5 Travel Hacks That Will Make Your Next Trip More Enjoyable
There are many things that you can’t control when traveling. You have no say over whether your flight leaves on time or if your chosen destination is as beautiful as described. However, you can control your hotel check in time, the car that you rent, and even the place in the airport where you can relax before your flight time. Consider these five travel hacks to be useful tips that make the controllable parts of traveling that much better.
1) Utilize Early Check In and Late Checkout Options
Did you know that you don’t have to strictly adhere to the check in and checkout times listed on your hotel’s website? If you use a hotel-branded credit card to make your reservation, or are a member of that hotel’s loyalty program, they might waive these requirements for you. Of course, you can always request an early check in or late checkout when booking your room, but there might be a fee involved. However, it’s good to know that you have these options and aren’t stuck with following a strict schedule. All that you need to do is ask; you’ll find that most hotels are quite accommodating.
2) Save Some Cash When Renting a Car
Car rentals don’t need to be expensive. As long as you avoid the upgrade offers (those always cost extra) and watch for hidden fees, you’ll be in great shape. One of these hidden fees appears in the form of gasoline refill charges, so always make sure that the gauge in the car matches the one on your paperwork – and add some gas to the tank when returning the vehicle. You also should go over the rental paperwork with a proverbial fine-toothed comb, looking for things like late return surcharges and insurance costs. On top of this, never rent your car at the airport. Always book it in advance and from a branch outside of the airport. This is the best way to avoid airport surcharge fees.
3) Enjoy Airport Lounges without Having to Purchase Expensive Memberships
Airport lounges aren’t just for the rich and famous or very frequent flyers. Yes, there are lounges owned by airlines in most domestic airports, and they do indeed allow elite flyers of all stripes into them for free, as long as they have a first class or business class ticket for a soon-to-take-off flight. However, regular flyers can buy a day pass to one of these lounges. There are also airport owned lounges that anyone can use, again, for a fee. Lastly, there’s a useful app called LoungeBuddy that helps connect you to these lounges. Once you use the app to search for your airport and choose your lounge, you then purchase access to that lounge. Show your app purchase ticket to the people staffing the doors to the lounge and you’re good to go.
4) Have Your Boarding Pass Ready with AirlineCheckins.com
AirlineCheckins.com is a very useful website that actually checks you into your flight before you even arrive at the airport. All that you need to do is register for their service and use your unique AirlineCheckins.com email address when you book your flight. Then, as soon as the airline opens up online check ins for your particular flight, the website checks you in and send you an email containing your boarding pass. In order for this to work properly, your airline has to allow for online check ins and use the service, but hundreds of carriers currently do both of these things.
5) Choose Unique Luggage In Order to Find Your Bags at the Luggage Carousel
So much of traveling involves waiting. You have to wait to get off the plane, wait for the baggage employees to remove the luggage from the cargo hold, and then wait even more for your navy blue suitcase that looks like all of the other navy blue suitcases going around on the luggage carousel. This is where a little creativity can save you time. Why stick with a traditional suitcase color when they’re available in so many striking shades? Pick a pink one, or a purple one, or even the most colorful one that you can find. It’ll make finding your suitcase that much easier.