Shopping
Hack #1 – Be strategic. Are you really saving money on those “duty-free” shops in the airport? Pull out your phone and quickly research how much you can purchase those items for at home and is it really worth lugging the box through the airport?
Hack #2 – Don’t buy luxury goods “duty-free“ because most high-end labels like Louis Vuitton and Dior are price-controlled so their prices will be the same no matter where you buy them so just wait and purchase those items at home.
Hack #3 – Local finds. Make sure the food items you are buying are hard to find and specific to the region you are traveling.
Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money
Travel Hacks – Flying the friendly skies
Hack #1 – Stay hydrated. Buy water once you get past security because once you are on the plane you will only be given a small amount of water the entire flight. Please don’t get drunk before and during long flights. It will be tempting to “turn up” on your flight but just wait it out.
Hack #2 – Sleeping. If you are planning to use sleep aids (including “natural” methods such as melatonin, or drugs such as Ambien), try them before you fly with them because some of them may have an adverse effect if you have never used sleep aid. Nobody wants to see you sleepwalking on a plane.
Hack #3 – Dressing for the flight. Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes — no skinny jeans or anything that could impede blood flow or cause your ankles to swell.
Leave the high heels at home ladies or at least put them in your luggage and who are you really trying to impress on a long haul flight?
Food, Food, and More Food
Hack #1 – Don’t let all of your hard work go down the drain. How do you avoid staying on track and avoid returning to work bloated after you have worked out for months to get into your swimsuit?
Ask yourself is this worth the calories? If you are in Italy and you know you will be eating rich pasta every night for dinner, skip the heavy breakfast for fresh fruit and maybe a smoothie.
Hack #2 – Sometimes bigger can be better. Be careful about sampling street food while we all watch Andrew Zimmerman eat all kinds of unknown things that might not be the best idea if your tummy is not made out of steel.
You can still have authentic food from the region you are traveling to without dying from food poisoning. If it doesn’t look right or smell right use your judgment.
Hack #3 – Squeeze in exercise. Vacations are a great time to run on the beach as the sun rises, take a walk along a scenic trail, or tap into anything that gets you moving. Try to plan movement into your daily vacation routine.
“Swim, walk, explore, kayak—all of these are great,” I found out I lost weight while I was in Rome last year because of all of the walking the hubby and I were doing while Exploring Rome.
Vacation exercise can easily be fun. So, do it!
My hope is to help you travel better in 2018 with my favorite travel hacks I’ve learned over the years.
You’ll know should be able to navigate airports masterfully, save money on trip changes and cancelations, uncover real-time hotel discounts, and find yourself with more time (and money) when you finally arrive.
Do You Know of Any Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money? I would love to hear your feedback so drop a comment below or head on over to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!