Life is competition, and it's especially easy to feel like you're losing if your coworkers are always taking bomb-arse holidays while you sit at home using a Netflix account you split with four other people.
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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!
Sharing a holiday rental with friends is a great way to cut down on accommodations costs and have a space to relax together after a long day sightseeing. But splitting a holiday rental doesn't always go smoothly -- we've all had that one friend who hogs the bathroom getting ready, spews their stuff all over the couch, or tries to skirt paying their fair share.
We've all seen unfortunate holiday-gone-wrong stories about someone who went on holiday and had something bad happen to them, from getting stuck in the wilderness alone to being taken in by a scam. For instance, there's the recent one about Iceland residents getting fed up with tourists who come unprepared for the nation's rugged terrain, putting themselves and risk and creating serious hassles for the locals. Some of these incidents are plain bad luck, but often, they could have been easily avoidable with a little advanced planning.
Cruise ships are considered to be notorious hotbeds for illness, especially the "firing out both ends" kind. If you'd rather spend your trip soaking up sun and drinking Bahama Mamas than seeing your buffet dinner in reverse, follow these tips.
Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You're probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights and browsing flexible dates that can save you money and time. However, there are some other, lesser-known features that can help you squeeze even more out of your travel budget.
Most of us tend to overpack when we travel. You might as well toss in those extra shirts, chargers and camera gadgets because you never know what you might need, right? Of course, you then end up not using half the stuff you bring. If this sounds familiar, consider a "luggage audit" next time you travel.
It's annoying as hell when you have your tray table down, trying to work or eat, and the person in front of you reclines, narrowing the already tiny gap between your knees and their seatback. To retaliate, you recline your own seat -- it's your right, after all -- and annoy the person behind you. It's a frustrating domino effect of travellers trying to reclaim their space. So who owns that space to begin with?
Cheap air travel isn't as awesome as you think it is, namely because it makes air travel suck more overall. Believe it or not, though, air travel has improved in some ways, too.
It's hard to stick to your budget when you travel, especially if you have kids who want souvenirs or gifts that can add up. Instead, consider loading a prepaid card before your trip and giving it to your kids, or using it to cap your own souvenir spending.