Tips and Tricks
12 Travel Tips & Tricks To Save You Time, Money & Stress!
Take out annual travel insurance
It is always important to travel with travel insurance.
It’s a stupid risk if you’re not protected. And you will soon discover that paying medical bills out of pocket is very expensive.
If you travel more than once a year Often more likely to issue an annual policy. or the type that automatically renews every month. But you can pause it if you don’t need it. (that’s what SafetyWing offers)
You should also make sure that COVID coverage is included. where the restricted travel policy continues to apply
Fortunately, SafetyWing has both. We have used it and can recommend it as a good policy for most travelers. So don’t forget to take a look and ask for a quote. They have very clear pricing and policy details.
The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight ticket.
- Most airlines release their schedules a year in advance, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best deals.
- It seems to be a nice place when it comes to booking flights, and it probably takes about four to six months.
- That doesn’t mean you can’t get some great last minute deals!
- But if you like to be a little prepared when booking long-haul flights. like us This is a good way to set goals.
- Of course, you can save even more over time. But you may also have to pay more!
Refundable hotel room reservations
You will soon find out when you travel. (Especially if you’re a backpacker.) Your plans don’t always work out. This means you have to cancel your hotel reservation at the last minute. Instead of wasting that money It’s good to use sites like Booking.com or Airbnb, which (usually) offer free cancellation. (Sometimes even on the day you have to be there!) This proved to be very helpful to us in last minute situations where the situation changed. I recommend using a price comparison site like CozyCozy that compares properties around you. They rank all properties on Airbnb and Booking.com, making this search 10 times easier, and they even have the option to only show properties with flexible cancellation policies.
We have other travel tips. A lot about booking cheap hotel rooms if you are interested
Start preparing at least 6 weeks before departure.
We love last minute trips. And while it’s great if you’re going somewhere that requires a specific visa. But applying for some visas can take up to 6 weeks, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.
There are many good online services like Natvisa that take the stress out of applying for a visa and show you exactly what to do and how long it will take. The same is true with vaccinations and planning any attractions.
For example, buying tickets for popular sites like the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. or Statue of Liberty in New York Reservations must be made at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
Book your holiday well before you leave.
- Most people are not digital nomads on the go. So make sure you book your holiday well in advance.
- If you can, maximize your vacation time so you can make the most of your visiting time!
- If you will be relaxing in the city Consider booking Thursday and/or Monday for a long weekend.
- A city like Barcelona only needs 2 nights to discover the highlights!
Bookmark posts on Instagram to remember places worth visiting.
This is a great travel tip and one that I have started doing over the years. Instagram is a paradise for travel inspiration. And you can discover amazingly beautiful places. both popular and far away If you save these travel photos You can find it when you visit the place. And often people tag that place in a photo. which is very useful
I find myself having tons of places to explore on Instagram when we visit the Philippines.
Carry more than one credit/debit card
- Don’t make the mistake of traveling with just one bank card.
- It’s too easy to lose, break, steal, and probably the ATM won’t accept the card (or eat the card!).
- Prepare for this by bringing at least 2 or 3 cards.
- This can be one debit card. one credit card and one travel card
- If you’re from the UK (like us), you should check out Monzo and Revolut.
- Here are some tips you might find useful if you’re looking for a travel card:
- Monzo vs Revolut: where to go? [Full Comparison]
- Smart vs Revolutionary: Which is Better? [Detailed and neutral]
Buy a quality backpack or suitcase
Before you leave for your trip, it’s a good idea to research different backpacks and suitcases that will work for you in the environment you’re visiting.
However, if you’re going somewhere that’s more tourist-friendly, you probably don’t want something as tough and durable. You need a backpack that can withstand this weather.
In general, high-end backpacks are a bit more expensive, but last longer! Currently, my top recommendation is the Tropicfeel shell backpack.
As an added tip, ask for a backpack as a Christmas/birthday gift. We had bought our first backpack as a Christmas gift before we left for South America.
Allow at least 1.5 hours between connecting flights
Bradley and I have taken many connecting flights over the years and found a great balance in connection time.
Obviously, the wait is frustrating and you don’t want it to be long, but you don’t want it to be short either, which means there’s no room for error.
We had a frequent flight connection time of 45 minutes, our first flight was 15 minutes late, but we had to go through security, run to another boarding gate or catch the next flight, and it didn’t matter. Enough time!
We found that the 1.5 hour connection time worked well. You’ll have time to go to the bathroom and have a cup of coffee before your next flight.
Use Skyscanner before booking any flight
We don’t book any flights without using Skyscanner.
Skyscanner is a flight comparison site that shows the best combinations of flights in terms of time and price.
Since you will never find cheap direct flights (without your points), Skyconner is the best way to find the best deals on flights around the world.
Also if you want to buy a cheap flight, you can set the price!
Book tickets online whenever possible
Online ticket booking is very popular in all forms of travel. We are in the digital age, without paper.
Speaking of transportation, it’s really useful.
There is less complexity and confusion when everything is online.
In addition, you can book attractions with frequent discounts, coupon codes and flash offers.
We typically use GetYourGuide & Cluke for all of our travel needs.
Compare tour sites before booking (Klook / Jig / Witter)
On the same note… there are many tour companies that offer a variety of deals and experiences, but you’d be surprised how much of a price difference some of these companies can have. We always check different websites for the same trip or experience to see which one offers the best. Sometimes it may only be a few dollars, but if a budget is tight, it adds up!