Stress-free travel Eight handy hacks for a happy hol­i­day

Travel smoothly ev­ery time with these tips

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - June Contents -

RE-PACK YOUR SUIT­CASE

Drag­ging a big suit­case can be a night­mare – think nav­i­gat­ing air­ports and ho­tels with­out el­e­va­tors with that be­he­moth. There’s a bet­ter way. Pull out your case and pack ev­ery­thing you think you need for your up­com­ing trip. Now, take a look at ev­ery­thing in there and re­ally ques­tion if you need that ex­tra pair of jeans or se­cond dress shirt.

CHOOSE YOUR PLANE SEAT

Head­ing on a long-haul flight? Do not, un­der any cir­cum­stances, leave your seat se­lec­tion un­til the air­port check-in – you may end up in the mid­dle of the mid­dle row. Some air­lines charge for book­ing seats un­til on­line check-in be­comes avail­able 24 to 48 hours prior to fly­ing. If you don’t want to pay, set an alarm to lo­gin at the time you can check-in.

GET TRAVEL IN­SUR­ANCE

Don’t risk it, if head­ing over­seas or cruis­ing, travel in­sur­ance is a must. Trav­ellers with­out travel in­sur­ance are per­son­ally li­able for cov­er­ing any med­i­cal and as­so­ci­ated costs. Don’t think that a bro­ken an­kle or gas­tro will hap­pen to you? You never know. And while you’re at it, jump on Smart Trav­eller (smar­trav­eller.gov. au) and check the travel ad­vice for the coun­try you are visit­ing.

AL­WAYS BE COUR­TE­OUS TO FLIGHT CREW AND, IN RE­TURN, YOU WILL GET BET­TER SER­VICE EV­ERY TIME

WORK OUT YOUR ROUTE ON GROUND

Won­der­ing whether to catch the train, bus or hire a car to get from A to B – which is quicker and which is cheaper? Download the Rome2rio app where you can com­pare var­i­ous modes of trans­porta­tion, as well as their prices. It also gives you es­ti­mated travel times. Rome2rio dis­plays flight, train, bus, ferry and driv­ing op­tions. rome2rio.com.

USE A TRAVEL AGENT

A trusted travel agent will be there ev­ery step of your jour­ney, you just need to stip­u­late ex­actly what you want from your hol­i­day and let them help make the per­fect per­son­alised itin­er­ary. The ad­van­tages? They can often get bet­ter deals and perks, such as free break­fast and room up­grades, and should any­thing go wrong when you’re away, they are your point of con­tact.

CUT PHONE COSTS

Af­ter you come home from a hol­i­day, you don’t want to be stuck with a huge phone bill. Set up a travel pack with your phone com­pany, where you pay $5 to $10 per day to ac­cess data and make calls. Check no­ti­fi­ca­tions and turn off any­thing that is not needed. Make sure you have maps and ser­vices like What­sapp and Mes­sen­ger for when wifi is avail­able.

DON’T OVER-SCHED­ULE

Head­ing to a coun­try for the first time and want to see all the sights? Maybe it’s the US and you’ve sched­uled two days in Los An­ge­les, one night in Las Ve­gas and two days in San Fran­cisco? Big mis­take! Re­mem­ber to fac­tor in all the travelling time in-be­tween, whether it’s by car, train or plane. It’s al­ways bet­ter to spend longer in a city so you can re­ally ex­plore, in­stead of tick­ing off sites. Be flex­i­ble. If you sched­ule in too much you will just be ex­hausted and won’t have a good time.

track your spend­ing

You want to make ev­ery cent count on your hol­i­day. An easy way to keep tabs is to download an app called Trail Wal­let. All you need to do is set your­self a daily bud­get and, ev­ery time you make a pur­chase, simply in­put your spend. The app can con­vert currency for you so you can do it all in Aus­tralian dol­lars. voy­age­trav­e­lapps.com/ trail-wal­let.

ARE YOU AN AISLE OR WIN­DOW SEAT PER­SON? IT’S IM­POR­TANT TO CHOOSE AHEAD BE SURE TO READ THE FINE PRINT CARE­FULLY BE­FORE CHOOS­ING YOUR TRAVEL IN­SUR­ANCE POL­ICY

SAVE TIME BY PLAN­NING YOUR ROUTE

DON’T TRY TO TICK OFF THE BUCKET LIST ALL AT ONCE

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