Travel Hacks

Jeremy Bhimji
Author, Speaker, Trainer, Coach
Travel

Jul 13,2017

Pretty much everybody who knows me is aware of the fact I love to travel. I often have brought it up in my articles online, will mention it in person, and just generally love to share travel stories with other people I encounter. Recently I was having a conversation with a friend who was traveling overseas for the first time and he gave me the motivation for this article.

This article is going to be about travel hacks that most people might not know. I’m not talking about ones as simple as rolling your clothes instead of folding them to save space or anything that basic. I’m going to talk about ones that have allowed me to travel the world for not as much money as you think.

1. Be secretive about looking for flights and hotels – This is a little-known fact, but when you are shopping for flights and hotels you should always be using the private browser on your computer. Websites track that you have been there before, what things you have looked at, and will sometimes raise prices on you because of it. Also, you could always use two devices to get around that as well.

2. Protect your wires – Both headphones and chargers can be nightmares to untangle after you have been traveling for a while. Use an old sunglass case for easy storage. If you want to go above and beyond, wrap the very end of your charger with black electrical tape and then put a pen spring around it. It will be extra durable for the duration of your trip.

3. Have a lot of Pockets – There is nothing more annoying than having to dig through your bag either at the airport, on the plane, or when traveling around to get things you need. When traveling, pockets are your friends. I try to utilize my front pockets, back pockets, my shirt pocket, and if I am wearing a hoodie, those pockets as well. It makes it to where I never have to carry a bag anywhere.

4. Don’t get killed on currency exchange – If you are traveling overseas, using the places in the airport and train stations are often ridiculously overpriced. Go to your home bank before you leave for your trip and exchange your money. You can also just use credit cards for the trip, but make sure that they aren’t going to charge you a ridiculous transfer fee on every transaction. If you go the cash route, and end up running out of money, use local ATMs to get local currency with your plastic.

These are just a few that I am often bringing up with friends who are first time travelers. I hope you got at least one nugget out of these! Now go online and start planning a trip somewhere, but make sure your browser is private! =) 

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