Book a hotel with a local flair! When it comes to accommodation, look for something with a local flair. Chain hotels (unless you’re on a rewards kick) are not your only option. Explore smaller boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and apartments for a more personalized experience.
Venere is a great site for finding unique accommodations both around your home and all the way to the far east!
Roll your clothes, forget folding! Not only do you get fewer wrinkles when you roll your pieces together, but they take up much less space in your suitcase. I typically roll pants together in one pile, shirts in another, dresses in another, sweaters in yet another. It works beautifully. Small items like underwear, bras and socks, I simply place in any open space.
Avoid traveling with toiletries! Traveling with shampoo, conditioner and body wash can be a huge pain. Bottles can break due to temperature changes and pressure, with the potential of wreaking havoc on the items in your suitcase. If you’re going to a hotel, chances are you’ll have access to toiletries. If you’re staying in a populated town in the developed world, chances are, if you don’t have access to toiletries in your hotel, you can obtain them easily, in travel sized portions. A bonus to ditching the toiletries is that as long as your bag is compact, you now qualify to carry your items on board since you’ve ditched the liquid. This makes getting out of the airport so much easier.
Always tag your luggage! I use a simple tag that clearly shows my name and phone number. You just never know. I’ve had to deal with numerous luggage mishaps and it is so much easier to re-connect with bags when they’re clearly labeled with specific identifying information.
Be the person who volunteers to give up your seat in exchange for travel vouchers! If possible, volunteer to give up your seat in exchange for a travel voucher. Flying for free is GREAT! I rarely pass up an opportunity to volunteer my seat. Not only do you end up with free flight vouchers, but you’re given hotel accommodations for the evening, food vouchers and other perks (including first class upgrades when available). There was a stretch of time last year, where I flew to Alaska from New York for free on vouchers, then volunteered my seat to collect more vouchers that allow me to fly to Washington state where I had the opportunity to volunteer my seat again, which allowed me to then purchased a round trip ticket to Tokyo for less than $200- all because I volunteered my seats!
Hire a car service in advance from the airport! Planning to take a taxi to your destination from the airport? It is usually cheaper to hire a car service than it is to take a taxi from the taxi queue. A little research can save you a lot of money.
Resort Hoppa is a great site for finding transportation from the airport!
Store your bags at the airport! Making use of an extended layover to explore a new city? Many of the major international airports will store your luggage for you. This service is also great if you’ve got a really long layover and a lot of bags you don’t feel like dragging around. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the hassle of baggage claim altogether, you can hire a company like Bags Vipto retrieve your luggage for you and deliver it to your hotel or place of accommodation, leaving you free to clear customs or go on your way with ease.
Never exchange money at the airport! The best way to get ripped off is by exchanging money at an airport- the rates are ridiculous! Use your card until you get where you’re going and go to a bank, or exchange some money at home before you leave.