Who knew the internet could be so wise?
What’s better: one expert, or the collective wisdom of the internet? Answer: both are good. We recently ran a contest on Instagram (yet another reason to follow, aside from the pretty pictures) where someone could win an Away Carry On of their choice. Away makes amazing stuff, we swear by it and it felt like fun. All we asked in exchange for an entry?
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A travel tip, even useless ones. And yes, we got lots of those too. While many people chose to phone it in with lazy advice, some travellers offered some brilliant gems, and now, thanks to the collective wisdom of the internet, we share clever ways to improve your travels…
Hot tip from: eaudesebba
For those without a dryer, these sheets help to make your washing smell nice and keep it from getting all static(y). Key points: they smell nice and they keep things fresh. This was a gem of a tip to keep your worn clothes from making your unworn clothes smell as if they have been.
Leave One Day Open For Spontaneity
Hot tip from: ny_gypsy
Love this tip. People get so bogged down in planning every moment that they end up needing a vacation from their vacation. Travel should always involve time for relaxation and a steady dose of unexpected pleasure. Leaving a day, or at least a half day open to catch up with old friends, make new ones or do something spontaneous is brilliant advice.
Always Price Out Nearby Cities
Hot tip from: cameronstewart_uk
This is one of the best money saving travel tips of all time. Sometimes taking a train, bus or cheap flight to a semi nearby city – think London to Paris, Boston to New York – style distances can end up saving hundreds, or thousands. For example, business class may literally be cheaper from a nearby city than economy is from your present city. Here’s a deep dive into that.
Be Good Friends With A Travel Expert
Hot tip from: jessicagreen100
This is great advice. Being nice to great bloggers and following their work means you are always a tweet, Instagram message or email away from the help you need to help turn your travel dreams into a reality. Our favourite follows? One Mile At A Time, View From The Wing, Thrifty Traveler, Head for Points, Nomadic Matt and Condé Nast Traveler.
Hot tip from: mbenton1319
Doing laundry while traveling is so satisfying. It’s even more satisfying when you can’t, and get a bill from your hotel and you realise what a rip off it can be. Many Airbnb’s offer a washer and dryer, which makes it easy to catch up on laundry. On a recent trip, we did hotel, Airbnb, hotel, and caught up on laundry in the middle. It was everything.
Put All Electronics In One Bag
Hot tip from: nicoletravelbug
Some countries are crazy about removing all your electronics or things with battery from your bags. If you keep all your cameras, drones, headphones and iPads in one bag, this makes the process a lot easier and keeps you from rummaging around your clothes. Good stuff.
Always Put Travel Charges On Credit Cards
Hot tip from: brettholzhauer
You’ve probably seen a few airlines go bust lately. If you booked with a credit card, you got your money back and were just left with hassle. If you booked with a debit card, you have far fewer travel protections and may be stuck without your money. If possible, get a rewards card which helps during travel delays, when bags are lost and other things to earn points and protect your investment!
Store Things In The Shoes You Pack
Hot tip from: briannaalicedelvalle
So simple, yet so clever. If you don’t have shoes that compact nicely, stuff them with things that take up space. Think: socks, t-shirts and whatever else you might be able to squeeze into a shoe sized space. Perhaps stack this with the dryer sheets tip to make sure your shoes don’t leave a lasting impression.
Hot tip from: fishingforchickens
As weird as it sounds, there’s a surreal pleasure to visiting interesting foreign markets, or grocery stores. This not only gives a better understanding of what locals tend to eat, but also helps compare the real cost of living in that area, versus wherever you’re from. Plus, if you’re in a hot place, they are usually air conditioned.
Bring A Universal Power Adaptor
Hot tip from: reedmurray
Counting on a hotel, Airbnb or cafe to have what you need just isn’t smart. Universal power adaptors are better than ever, and many now offer a standard charging port, with two USB ports on the side. Buy one, take it everywhere. Your electronics and binge watching habits will thank you. Here’s a great one.
Triple Check Your Flight Details Online
Hot tip from: thecrumster
The further out you book your flights, the better the chance the airline will adjust the schedule. Sometimes that change will be five minutes, other times it will be 12 freaking hours. If you simply go on that first confirmation print out, you may be totally out of luck when you turn up at the wrong time, airport or whatever. Triple check everything, check again and use the internet to confirm.
Take An Empty Water Bottle
Hot tip from: clt086
People pay crazy amounts of money for airport H20. There’s absolutely no need. Always take an empty bottle, or thermos with you through airport security and then fill it up in a fountain, or better yet one of the sustainable water fountains. Most airport coffee spots will gladly fill you up as well. Good for the wallet and the world.
Always Pay In Local Currency
Hot tip from: mrjdl_
This has long been one of our biggest travel tips and it’s so important. Assuming you’re smart enough to carry a travel credit or rewards card which has no foreign exchange fees, always choose the local currency over whatever your currency is at home. This process can save up to 10 cents on every buck and get you a much better price. Read up on the whole thing…
Roll Your Clothes To Save Packing Space
Hot tip from: ladyclel
It’s true, rolling your clothes really is the most space effective way to pack your clothes. Not only will you have more space, but your clothes will also look a lot less like they have been unboxed from a lego collection. The rolling is much kinder on the edges. Here’s more great packing tips.
