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20 Travel Hacks to Save Time and Money on Your Next Trip

posted in Travel
02/25/2014
  • The following travel hacks are tried-and-true favorites of mine. They’ve made my travels easier and virtually painless, especially when traveling with kids.
    The following travel hacks are tried-and-true favorites of mine. They’ve made my travels easier and virtually painless, especially when traveling with kids.
  • Sign Up for, Collect, and Use Travel Reward
See if your current credit cards with ones that do and start to collection miles on all of your purchases. The Gold American Express is a good choice, as each point you collect on the card can be swapped point for point with your favourite airline company,
    Sign Up for, Collect, and Use Travel Reward
    See if your current credit cards with ones that do and start to collection miles on all of your purchases. The Gold American Express is a good choice, as each point you collect on the card can be swapped point for point with your favourite airline company,
  • Don’t Book Flights on the Weekend

In fact, fares usually go up on Friday and drop by Monday or Tuesday. I've studied this very subject every day for the past 6 months to try and figure out when the cheapest day to book Wednesday and Thursday seem to be the cheapest days to score the lowest airfare.
    Don’t Book Flights on the Weekend

    In fact, fares usually go up on Friday and drop by Monday or Tuesday. I've studied this very subject every day for the past 6 months to try and figure out when the cheapest day to book Wednesday and Thursday seem to be the cheapest days to score the lowest airfare.
  • Before You Book Your Flight, Clear Your Cache

Have you ever checked rates non-stop and wondered why they seem to be rising by the minute? It could have something to do with your cache and cookies. Clear your history, cookies and cache, then try again. This works more times than not.
    Before You Book Your Flight, Clear Your Cache

    Have you ever checked rates non-stop and wondered why they seem to be rising by the minute? It could have something to do with your cache and cookies. Clear your history, cookies and cache, then try again. This works more times than not.
  • Sometimes Booking Direct Is Best

Websites like Expedia and Travelocity are great for helping you plan your vacation, but there are times when flights are cheaper directly through the original source. I priced out a Delta flight through Expedia several months ago and saved $150 by booking directly.
    Sometimes Booking Direct Is Best

    Websites like Expedia and Travelocity are great for helping you plan your vacation, but there are times when flights are cheaper directly through the original source. I priced out a Delta flight through Expedia several months ago and saved $150 by booking directly.
  • Reusable Water Bottles

When we travel as a family, I'm always sure to pack a couple of empty, reusable water bottles. Kids can get thirsty, and sometimes the snack and beverage service isn't as often as my children would like. When the flight attendants do come around, ask them to fill your bottle
    Reusable Water Bottles

    When we travel as a family, I'm always sure to pack a couple of empty, reusable water bottles. Kids can get thirsty, and sometimes the snack and beverage service isn't as often as my children would like. When the flight attendants do come around, ask them to fill your bottle
  • Scan Your Identification

Scan your passport, driver's license, and personal identification before leaving on a trip, and email the information to yourself. This way, you'll always have it on hand — worst case scenario.
    Scan Your Identification

    Scan your passport, driver's license, and personal identification before leaving on a trip, and email the information to yourself. This way, you'll always have it on hand — worst case scenario.
  • Pack Smart

Checking your luggage is pricey, It is possible to go on a week's vacation with one carry-on.Roll your clothes to save room, or use packing cubes or Ziploc bags to cut down on space. Stuff your underwear and socks in your shoes to save even more space!
    Pack Smart

    Checking your luggage is pricey, It is possible to go on a week's vacation with one carry-on.Roll your clothes to save room, or use packing cubes or Ziploc bags to cut down on space. Stuff your underwear and socks in your shoes to save even more space!
  • Stay Fresh

Before you load up your luggage, put a dryer sheet on the bottom. It will keep your clothes smelling freshly laundered.
    Stay Fresh

    Before you load up your luggage, put a dryer sheet on the bottom. It will keep your clothes smelling freshly laundered.
  • Packing Jewelry

If you are planning on packing necklaces, run them through a plastic straw and pack them this way. It will prevent those horrid tangles that are almost impossible to unravel.
Small earrings, lockets, rings and other trinkets can be packed in pill boxes for small effective storage.
    Packing Jewelry

    If you are planning on packing necklaces, run them through a plastic straw and pack them this way. It will prevent those horrid tangles that are almost impossible to unravel.
    Small earrings, lockets, rings and other trinkets can be packed in pill boxes for small effective storage.
  • Pack a Pen

If you're flying to a different country, you'll need to be prepared to fill out declaration and custom forms that must be completed before you land. Make sure you have a pen in your purse before you fly, as the flight attendants don't always have one for you to borrow.
    Pack a Pen

    If you're flying to a different country, you'll need to be prepared to fill out declaration and custom forms that must be completed before you land. Make sure you have a pen in your purse before you fly, as the flight attendants don't always have one for you to borrow.
  • Tea Time!

