Travel Bloggers Share: Our #1 Travel Hacks

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There are a lot of fantastic travel blogs created by interesting and inspiring people who share their stories, photographs and travel advice with us. Whilst they come from all different walks of life, they all have one thing in common…. they love to travel! Each month I’m getting together with some of the best travel bloggers to ask them a simple question and share their responses with you. It’s also a way for you to find a new site to explore and, hopefully, inspire you to seek out adventure too. You can read their answers to last month’s question, ‘What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?’ here. This month travel bloggers share their answers to the question:

What is your #1 travel hack?

Erin of Travel With Bender

What’s better than a cheap flight? An even cheaper flight! My favourite flight research website, Skyscanner, has the ability to send you price alerts daily. You simply enter your dates and destination and it lets you know if the price is going up or down. Wait for that moment and seize the opportunity! {Find Erin and her travel loving family on Facebook + Instagram}

Skye of The Fit Traveller

My #1 travel hack is to carry snacks. I take snacks to the airport, on the flight and even when I’m wandering around. I find if I have something healthy and satisfying with me I’ll resist the urge to grab something quick and unhealthy. I am one of those people that has to eat regularly so I get ‘hangry’. My husband is well trained in this area and often reminds me to pack a piece of fruit, some healthy granola, or some raw nuts that’s easy to carry and within reach when my energy begins flailing. {Find Skye on Facebook, Instagram + YouTube}

Nicola of Polkadot Passport

Following my number one simply little travel tip could possibly save you a WORLD of heartache, so take note…. It’s a simple one- BACK UP YOUR PHOTOS! Time after time, I hear of devastating stories of people having phones, cameras, computers and tablets broke, lost and stolen whilst they are on the road. Whilst travel insurance might save your butt when it comes to replacing those physical items, there is one thing you simply CANNOT replace- the memories stored on these devices.

Whether it’s your camera roll of selfies or holiday happy snap archive, losing something you can’t possible retrieve is beyond sucky. So, before you leave, back up all your photos on a memory device that you leave at home. Then, whilst you are on the road, try store your photos in multiple places (SD cards, USBs, across devices) or backup your photos to the cloud so they can’t possibly go missing! {Find Nicola here on Facebook + Instagram}

Michelle of Lights Camera Travel

To organise my suitcase, I have a makeup and toiletries bag ready to go that I only use to travel. Air pressure and constant motion can cause contents of tubes to burst so I use a plastic wrap between the lid and the lotion to stop that. I use packing cubes to separate my clothes. I love to wear hats, so to carry those I make a well in the centre of my suitcase contents, lay the hat upside down then fill the inside with more clothes. {Find Michelle on Facebook + Instagram}

Rachel of The Department of Wandering 

My #1 travel hack has got to be using www.goeuro.com to help me search and compare the cheapest and most convenient modes of transport around Europe. Previously, I used to spend hours shopping around the internet in an attempt to find the best deal which was very time-consuming and not all that easy. Not anymore! GoEuro conveniently compares all transport options (flights, trains, buses and cars) in the one place and I often find that it is cheaper and more convenient to take a cheap bus instead of a costly flight, especially for short trips. I also love the fact that I can search by final destination rather than airport, which is super helpful in determining the total cost of transport. {Find Rachel on Facebook + Instagram}

Louise of Travel The Unbeaten Path

If you are traveling with a baby, wearing the little one is a huge help. Whether you are going through a busy airport terminal or exploring a major city by foot, a baby carrier keeps your precious little cargo safe and comfortable. There are many different types on the market – soft wraps, slings, sturdy backpacks (or you can even fashion your own!) so one will most likely fit your family’s needs and make your trip a lot smoother! {Find Louise on Twitter + Instagram

Ting of My Travel Monkey

When you’re travelling it’s hard not to want to take all your possessions with you – well, it is for me! But trying to minimise the amount of clothes versus the space you actually have can be tough, particularly if you have kids. It’s a simple thing, but rolling clothes makes your packing much less bulky. Plus, I always buy travel-sized toiletries or smaller bottles to decant; wear the largest items including footwear that I want to take; and always have luggage scales close to hand because airlines are pretty stringent about weight these days. It definitely takes the worrying out of the equation when you’re checking in at the airport. {Find Ting on Facebook + Instagram here}

Dariece and Nick of Goats On The Road

We can’t believe that we didn’t know this before, but recently we figured out something when booking flights. Rather than selecting flight only, select flight + hotel, or flight + car. For some reason, a secret tab of other offers shows up! In our test run that we did, a flight with British Airways from Toronto, Canada to London, England was $1,524. But, when we tried it with a car/flight combo, the price was reduced to $1,444. So, not only was the flight $80 less, but you get a free rental car as well! If you just opt to take the car for one day, the flight will cost you even less. Interesting, right?! {Find Dariece and Nick on Facebook, YouTube + Twitter}

