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5 smart ways to travel better in 2018

5 smart ways to travel better in 2018

Travel in 2017 was notoriously insane. Passengers were dragged off planes, flight attendants went wild and travel influencers faked travel photos.... the list goes on but, worse, you likely overpaid on airfare, lost out on upgrades and maybe even hated your vacation. While we can't ever predict crazy situations, you can become a better traveler for 2018, and these 5 travel hacks will save you money, eliminate stress and, ultimately, make you a smarter traveler for 2018. Happy hacking!

 

5 hacks to travel better in 2018!

1. Use Google Flights. Tired of paying expensive airfare? The good news is that airfare is going down. The better news is that Google Flights exists. It's mind-boggling how many friends still buy their tickets on third-party sites like Expedia.com, which seldom have the lowest fares. Also, when you book with third-party booking engines, dealing with unforeseen situations is not as easy as dealing directly with the airline. Google Flights is the most comprehensive site for finding the cheapest airfare in real time, then allowing you to book directly with the airline. Among the list of other benefits, the site offers price differences between certain days (if your travel plans are flexible) and also tracks flights and prices for you, so you'll get notifications if a flight your eyeing will go down (or up) in fare. 

 Google Flights.

Google Flights.

 

2. Stop paying a lot for hotels. Join a hotel chain's mailing list or follow on Twitter. Hotel brands feature sales only subscribers will know about, and these sales are often unheard of. It really doesn't take a lot of effort (these deals come to you so you never have to hunt for them) and can save you hundreds. 

 Suite at the Ivy Hotel.

Suite at the Ivy Hotel.

 

3. Know how to upgrade. Knowing how to upgrade has become an art form because it's so much harder these days. For a hotel upgrade, chances are higher when you book during a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc), are a loyalty member or even ask (nicely) at the front desk on weekdays . For flights, it's a whole other ball game, and I wrote the best ways to realistically get free flight upgrades here

 Emirates business class.

Emirates business class.

 

4. Join a frequent flier program. Even though frequent flier miles and points lose value every day, it's still the best way to get optimal seats, better customer service, complimentary upgrades, free checked bags and more. 

 Emirates business class.

Emirates business class.

 

5. Pick the right destination. Are you even going somewhere you want to travel to? Choosing the right destination is crucial when planning a vacation. I wrote 5 travel hacks to pick the right vacation spots, which includes tips like asking yourself WHY.

 Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe.

10 reasons why travel will be way better in 2018

10 reasons why travel will be way better in 2018

The biggest difference between travel writers and travel influencers may shock you

The biggest difference between travel writers and travel influencers may shock you