Speaking of drinks, I like to keep a small sandwich bag in my purse with 4-6 bags of some of my favorite tea blends. There is nothing like drinking your preferred cup of tea on a flight.
    Tea Time!

    Speaking of drinks, I like to keep a small sandwich bag in my purse with 4-6 bags of some of my favorite tea blends. There is nothing like drinking your preferred cup of tea on a flight.
  • Stay Organized with Apps

I've put two posts together on the best travel apps, so go check those out and download the ones that you think would work best for your traveling lifestyle. I use TripCase to keep all of my flight details and travel documents organized and in order.
    Stay Organized with Apps

    I've put two posts together on the best travel apps, so go check those out and download the ones that you think would work best for your traveling lifestyle. I use TripCase to keep all of my flight details and travel documents organized and in order.
  • Rent a House

Hotels can be pricey for weekly stays, which is why I'm so fond of home renting. Airbnb, Global Resort Homes, Homeaway, and VRBO are just four companies that rent out gorgeous homes for less than a hotel stay. Some of these homes have private pools, 8-10 bedrooms and luxurious details
    Rent a House

    Hotels can be pricey for weekly stays, which is why I'm so fond of home renting. Airbnb, Global Resort Homes, Homeaway, and VRBO are just four companies that rent out gorgeous homes for less than a hotel stay. Some of these homes have private pools, 8-10 bedrooms and luxurious details
  • The Case of the Missing Charger

Call the front desk of your hotel and ask if they have a charger that you can borrow for the length of your stay. I've lost a couple of chargers during my travels and, luckily, they've always had one ready and available for me to borrow.
    The Case of the Missing Charger

    Call the front desk of your hotel and ask if they have a charger that you can borrow for the length of your stay. I've lost a couple of chargers during my travels and, luckily, they've always had one ready and available for me to borrow.
  • How to Get Free Rental Car Insurance

Before you opt for the ridiculously priced car insurance that rental companies offer, call your credit card company and see if car rental insurance is included. In my case, 3 of my credit card companies offer this little perk which has saved me at least $200
    How to Get Free Rental Car Insurance

    Before you opt for the ridiculously priced car insurance that rental companies offer, call your credit card company and see if car rental insurance is included. In my case, 3 of my credit card companies offer this little perk which has saved me at least $200
  • How to Score the Best Seats on the Plane

Type in your airline, flight number and date of departure to locate your plane information and pick the best seat with SeatGuru's seat maps. You'll find ratings, seat advice, flight information and details on which seats have power jacks, personal television
    How to Score the Best Seats on the Plane

    Type in your airline, flight number and date of departure to locate your plane information and pick the best seat with SeatGuru's seat maps. You'll find ratings, seat advice, flight information and details on which seats have power jacks, personal television
  • Prevent Spills

There is nothing worse than opening up your checked baggage to find that your liquids have leaked all over your clothing. It happened to me once and I swore it wouldn't happen again. Thanks to this tip, it hasn't! Open the lids of your liquids and place a piece of plastic wrap over
    Prevent Spills

    There is nothing worse than opening up your checked baggage to find that your liquids have leaked all over your clothing. It happened to me once and I swore it wouldn't happen again. Thanks to this tip, it hasn't! Open the lids of your liquids and place a piece of plastic wrap over
  • Pack a Power Strip

It can be hard to locate a power jack in an airport to charge one device, what to speak of two or three. A small power strip like this one from Belkin is perfect for travel and works well when you're trying to charge all of your devices, whether it be at the airport or hotel
    Pack a Power Strip

    It can be hard to locate a power jack in an airport to charge one device, what to speak of two or three. A small power strip like this one from Belkin is perfect for travel and works well when you're trying to charge all of your devices, whether it be at the airport or hotel
  • TSA Luggage Locks

When locking your checked bags, it's always recommended that you use a lock. If you use a regular lock, you are at risk of having that lock cut off during the security screening process and you won't be reimbursed.
    TSA Luggage Locks

    When locking your checked bags, it's always recommended that you use a lock. If you use a regular lock, you are at risk of having that lock cut off during the security screening process and you won't be reimbursed.
  • Stay Safe

The locks used on hotel doors are not the safest and most can be hacked open, which is why a portable door lock is an imporant thing to bring with you, as it ensures your safety and keeps your door locked from the inside out. Housekeeping and unruly guests won't be able to enter the room,
    Stay Safe

    The locks used on hotel doors are not the safest and most can be hacked open, which is why a portable door lock is an imporant thing to bring with you, as it ensures your safety and keeps your door locked from the inside out. Housekeeping and unruly guests won't be able to enter the room,
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