Paloma of Anxious Traveler

As somebody with an anxiety disorder I usually keep a little pack of things to help calm my anxiety, but one of my favorite “travel hacks” is: I spray a little bit of essential oil onto my scarf and wrap it around my neck (and over my nose sometimes) when traveling to help calm my nerves if I’m feeling anxious or if there’s just someone with really bad B.O next to me. My favorite oil to use is eucalyptus because where I grew up there were hundreds of eucalyptus trees, so it reminds me of home, smells great, and comforts me all at the same time. {Find Paloma on Instagram}

Leah of The Kid Bucket List

Shhhhhh… When proceeding with a booking on some hotel sites you will be offered a FREE room upgrade if you halt the process half way through and let the page sit for a few minutes without proceeding further (this is to entice the reluctant traveller to follow through with the booking). I discovered this by accident and have consistently found it to work a handful of times with some hotel chains. Say hello to a suite! {Find Leah on Facebook + Instagram}

Kirst and Birgit of Sunshine and Gin

Kirst: Whilst I wouldn’t call my ‘hacks’ a huge secret, I always recommend rolling your clothing (you fit so much more in!) and I won’t fly long-haul without wearing my compression tights and taking a sleeping aid. Once I discovered these tricks, it made travelling a lot more comfortable and it reduced my jetlag bigtime. 

B: I always like to be prepared for medical problems and buy the most common treatments before I travel. To save space, cut up the pill packet so you are left with only the cover with the dosage. Then wrap the tablet sheets and the cover in glad-wrap. Safe, secure and it takes up so much less room than the box. {Find Kirst and B on Facebook + Instagram}

Brooke of Blonde Ambition

My #1 travel hack is zip-lock bags. I bag up most things that go into my suitcase/carry on including my underwear (one bag for bras and one for briefs, plus extra bags for stuff that has been worn); phone and camera chargers; toiletries (to avoid spillage); shoes (to avoid smells); jewellery (mini bags are great to avoid tangles); and my mini-kit of medication (paracetamol, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories etc). And, if you have the larger bags, you can throw in your dirty underwear/t-shirts, add some water and soap, zip it up and swish it around to wash them! {Find Brooke on Facebook + Instagram}

Kristie of you.theworld.wandering

‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there’.. a perfect travel motto. Whether you’re deciding to venture off solo, making up your mind on where to visit next or simply accepting the invitations of new travel buddies, believe in yourself, back yourself and trust your instincts. Embrace your independence and remember never judge a place on someone else’s perceptions. Making up your own mind and learning for yourself can be empowering and confidence building. So start small, get out of your comfort zone and challenge life as you know it. You never know where it may lead you or who you might meet! {Find Kristie on Facebook + Instagram}

Phoebe of Little Grey Box

My all-time favourite travel hack is something so simple, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t think of it sooner. I travel with a lot of electronics that compete for the power socket at the end of each day, this makes it hard when you’re overseas and have 10 things that need power and only one converter. So, I pack a powerboard. Yup! A dirty old power board. You can pick up a five or six plug one pretty cheap and it means you can charge a number of things at the same time, using only one converter. Simple, but damn effective. {Find me on Facebook + Instagram}

You can read their answers to last month’s question, ‘What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?’ here.

So, now we’ve heard the  #1 Travel Hacks of our favourite travel bloggers… What is yours?  Please share in the comments below and let us know if any of these great tips resonated with you. If you’ve got an idea for what next month’s ‘Travel Bloggers Share’ question should be, let me know in the comments below! If you’re a travel blogger interested in being part of the next ‘Travel Bloggers Share,’ let me know in the comments or send me an email to: littlegreybox@hotmail.com


Phoebe Lee Profile ImagePhoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

 

8 Comments on Travel Bloggers Share: Our #1 Travel Hacks

  1. I LOVE this post! I travel a lot & I swear this list just changed my life. My hack is always travel with baby wipes. The ultimate freshmaker because sometimes travel is gross ♡

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  2. Thank you for including me also, Phoebe! I’m very excited to read all of these great travel blogs you’ve compiled. Such good stuff!

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  3. That was really interesting! I’m a traveler then I already knew most of the tricks aforementioned, still I learnt something more:) I could add, do not pay more for a navigator when you rent a car. You can buy a foreign sim card for your smartphone with the internet connection, then use the navigator app in your smartphone. It’s all going to cost a lot less, plus you get the internet connection 24/7.
    As for the Travel Bloggers Share, feel free to contact me whenever you want:)

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  4. Thanks for gathering so many helpful tips! Sharing! Roar!

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  5. Whoa, I hadn’t realized that selecting flight + car could bring up cheaper flights as well! And I love the tip about snacks, because getting hangry while traveling is the worst!!

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  6. I love that photo of you Phoebe! It’s awesome. And I love your hack … I’d just been looking at some fancy multi-plug things at Officeworks (its like Ikea in that I go in for one thing and leave with five others) but a trusty powerboard, of which I have multiple at home will totally do the trick! Thanks for including me and for sharing these great hacks! x

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    • It’s so simple, huh. They’re always lying around at home but you never think to pack one, saves you time and money 🙂 winning. Thanks for contributing, Brooke. I really appreciate it.

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