My favourite part of staying in hotels is hotel breakfast. Breakfast food, or at least the breakfast food I traditionally eat, is some of the simplest to prepare, but I really love it when someone else scrambled those eggs or fried that bacon for me. I genuinely look forward to it every time I travel.
Hostels are an inexpensive option when you want to stretch your travel budget and don't mind sharing space with strangers (who might even become your friends). The downside is that if you want to hang your clothes or towels up to dry, you're fighting for the same common drying spots with everyone else in the hostel. Toss a couple of small magnets in your bag and you have this problem solved!
The best way to save money on Starbucks is to make your coffee at home. The second best way is to buy it somewhere cheaper. But the third best way is to hack your Starbucks order to pay less for the same (or similar) drink. Some hacks are innocent; others less so. Here's a compilation of the best Starbucks hacks from over the years.
iOS/Android: Using your commute time to read is a noble goal in theory, and an uphill battle in practice, between crowded trains, interruptions for transfers, and the difficulty of focusing on a long read or massive novel in five-minute increments. But if you still want to get some reading done in the few minutes of downtime you can find on your journey to work, look into Shortly, which presents you with stories that are just the right length for your trip.
Dear Lifehacker, The air conditioning on my car recently broke down, and the quote for replacing it is around $3000. So I am considering trading in my broken car and getting a new one. The car still drives fine and the A/C button still lights up, but no cold air comes out. If I am trading in my car, do I have to tell the dealer about the broken air conditioner? Is it a case of "only tell them if they ask" or do I have to tell them from the start? Thanks, Cold Comfort
When some people go on holiday they bring back magnets or postcards. I bring back booze. For a long time I was just bringing back beer to give as gifts or share with friends, but that eventually evolved to spirits as well. When I went to Scotland earlier this year my home whisky collection ended up getting a huge upgrade.
In an ideal world, maybe you'd love to spend a large portion of your free time attending the weddings, birthdays and other life cycle events of your nearest and dearest. But life, work, and geographical boundaries often get in the way, making it a tricky a proposition to attend every single milestone event for every single close friend and family member.
There's too much goddamn content in the world right now. I'm far from the first person to say this, and I certainly won't be the last - it's just a fact of life, and it's only getting worse. And while you surely have your own ways of coping with the unending onslaught of "premium" shows, movies, books, articles and music, there's one trick that you might not be utilising to its full potential: Skipping right to the end.
At some point in your car's lifespan, you've probably considered having the interior and exterior professionally cleaned. If you're anything like me, you then looked at the quoted price tag and went "yeah, nah." Grime adds charm and character, right?
Well, it turns out you don't need to spend a fortune to make your car look good as new. As this handy infographic demonstrates, a little DIY can go a long way. All you need is a can of WD-40 and some junk lying around your house.
I am not a parent, but as someone who has a hard enough time feeding and clothing myself, I have a lot of respect for humans who take care of other humans. When I see parents travelling with their kids, it looks like so much fun. But travel is stressful enough when you're alone -- how do they pull it off with little ones?
With holiday travel season looming and airline companies increasingly trying to squeeze every last dollar out of passengers, surely there's a way to make flying at least somewhat more bearable? If you can't afford a business class upgrade (because really, who can) and aren't holding out hope for a high-speed rail system, you can -- and should -- make the most of the one crumb of control left to you: your choice of seat.
When you're heading home from a night out with friends, sharing an Uber often makes a lot of sense. However, up until now, you'd have to verbally tell your driver you were going to make a few stops, and then input a new address each time someone gets out of the car. It's a process that works, but tends to be pretty frustrating for both you and the driver.
Some drivers can reverse parallel park their cars without even thinking about it. For the rest of us, it's a prolonged nightmare of white-knuckled mortification where every turn of the wheel does the opposite of what you were expecting. Meanwhile, multiple bystanders are watching your attempts in a mixture of amusement and pity. Fun times.
Fortunately, it's possible to correct your arse-backwards parking by following a few simple tips. This infographic explains how to pull off three types of parking on your first attempt, every time.
If you're away from home and in need of WiFi, Facebook can help you find it. Originally only available in a few countries, the social network's "Find WiFi" feature is now available around the world. With it you can locate available hotspots and nearby businesses, so you can quickly find a spot near you.
Hotel living is sweet, especially if you leave room in your luggage for all the mini-shampoos and towels that come with it. Too bad that taking a break from your apartment for a night is so expensive you'd be better off just buying expensive shampoos and towels. That is, unless you can learn to scam your way into a free home away from home in a way that's totally legal.