problem with relying on sat navs or your phone when overseas is the former will send you on a blind backstreet journey and the latter either won’t get a signal, or will cost you hundreds of dollars in charges just to locate the nearest Zara. Instead, download maps, print them out, or invest in an actual road map.
Photographer Oli Sansom recommends downloading Google Maps to use offline. Visit London has an array of free maps to download at visitlondon.com and Map of Paris offline app works without Wi-Fi.
Booking flights through third-party sites might get you a good deal, but not if you miss the plane because the time changed and nobody told you. Make sure you double-check flights on the airline’s own site.
“We got a great deal,” says food writer Frances Rivetti, “The only problem was when we got to the airport the flight had been cancelled and our booking site hadn’t told us.”
And while you are browsing for flights, put your search engine into incognito mode, or you might find that the prices increase the more you refresh. Use private browsing and clear cookies.
If you are going on a cruise, lock in your excursions and special meals as soon as you book, advises senior vice-president of Princess Cruises Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison. If you leave it until you board, you might miss out.
You can also try a cruise aggregator like CruiseBe.com which will download your ship’s schedule and plan itineraries for port visits.
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