We all have our personal travel hacks – meaning, shortcuts – that we value and are sometimes surprised that others really have no clue about them. I have a (mental) checklist of sorts (it isn’t perfect and I sometimes do not do things by the book) which I would like to share with you.
Here are my 5 travel hacks that I hope will improve your travel experience – they certainly help mine!
1. Pre-book airport transfers
Uber is a great idea, but if you have tried hailing one at a major airport, you know what I am talking about. I have recently tried it at JFK and didn’t realise it would be me and another 100+ passengers (I kid you not) looking for their own uber. It wasn’t pretty.
I have used Blacklane 5 or 6 times (and will continue to do so) and love its simplicity. You go to their website (or app), ideally a day before travelling, very easily add your travel information and you choose your type of car (business, SUV/van or first class) and you will have a driver waiting for you on arrival at the airport or wherever you choose. You get 1h waiting time and you can also cancel the service up to 1 hour before, if your plans change.
It is a private car service (and you choose if you’d like say a BMW Series 5 or 7 to pick you up), and obviously more expensive than a taxi or uber – but it is much cheaper than a hotel car service. In Istanbul, I think it cost us less than half. In Prague, it cost the same as a taxi. And was much nicer. And prices include tax, tips and everything else, so no extra stress.
2. Pre-order your foreign currency
I have only done this 3 times, and I cannot tell you how proud of myself I was. If you pre-order your currency, you get a much better rate than at the airport. And if you are UK-based, Travelex sends you the money home for next day delivery (so you need to order 48 hours before), or you can pre-order and collect at one of their airport (or non-airport) locations. When I stay...