Airplane in the sky

Simple Tips For A Stress-Free Travel Experience

If you’re an experienced traveler you already have your go-to’s for every trip; those specific hacks you can’t live without. If, on the other hand, you’re just starting out and slowly stepping into the world of travel, you’ve landed in the right place. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of hacks you’ll find along the way with every new trip you take…but for today we’ll start out with just a few to set you in the right direction.

These are not all the tricks I’ve learned, but definitely, the ones that make my life easier when I’m navigating through the airports, onto a plane, and around a foreign country.

So let’s dive right in how some of the ways you can make your travel plans run a bit smoother.

Girl at the airport
Global Entry and Passport
crowded airport

The first travel hack that will make your life easier is signing up for one of the expedited security programs. The popular ones in North America are Global Entry, TSA Pre-check, Clear, and Nexus (used in Canada).

Honestly, if you’re a frequent traveler and you have yet to get these under your belt…are you even doing it right? (just kidding)

I personally use Global Entry, it’s only $100 and gives you TSA Pre-Check along with customs expedited benefits. Clear gets through security quicker but doesn’t have the same benefits pre-check and global entry provide with electronics and shoes.

I know quite a few people that have signed up for both Clear and Global Entry, which puts them in front of the line and less hassle with their carry-on items.

If you’re interested in signing up or finding out which one is the one for you click on the links below to get started:

Travel Hack numero 2: if you can avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays. These are the days most people book for quick weekend getaways, so not only will your flight and airport be fully booked, but prices will be more expensive. 

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway and still want to take advantage of deals, try to fly out Thursday evening and fly back Monday mornings. I personally prefer traveling these days anyways, crowds and full planes have never been my comfort zones. 

Also choosing days outside of the weekends will get you cheaper hotels as well, if you haven’t noticed Fridays and Saturdays tend to be on the pricier side when booking. 

Do yourself a favor…and thank me later. 

Airport screen with flight details
Black girl packing suitcase
Man at the airport with luggage

Last travel hack of the day, and this one might have some of you look at me like I’m crazy but here it is nonetheless: Avoid checking any bags when flying.

I know, I know…but what about all the items you’ll need for your trip. Ok, let’s think about this for a moment, when have you ever used every single item you’ve packed on a trip? Seriously…when have you ever worn every pair of shoes you packed, all the fancy outfits, and that large tub of lotion? 

I can bet it’s been very slim…and if you have kudos to you! But do you really need all those items? Unless you’re heading somewhere chilly, and even then I don’t pack heavy, it’s really not necessary. 

Let’s go through some of the benefits of NOT checking a bag: 

1. Less chance of the airline losing our bag or it getting sent elsewhere

2. Less money to spend since most airlines now charge at least $35 just for the first bag…there’s an increase in price with each additional checked bag

3. Get to your destination a lot quicker. Think about it, you’re off the plane and off to start your vacation, rather than waiting an additional 20 minutes or more at the baggage carousel. 

So next time you’re packing for your dream vacation, seriously consider going the minimalist way of traveling…it’ll take most of the stress away. 

Let me know if some of these travel hacks helped or what other ones you have under your sleeves. 

Now, time to fly!