Best travel tips 2019

Here are the best travel tips and hacks from experienced travellers and folks who make their living planning travel.

Download Google Maps for use offline

Obviously, you can’t stick by a WiFi connection while exploring a city, not all that much happens in a Hotel. Which means you’re going to find it impossible to access live Google Maps for that easy-peasy sat-nav style guidance for bi-pods. Thankfully, the latest versions of Google Maps now allows you to save map areas directly to your phone and call them up later to explore.

Download Google Translate for use offline

Many languages have offline data packages you can download to your device. Once you know which languages you’ll need access to while you travel, see if they have a pushpin icon beside them. If they do, you can download an offline package to your device. Each language pack is only a few hundred megabytes, so you’ll almost certainly have enough space on any recent smartphone. Be sure to be connected to WiFi for this download, though, so you don’t burn through your data plan!

Email yourself a scan of your passport

This is one you don’t want to ignore in case anything goes wrong, you’ll thank yourself if you’re ever a victim of theft or loss. It’s also worth taking a screenshot of any journey confirmations. If you’ve booked any flights, buses or trains, whether you’re on your phone, laptop or tablet, make sure you screenshot them while you have Wi-Fi or internet access so you can access them when you’re no longer connected. So much easier than lugging around printouts.

Sign up for an airline loyalty program

If you’re a frequent globetrotter and find yourself often using the same carrier, it might make sense to sign up for a co-branded airlines loyalty program, as it’s a great way to earn points and use them towards free trips and upgrades. By flying with the same airline when you travel you’ll find it easier to stick to a familiar routine, too.

Plus, by earning points you might also be able to make the most of airport lounges before you fly (read our article on getting access to airport lounges for more information).

Book an airport transfer to and from the airport

Take the stress out of getting to and from the airport with a pre-booked airport transfer. It’s one less thing to worry about, and you won’t need to fork out heaps of money for airport parking. You can find excellent airport transfer deals on

Pack a portable power bank

With more and more travel essential gadgets requiring charging, it’s little wonder that people are turning to portable battery packs to help fill the power gap when travelling. Be aware that not all battery packs are created equal in build, quality or price. If your travel plans involve long journeys or locations and countries where power availability will be an issue, you should most certainly consider investing in portable battery packs.

Pack some baby powder for a quick freshen-up

After a long day of exploring on a hot day shoes can become a little “iffy”. Baby powder sorts out the moisture and freshens them up. You can also use it to get wet sand off your feet.

Pack some wet wipes

Simple, pack plenty of wet wipes to keep yourself nice and clean.

Pack something to chew on for take-off

Ear pressure can be really painful, and even more so for children. Pack some gummy bears or fruit chews to help relieve the pressure.

Pack a portable Lint roller

Simple, pack a portable lint roller to keep your clothes nice and clean.

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