TRAVEL HACKS: HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR HOLIDAYS IN 2019
Want to travel more and travel better this year? Of course you do, which is why we’ve rounded up our top travel hacks to help you maximise your holidays in 2019. From savvy packing solutions to help you squeeze in that extra pair of sandals to in-flight recommendations for a more relaxing flying experience, we’ve got you covered across all areas to help you save space, time and money each time you jet off.
THE PLANNING STAGE
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Once your holiday is booked, don’t forget things like travel insurance and roaming charges. These may seem like an additional expense, however, without them, you could end up having to pay a lot more if an accident happens or you use your phone outside of your hotel.
Flights booked? Check. Next up, select your seats in advance based on your needs. From extra legroom seats so you can stretch out to wing seats to minimise feeling turbulence, you’ll ensure you’re sitting exactly where you want to be. If you like to be first to board the plane, choose a seat at the front and you’ll also be served your in-flight refreshments first too.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
- Suitcase overflowing? Roll your clothes instead of folding. This space saving tip will not only help you to fit more in your case, your clothes will also arrive with fewer creases. If you’re a beauty addict, save additional space and opt for travel minis or multi-use products to avoid making your case unnecessarily heavy – plus you’ll free up space for any new beauty buys in duty free. Our how to pack like a pro guide is sure to help here.
- It’s pretty common knowledge that choosing a suitcase or bag that stands out will make it all the more easier to spot among a sea of black and grey luggage, however, word has it that marking your case as ‘fragile’ will ensure it’s at the top of the pile and therefore first to appear on the conveyer belt; we’re not 100% sure how reliable this one is but it’s definitely worth giving it a go!
AT THE AIRPORT
- There’s no better feeling than a freebie, so don’t be afraid to ask at the airport for an upgrade – especially if it’s a special occasion like a birthday or honeymoon. There won’t always be upgrades available, but if you don’t ask, the answer will always be no and it may just be your lucky day.
- Hate waiting around at security? Make your own experience quicker by following the guidelines so you can speed on through security and enjoy a duty-free spree or a pre-flight drink in the bar. Research also shows that turning left at security is quicker as most people will automatically queue to the right.
- Not a fan of flying? Make yourself as comfortable as possible by packing your hand luggage with a neck pillow, eye mask, blanket or whatever other luxuries to help you relax that little bit more. If that means taking on a pack of wipes to wipe down your tray table or taking your own mug and teabag, do it, you’ll feel so much better. Need some extra inspiration? Discover 10 holiday gadgets you need to have on your next trip.
- If you’re flying long haul and need to fill in a customs or visa form, do this on the plane whilst you have access to a pen. If everyone waits until they land to do this, you’ll be waiting longer as everyone rushes to find a pen and there are rarely enough available; you’ll also avoid the balancing act of your suitcase, carry on, phone, water and anything else you’re trying to juggle whilst filling out your form.
ONCE YOU ARRIVE
Say goodbye to the guidebook and discover where to go by doing a quick search on Instagram. Whether you want to find the hottest places to pose for a photo, or you’re looking for somewhere striking to snap your morning coffee, this will bring up plenty of fresh ideas to inspire your trip.
- Stock up on essentials like water and snacks at a local grocery shop to keep in your hotel room – this will almost always save you money on minibar fees and you can even ask the hotel to empty your minibar and then fill it back up with your own favourites.
HOT NEW DESTINATIONS IN 2019...
It’s no wonder holidays to Malta are becoming more and more popular each year. Sitting in the Mediterranean, the independent island is brimming with beautiful beaches, world heritage sites and more. Sliema in particular has a cosmopolitan feel with its pretty promenade and a wide array of stylish restaurants and bars dotted all around. It also just happens to be a stone’s throw away from the capital of Valetta making it a great base for you to holiday and explore more of the island. If Malta is calling your name, here are the top 8 things to do in Malta.
Warsaw is so last year. If you’re thinking of visiting Poland, Krakow is the place to be. It’s the cultural capital and a fun option for a city break. Blending old and new, there is something for everyone to experience and plenty of Instagram-worthy spots to snap from captivating castles and grand galleries to colourful streets like Floriańska. Krakow is becoming increasingly popular with younger tourists looking for an off-the-radar city break with plenty to offer so it’s definitely worth considering if you’ve already ticked off places like Amsterdam and Budapest.
Boasting an impressive 66-mile stretch along the glistening shores of the Arabian Sea, Goa is a must-visit for beach lovers. Think postcard-perfect white sands, palm-fringed coastlines and enviable blue waters you can’t wait to dive into. Visit during India’s late summer months of November to February and get set for laid-back days soaking up the sun, followed by lively nights experiencing the regions vibrant nightlife. Sound good? You can find out more over in our handy guide of the best things to do in Goa.