Travel Hacks, Tips, & Tricks

My 10+ Best Travel Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Whether you’re a digital nomad or a travel-hacking mom, these travel tips, tricks, and hacks are guaranteed to save you time, money, and stress! Be sure to let me know what your favorite travel tip or travel hack is in the comment section below.

1. Buy Airline Miles & Hotel Reward Points

Buying airline miles or hotel reward points is frequently cheaper than paying for flights or rooms directly. Plus, if you already have miles or points saved up but not enough for what you need, you can top them off to get you where you need to be.

Be careful! Selling miles and points is a known scam so be sure you only buy from the airline or hotel directly or work with trusted companies and websites.

Here’s a list of third-party companies that I trust:


2. Set Up Price Alerts

3. Sign Up For Deals

4. Give Small Gifts

When boarding a plane or train, or checking in at a hotel I like to give a small gift like some chocolate or a gift card. I always get treated better and often get free upgrades. In Vegas, this is usually called the $20 trick as many people will give the front desk $20 when they check in. But please don’t expect anything in return as often there are no upgrades available.

5. Bring Extra Zip Lock Bags

6. Travel Insurance

7. Don’t Pay Late Cancellation Fees

If you need to cancel a flight or hotel at the last minute, you’ll likely have to pay a cancelation fee. Instead, simply ask to change the date to a time in the future past and then cancel it as it won’t be considered last minute anymore.

8. VPN

A VPN isn’t just good for privacy, which is very important while traveling, but it also allows you to stream video and music that you normally wouldn’t be able to see in another country. It can also make it seem like you’re still in your home country if you happen to be on vacation while still technically working.

9. Automatic Flight Delay and Cancellation Payments

AirHelp is the number one company for getting paid when there’s a flight delay or cancellation. They handle all of the paperwork and negotiations with the airlines in exchange for a small cut when you get paid. In addition to their one-time services, you can sign up for their monthly plan and they’ll handle everything automatically for you.

10. Use Credit Cards

When you use credit cards you not only can you receive points that you can redeem for free flights and hotels but you can also get added benefits like travel insurance and concierge services.

Alex Knoch

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