5 Travel tips and tricks!
As a Commercial Projects Editor at Re-bel magazine, Lee’s primary job is to balance the creative and commercial by securing advertising and special projects. Which means he spends his days jetting across the globe and hitting up fashion capitals from Milan, Paris and New York to Toronto, Copenhagen and Oslo. A seasoned traveler for both business and leisure, Lee decided to let us in on his travel rulebook!
I have to admit it, I’m a major travel fan! I was bitten by the travel bug in 2014, after my friend quit his job to spend a year in Australia. After carefully thinking it through, I decided to join him on his adventure. In my year there I spent most of my time in Sydney, then moved to Melbourne for the last three months. When the time came to leave Oz, I decided I wasn’t ready to head home. So I bought a car and hit the road alone, traveling across Australia before moving on to Asia.
When I eventually moved back to London, I made a pact to escape the capital every month, and have since visited destinations around the globe: Toronto, Oslo, New York, Egypt, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona... I’ve learned a lot of money-saving hacks on my travels – so as you all hit the road this summer, I thought I’d share them with you!
1. Flexible flights
Try booking flights through sites like TravelSupermarket and Skyscanner: they compare prices and flight times for several airlines. It eliminates the hard work of searching multiple sites. Make sure you’re flexible with your search: choose "anytime" and "anywhere" for the cheapest destination if you don’t have a specific location in mind. Selecting "any airport" can also save on cost. For example: flying JFK to London Heathrow may cost more than if you flew to London Gatwick.
2. Pick the right kind of accommodation!
Flights all booked? Now for somewhere to stay… Depending on your budget and flexibility, there are tons of options to suit all kinds of travelers. Like to live like a local and experience a "home away from home"? Try Airbnb.
Is a hostel more your style? Booking.com can help. Before moving to Australia, I dreaded the idea of staying in a room with strangers – but it turned out to be the best part of my trip! I made friends for life and great memories – and saved a ton of money by not staying in expensive (and often lonely) hotels! The option to "pay on arrival" means you can book a room without a heavy upfront deposit, so you can spread out your costs and save some cash.
Make sure you do some research when hostel hunting – does it offer any activities? Walking tours, movie nights and culinary courses are sometimes available: they’re a fantastic way to meet new people and see more of the city you’re visiting.
3. Have a goal!
Set a goal to give your trip direction, whether it’s climbing Kilimanjaro, crossing Costa Rica or wildlife spotting. Make a list so you won’t forget! It'll save you wasting time with "what should we do now?" moments. Another note on planning visits to attractions: shop around online ahead of your trip – you might be able to find cheaper deals and also line-jumping tickets (no one wants to line up for hours on vacay)!
4. Plan your looks!
I try to travel light as much as I can, without sacrificing choice. By planning your looks ahead of time, you’ll take clothes you actually need and are will definitely wear! Whenever I do short city trips I only carry my hand luggage. It may seem hard to pack everything you need into one small case, but with careful planning you can edit what you bring. It might also save you money if you're flying with an airline that charges extra for checked-in luggage, plus save time at the airport: you won't need to check in at the desk 2 hours before you fly.
5. Download useful Apps!
Besides Instagram to show your friends and family what you’re up to, I have a few fave apps when traveling. Citymapper lets you navigate the city you’re visiting by providing the best routes to your destination in the quickest time, whether by public transportation, walking or driving. Google Translate is also great – especially when communicating with locals.
Wikicamp Australia is a great app if you're backpacking across Oz: it takes the feedback it gets from experienced travelers to help people traveling the same route. It was so handy having an app that told you where to find free parking and places where you're allowed to camp.
These are just a few of the travel tips I swear by, regardless of my budget. So arm yourself with these hacks to help save time & money when planning a trip – and go have yourself an unforgettable adventure!