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Planning for your next getaway? Our travel hacks below could save you more time (and money) so you can get cracking on the planning of your trip stress-free!

 

Turn on private browsing or clear your history and cookies

If you have never heard of this tactic you may have been living under a rock, but it’s ok, now you know!

When you perform a search on “low-cost flights”, airline and travel websites drop cookies to record your visits by installing them on your browser, so no matter how many times you have refreshed the page hoping flight prices will change, you will only see the price go up – simply because you have searched these flights before.

 

Savvy Tip – To get around this, clear your cookies, search history and empty the caches and start with a “clean search” or you can use the privacy feature – Incognito Window, which is also known as “private browsing” to avoid your searches being recorded by these sites, so you can do as much research as you like to find affordable flights.

 

Mix and match

The cost of buying one-way flights separately can sometimes be more affordable than purchasing a round-trip flight, as another airline may offer a more competitive price on your return leg which just so happens to have the better flight time that aligns with your travel schedule.

 

Savvy Tip – Make sure you check the prices of both return trips and one-way trips to determine which arrangement best suits you. Don’t forget to sign up for airline “price alerts” and “flash sale emails” for the destinations you like to visit – this is where you can get the most affordable price for flights!

 

Save space and get rolling

Need room for all the guilty purchases and the overly large souvenirs and don’t want to purchase extra luggage?

 

Savvy Tip – Try rolling up your clothes and stuff socks and small pieces of accessories in your shoes, you can even use air-compression plastic bags to squeeze the air out of them to maximise space!

 

Snag a room upgrade

Why not try booking a room at a newly-opened hotel, since this can sometimes lead to lower rates. This is because typically at these times, the hotel will be looking to increase business so they may have promo rates on offer.

 

Savvy Tip – Checking in towards the end of the day might be your answer to score an upgrade to your accommodation. Since hotels have a better sense of occupancy by that point, they are more likely to offer upgrades that are still available. On top of that, it never hurts to mention that you’re there celebrating a special occasion, a birthday or an anniversary.

 

Use the right plastic

You don’t want to get hit with all the international currency fees and charges while you are happily tapping away buying souvenirs overseas. So, make sure you have the right travel credit card that doesn’t charge international transaction fees on purchases and may offer you additional benefits such as reward points on your purchases or complimentary insurance covers.

 

Savvy Tip – Before you book anything online with your credit card, check which method of payment charges the least amount of fees – often this will be POLi or PayPal.

Head to our free credit card comparison service to find travel credit card that suits your needs while you travel or check out our article about travel cards.

 

Free travel apps that will save you time

Google Maps – Internet connections aren’t always available when you’re travelling. This app can be used offline, so take advantage of this functionality and save the locations you want to visit beforehand – it works like a charm

 

WiFi Map – This app highlights hotspots around your current location and provides you with the password to use them. Be careful what data you access when you’re connected to public WiFi, so you should choose wisely not only when it comes to your hotspot but what you do with it.

 

XE Currency – This app offers live exchange rates for currencies around the world, with rates refreshed every minute. It can help you make quick conversions when you’re out shopping and can monitor up to 10 of your favourite currencies.

 

PackPoint – For the lazy body, input your destination and travel dates, and the app will create a weather-specific packing list, it will also ask what you plan on doing while you’re there, and make suggestions based on your answers.

 

Happy Travels!