Respect The Place You’re Going, You Are The Visitor
Hot tip from: jsailor88
This is very profound and very true travel advice. Don’t get frustrated that your cab driver in another part of the world doesn’t speak English. People are so quick to criticise new things, or things which don’t understand them but one of the greatest gifts in travel is developing understanding and learning from new cultures. Remembering that you are the visitor is everything.
Take Photos Of Your Passport And Other ID’s
Hot tip from: nic.c.l
Losing your passport abroad is terrifying. Once you’ve gotten over the shock, the process of getting an emergency document issued is made far easier if you have a copy of your current passport photo page and or any other identifying documents. Keep these stored in a safe online file, or on your phone and perhaps share a copy with family, just in case. It makes things so much easier.
Hot tip from: hollyberrybest
It goes without saying that travel can add up. Websites like Groupon offer local sites in many markets which can score 2 for 1 brunch, great sightseeing excursions and things like airport transfers. It never hurts to browse and that makes this a very savvy travel tip.
Pack A Change Of Clothes In Your Carry On
Hot tip from: richierich7319
Despite barcodes and bag tracking devices, things go missing. Packing extra clothes which will last a day or two can be massive, and alleviate lost baggage woes. Plus, travel can feel gross, so if you have a layover, a fresh outfit can make you feel all the better before arrival in your destination.
Clean Your Airport Seat And Tray Table
Hot tip from: maritaperilla
Once you learn about the studies of germs on planes, you can’t un-know that information. For those who don’t like germs – who does? – bringing an antibacterial towelette or wipe can keep you from spending the best hours of your trip under the weather. This is particularly useful if you plan to use your tray table, which is known to carry more bacteria than anywhere else.
Always Carry A Pen
Hot tip from: champagnepleasedarling
Yes, just yes. Too many countries require paper forms and no one likes the person on the plane asking to borrow a pen. Plus, you just never know when you might need one to pass a sly note, write down a great travel tip or help draw a map for someone. Get a pen, keep that pen, bring it with you.
Don’t Bathe In Public Fountains
Hot tip from: sillybillybeth
Believe it or not, this is a thing. I can’t remember off the top of my head, but either Venice or Rome recently had to up the fines to keep travellers out of their fountains. Let this serve as yet another life lesson for one too many shockingly bad humans. There are other ways to shower abroad.
Hot tip from: rogersnyc
Read as: just be kind – full stop. With that said, people are awful to cabin crew, and usually their anger is totally misplaced. The cabin crew likely did not build the plane, decide the days weather or cause the technical fault which delayed you. Be polite, look them in the eye, take your headphones off, say thanks and sometimes you’d be amazed at how far that goes. Including switching seats…
Add Something Unique To Your Luggage
Hot tip from: pants_flyer
Let’s be real, most suitcases look almost identical and when you don’t travel often, you can barely remember what yours looks like in the first place. To make this a whole lot easier, place something unique like a bright strap, trinket or sticker in a place you’ll be able to see it. With the whole “lost bag” thing, people are a big part of the problem and this definitely helps.
Ask The Concierge Where To Eat
Hot tip from: godsavethepoints
And then go anywhere else. Anthony Bourdain once said something like this, and it makes me laugh every time I see someone wander up to a concierge desk. Yes, my travel tip is ask the concierge where to eat and then cross every one of those suggestions off your list. Bartenders on the other hand, that’s a different story.
Always Earn Miles, Always
Hot tip from: matthewlumby
When people feel like they’ll never fly with an airline again they often don’t bother earning miles. That’s nuts. Even a tiny stack of miles can unlock free travel, and thanks to airline alliances, flying an airline like Vietnam Air can earn you points with an airline like Delta. Never ever fly without earning something in return.
Bring A Door Stopper For Hotel Rooms
Hot tip from: andygmayo
This is pure genius. I’ve been handed the keys to the wrong room on numerous occasions, and had people open the door to my own. A door stopper takes up hardly any space whatsoever in your case and allows you to add an extra level of security to your room. When you’re traveling in countries with an upsurge in crime, this feels really good.
Make Your Own Amenity Kit
Hot tip from: agistribird
If you’re not lucky enough to be flying up front, or even if you are, making your own amenity kit can be a great strategy. Stuff it with earplugs, face mask, bacterial wipes, skin cream or anything else which will bring joy, comfort or convenience to you during your journey.
Download Google Maps For Offline Use
Hot tip from: nathantitterton
If you’re not using Google Fi or a super flexible international phone plan, data charges can be crushing. Many travellers fail to realise that you can actually download entire city maps from Google Maps offline, so that you may use it on the go without using any data. Here’s everything you need to know about that.
Make An Effort To Learn The Language
Hot tip from: instabish
Learning just a few key phrases can endear you to locals and also get you out of tricky situations. This definitely falls into the category of “respect your destination” and doing so will always lead to more rewarding experiences. Google Translate can be a great way to help learn a few words for free.
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Oh, and the most common travel tip echoed by hundreds? Pack extra underwear in your carry on. The reasons you may need them, endless. The joy of fresh undies: priceless.