10 Travel Hacks That Make You A Better Traveler4 min read
While traveling, there are certain methods or travel hacks that help you be more efficient in multiple aspects of travel. When and how to make purchases for your trip, how to avoid starving in an unknown place, proper and systematic packing and planning, all these tricks come in handy when you are on the road. Below are the 10 travel hacks that are beneficial for all travelers
1. Roll all your clothes instead of folding them
Organising the backpack or suitcase before d eparture seems quite easy, but once the journey begins, it becomes tedious to rearrange the clothes into the same amount of space that you did back home. Did the backpack shrink? Obviously, NO. While traveling one doesn’t fold the clothes as neatly as when they are home. So, it is better to roll the clothes (t-shirts, jeans, socks, innerwear, and pajamas, all of it) for the best use of space. As the clothes are rolled-up, they can easily be taken out and put back without any haste. It is the most common and sensible of all travel hacks.
2. Invest in a good Portable Charging Hub
Being almost entirely dependent on technology, this one of the most important travel hacks for a traveller. A device that can charge your electronics without the need of a power source is very useful and at times, can even be lifesaving. Just charge the portable hub (preferably with more than 2 USB ports and a 20,000 Milliamp hours capacity) to 100% before setting out and you can use your electronic without the fear of a drained battery.
3. Carry an empty water bottle or hydration pack
Carrying any liquid bottles is almost impossible in major airports across the world as the rules have recently been made even more stringent than before. So, you find yourself paying ridiculously for a bottle of water or have to drink at public water taps, which as you know, isn’t very hygienic. An alternative to these rather fatuous options is to carry an empty bottle or a hydration pack and fill them up once you’ve cleared the security check.
4. Utilize pen springs to save your cables
Permanent bending or breaking of earphone cords or USB/Chargers cables can be very frustrating and can completely change one’s mood. A day without the cell phone? That’s preposterous! In the current world, people prioritize technology and internet over everything. The springs inside your run-of-the-mill pen can save your cables and keep the mood happy.
5. Carry a power strip/spike buster and be a savior
A power strip/spike buster is an appliance that allows you to charge multiple devices (anything from mobiles and laptops to keyboards) with surge protection. It protects your devices from getting fried if the current suddenly increases as it blows the fuse of the power strip. Also, this can be a good way to bond with fellow travelers and passengers. Everyone appreciates a person with a power strip.
6. On the last day of your trip, donate all your loose change to the homeless and needful
It doesn’t take much to bring a smile to the face of a sad person. You will see, that smile lighten up your world and give you a euphoric sense of accomplishment. Just donate the loose change you have left to the needy and end your journey on a happy note. This is one of those travel hacks that give purpose to your journey.
7. Browse on the ‘Incognito Window’ for cheaper flight prices
The official sites of airline and the travel sites install cookies on the browser and record the page visits. The next time a person revisits the site, the prices shown are higher than before as it recognizes that the user has searched similar flights before. The websites cannot install cookies and the flight rates don’t get hyped if a person browses on a private window.
Free Wi-Fi is your right and you must have it
Cannot find an open free Wi-Fi connection nearby? Just head over to the premium lounges at airports or fancy restaurants in town. Many kind and generous people happily share the Wi-Fi passwords of the protected network online on FourSquare. Now, anyone can connect to a strong Wi-Fi connection and “Netflix and Chill” without any worries! It is one of the most useful travel hacks.
9. Save a map using Google Maps’ Offline feature
An internet connection or Wi-Fi to locate your destination isn’t available at all the places one visits. In such situations, downloading/ saving the map of the desired place on Google Maps can be very helpful. Navigation becomes simple and one can avoid the confusing conversation about directions with the locals unless they cherish those and like to make some friends.
Also Read: An Insight into Wellness Traveling
10. Install apps that let you connect to the world for free
This goes without saying, the apps that can be used make free audio and video calls across the globe or send instant messages free of charge must be installed on your mobile phone. Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, Google Duo are some of the best apps to have for these purposes.
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