15 Travel Hacks and Tips for 2021

15 Travel Hacks and Tips for 2021

1. Use Skyscanner for flights Travel Hacks.

It’s actually one of the cheapest ways to Travel Hacks   by air when you are flexible. Utilize Skyscanner’s search wherever-and-whenever feature to find cheap flights.

2. Don’t pay for water at the airport.

Bottled water is expensive in the passenger secure area of the airport. Bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it at the water fountain or politely ask a restaurant. You’ll also help reduce plastic waste.

3. Stay in hostels instead of hotels.

Have you seen the prices of hotels in Scandinavia or Switzerland? Shared accommodation in ostels is the way to go. Plus, you’ll make new friends — guaranteed.

4. Volunteer at hostels in return for free accommodation and food.

It’s better to volunteer in countries with a high cost of living because  Travel Hacks   accommodation and food will be expensive. Your ROI will be more.

5. Take buses instead of flights to international or cross-country destinations.

Buses are usually cheaper but sometimes it makes more sense to travel on a budget airline.

6. Cook your own meals.

It’s the cheapest way to eat most of the time. So, stay in a place that includes a kitchen with a nearby supermarket.

7. Choose accommodations that include breakfast.

Sometimes the only important difference between two places is the included breakfast.

8. Use Uber instead of a taxi.

Using local public transportation may not always make sense. Taxis are known to rip off travelers especially when there is a language barrier. Uber is cheaper and provides an upfront price.

9. Walk — a lot.

Walking instead of taking the local bus or a taxi will save you quite a bit of money over months of travel. Though it’s not recommended at night, I used to walk several kilometers home from the bar.

10. Hitchike.

If you can’t walk, hitchhiking is a free option and common in countries such as New Zealand or Iceland. A bicycle is also an option.

11. Travel in less-expensive countries.

This is no big secret. You can easily double or triple the length  Travel Hacks  of your trip with the same budget if you choose your destinations wisely (eg, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia).

Cost of Living Comparison

12. Wash your own clothes.

It sucks to spend money on laundry. And it can be expensive. Just wash your clothes in the hostel washroom or shower with travel detergent. If you’re in a tropical climate, then you can easily dry your clothes outside on the terrace or rooftop. If you’re somewhere cold, it’ll be hard and you may have to dry the clothes inside beside a heater.

13. Use a tent and camp.

Some hostels allow people to camp on the lawn and pay a reduced price. It’s not always advertised so it’s better to email hostels in advance. Plus, you’ll always have a tent ready for the backcountry trek.

I met a British kid back in 2014 who just graduated from  Travel Hacks  university. He traveled to California, bought a bicycle, and rode it through Central America all the way to Panama. He had a tent with him, so he would ask locals along his route if he could camp out on their lawn — it worked sometimes. He did the same for hostels. I’m sure he took the bus maybe a few times, but I remember his tent in a hostel backyard in Panama City. He then had to disassemble his bike, put it in a box, and flew with it to Colombia due to no land border crossing. That was the last I heard of him.

14. Avoid dynamic pricing by using private browsing.

Airlines can use your browser’s cookies to determine the likelihood of you purchasing their flight. This is dynamic pricing and if you are likely to purchase, then they are  Travel Hacks likely to increase the fare. You can use Google Chrome’s incognito mode to avoid this or clear the airline’s cookies. This practice is hard to prove or is denied by the airline industry. I’m just putting it out there.

15. Be flexible and get free flights.

Sometimes airlines overbook flights and require volunteers to take the next available flight. As compensation of volunteering, airlines provide a travel voucher for future travel. If the next available flight is the next day, then chances are they’ll put you in  Travel Hacks a hotel for the night where you can get some R and R. Many governments also impose rules and compensation for passengers due to overbooked flights.

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