Travel Hacks


Flying, especially during the vacation, can be a little bit less than heartwarming. Between pesky TSA agents, crowded lines, and overpriced airport food, it seems impossible to keep up that vacation spirit. Take a breath, and get ready to a fly a little smarter.

Ask to be upgraded
Have you ever walked through an empty first class, only to have to sit in a packed coach section? Sure, it’s frustrating, and it really shouldn’t happen, but sometimes there are booking errors made by the airlines. So, if you’ve ever wanted to experience the luxury treatment, just ask to be upgraded at the gate. You’ll be surprised by how often this works! If you don’t ask the answer will always be “no!”

Carry an empty water bottle

Buying a bottle of water after going through the security line is almost always ridiculously expensive. In fact, they’re often so pricey that it’s tempting to forgo water altogether, even though we all know that staying hydrated during air travel is essential.

So, don’t buy water—get it for free! Bring an empty bottle with you and fill up in the terminal. Several airports are even starting to offer free filtered water. Just check near the bathrooms and you may see one of these handy stations.

You can travel with alcohol 
Even most frequent fliers don’t know about this helpful tip! It’s true—you can actually bring your own alcohol on the plane. Over your shock? Good, because it’s true. All you need to do is ensure that your bottles are 100 ml or less, and are kept in an 8-by-8-inch plastic storage bag. Just keep in mind that it is not legal to consume your own alcohol on a plane. You can bring it—you just can’t drink it.

Charge your phone in airplane mode
Let’s face it—though we generally take vacations to get away from technology, we just can’t escape it! Between looking up directions, restaurant reviews, and in some cases, the local language, we all end up using our phones quite a bit—and we need them to charge super fast! To do this, simply go to the ‘Settings’ tab on your phone and select ‘Airplane Mode’. In some cases, your phone will end up charging twice as fast!