Travel hacks and apps every frequent flyer needs to know
In this blog I want to share with you a few apps and travel hacks that every frequent or not so frequent flyer should know. These apps and airport hacks will help streamline the time you spend at the airport; so you can get to the boarding gate and up in the air faster — more hassle free.
If this is your first time flying I also recommend you read this article First time flying: tips for navigating through the airport without a hitch!
Ever wondered how to get a cheap flight? Sure you can do your research on when the best time to book a flight is OR you could download one simple app.
Hopper is a nifty app that allows you to “watch” flight prices. It uses algorithms (gotta love those) to tell you when the best time to buy is.
Hopper is almost never wrong with a 95% success rate at giving you the lowest fare. I have used it a number of times. Plus its great to get a notification on a flight you’re not planning on booking for months and months in advance.
Skyscanner is my next go to app and website when im booking flights in a 4 week departure window. Skyscanner…as the name implies...scans the internet for the best and cheapest flights. Their app is super user friendly so you can look up flights on the go.
If you’re not sure where you want to travel they even have an ”Everywhere” option. Input your departure location and flight dates and Skyscanner will show you the cheapest flights in relation to the information you provide.
My entire 9 month trip has been booked on the back of Skyscanner. I have gone to some pretty awesome destinations in my travels and all of the prices have been dirt cheap. My alliance with airlines is all over the place but I’m on a budget so beggars can’t be choosers.
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So you’ve touched down but you don’t have any internet. This happened to me in South Korea when I left the ferry terminal in Busan (The 7/11 was all out of sim cards!). You don’t speak the language and you don’t know how to get to your accommodation!
Not to worry as you have already downloaded Maps Me. You can download detailed maps of countries and regions to use while you are offline. Some even show the local public transportation system.
Despite using South Korea as my example for this situation I would actually recommend downloading Kakao Maps to use in South Korea. Click here for more information about useful apps you should download before going to South Korea.
TRAVEL ITINERARY ORGANISATION
Now that you’ve booked your flight or flights you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of information you have to retain. What time is the flight? What airport on what date? What’s the reservation code?
Worry no more, as Google Trips is here to help. If you have a gmail account, simply forward any itineraries from your other email to your gmail account then log into Google Trips. In a matter of minute all of your flight itineraries will be streamlined to the palm of your hand. Isn’t technology amazing?
AIRPORT NAVIGATION AND PLANE INFORMATION
If you have arrived at an airport and you are looking for a particular service you can use Gate Guru to help you navigate the bustling airport floors. It shows information about the airport; like where the toilets are, what food kiosks are available and where the VIP lounges are situated.
If you want to know information about the aircraft you are boarding; like where the best/worst seats are, what amenities they have or any other information about the plane then I recommend downloading Seat Guru. You could snag some extra legroom without having to pay just by using this app!
When you are checking in or going through security/immigration — choose the most left line. The majority of people are right handed and will thus favour the right hand side. The line on the left hand side will be shorter.
IN FLIGHT TRAVEL HACKS
So you’ve snagged an aisle seat but that pesky armrest keeps getting in the way! Now don’t tell anyone, but you can actually lift up the armrest with the push of a hidden button. Somewhere towards the hinge there is a little latch that can be pressed to release your arm rest from its down position. You might need to fiddle a bit but once you get it the mobility possibilities are endless!
Buy your inflight wifi before you fly. You will save a fortune! If you’re on a long layover and in search of good wifi — this article has a map that contains wifi passwords for airports around the world
Bring a portable charger. There’s nothing worse than listening to an audio book or a new playlist and your battery is flashing red.
I say “audiobook” because who wants to carry around a big book? If audio books aren’t your style you can always listen to pre-downloaded podcasts (my go to at the moment is “My Favorite Murder”…it’s hilariously dark).
Netflix also has an option to pre download movies and shows straight to your phone. Gone are the days of paying for inflight entertainment!
Bring a reusable water bottle with you. You can fill it up once you are through security. During a long haul flight you can ask the flight attendant to fill your water bottle up for you instead of asking for individual cups of water. Plus it will save you having to buy plastic water bottles once you reach your destination!
In your carry on you should also bring something to keep you warm. The less zippers and buttons the better as you might also fashion this garment into a makeshift pillow.
THATS A WRAP
Hopefully some of these hacks can help your time at the airport be a little bit more enjoyable. If you found this post helpful please give it a share!