Wanderlust… is totally hip! And whether you’re an avid traveler or a newbie, the start of a new year is the perfect time to start planning your next adventure. And it doesn’t have to be a journey. Even a weekend trip to a new place will satisfy your urge to explore! Want to save money and have more fun on your next trip?
Before you start packing, check out our top travel tips for 2022. Fly to the royal vacation The last few days before a popular vacation can be a nightmare at the airport. Think pre-Thanksgiving crowds and overbooked flights. But on the actual vacation? When is the party already? Hamm… not so much. We understand perfectly if you arrive by plane to spend a holiday with family and friends. But if you’re using a vacation as an excuse to get out of town (okay folks, so are we!)? You can save money during the holidays.
Join Points Programs Save money with one of our favorite travel tips: use points. Check with credit cards, airlines, and hotel chains to see what kind of (free!) points programs you can sign up for. As you collect points you can use them to upgrade your pitches or hotel rooms and, in some cases, even fund your entire vacation. If you are based in Greenford, then use a taxi in Stanmore for your local transport.
Think about travel insurance Life happens holiday plans change, people get sick, and work projects take over. The only thing worse than missing out on a long-awaited vacation is having to pay for it even though you’re stuck at home. Woe and double woe! Find out about the prices of travel insurance or flights with cancellation conditions. The cost could easily be worth it!
Avoid Excess Baggage Fees When you travel, you need to pack a lot less than you think. Pack carefully and lightly, leaving extra room in your suitcase. That way, if (when!) you’re shopping for souvenirs, you won’t have to shell out additional fees for an overweight suitcase. Or follow one of the travel tips below and have your belongings shipped to your hotel or Airbnb and then home.
Easier and cheaper than paying additional fees! Adjust your sleep as soon as possible. Plane delays, spins, and bags under your eyes competing with your suitcase are all hallmarks of flying to a different time zone. This is not fun! The best way to get around this is to jump straight to local time. If you flew west, stay up a little later the first night. If you are based in Greenford, then use the Greenford taxi service for your local transport.
If you’re heading east, go to bed a little earlier than usual. Choose wisely where to stay. Yes, it’s great if you can find a cheap hotel or Airbnb. But look closely at where it is located. If it’s so far away that you must take a cab every time you want to go somewhere, you may end up spending more.
Eat Like a Local When you’re out of town, skip the chain restaurants and find some family-owned restaurants that offer local fare. Not sure where to go? Check with your hotel, speak to your Airbnb owner, or use an app like Yelp to find a super authentic place. Keep it digital. Forget about mixing papers. Save everything on your phone where you can find it with just one tap.
This includes your boarding pass, hotel, and rental car reservations, luggage tags, and anything else you might want to print. Oh, and if the Wi-Fi is spotty, take screenshots of everything that matters, including the QR code on your boarding pass. Take lots of photos Your photos will be some of your best memories, take lots. Then, when you get home, use a printing service to create a photo book. Something to check out before your next vacation!
Pack the essentials in your hand luggage If you travel often enough, sooner or later it happens you arrive, but your luggage doesn’t. Keep everything you need for the first night in your carry-on, plus a spare suit (and a bathing suit if you’re going to the beach). If your luggage is delayed, you don’t have to worry. Ship Your Stuff The easiest way to avoid airport hassles is to ship your bags straight to your hotel or Airbnb with Lungless. No suitcases to carry the
through the airport and no wasted time at baggage claim.
For less than the price of an average checked bag, your travels will be much smoother. Your photos will be some of your best memories, take many with you. Then, when you get home, use a printing service to create a photo book. Something to check out before your next vacation! All right, savvy travelers.
There you have it: the tip that will make your travels smoother in 2022. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to stop daydreaming and start planning your next adventure!