Top 5 Travel Hacks!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how stressful and difficult traveling can be. My main goal is to make it easier on every reader so they can enjoy whatever adventure you decide to embark on! 

  1. Precheck is your best friend

One of the worst things about airports are the long security lines. They can impact your whole trip if they are extra crowded or you arrive late. There are different types of precheck you can get to make your life that much easier. Ever since I started using precheck, my airport life forever changed. You can forget about the crowds and the wait!

  • CLEAR- this is a registered travel program that costs $189 for an annual membership. Instead of checking your passport, CLEAR uses your eyes and fingerprints to verify your identity after you scan your boarding pass. Once this happens, a CLEAR ambassador will escort you to the front of the line. 
  • TSA PreCheck- This is a U.S. government program that uses a security threat assessment to deem travelers low-risk. It costs $78 for a 5 year membership and takes around 5 minutes to apply. With this, you no longer have to remove your shoes or laptops from your carry ons! It only works from departures from U.S airports. 
  • Global Entry- This is for entry into the U.S. from international destinations. It costs $100 to apply and you can travel by air, land, and sea. One downside is it takes 4-6 months to apply. 
  1. Take advantage of layovers!

If you are travelling and see options for layovers, not only can they be cheaper, but you can make a mini trip out of it! On my flight from Florence to Israel, I had a 9 hour layover in Rome. I was able to see so much of the city in that short time and it made it so special. Try to find long layovers in a place you are interested in seeing, but check to make sure the airport isnt too far from wherever you want to go.

  1. Make photocopies of all important documents

Boarding passes, passports, licenses, health insurance cards, and anything else you can think of is so crucial to make sure you have and losing it can mess everything up. This is a just in case measure that can provide an extra sense of security. 

  1. Look into budget airlines

Airlines like RyanAir, Fronteir, Spirit and more all have some great deals to take advantage of. My one suggestion is to be aware of hidden fees such as extra luggage and seating arrangements. Do some research and compare the prices for any airline you plan on choosing. 

  1. Bring. A. Neck. Pillow

They are lifesavers and probably the best travel accessory to have. It might seem unnecessary but they are game changers! You can find so many on Amazon that can become really small to fit in your carry on and some even have a combination with a blanket. One of the worst things is to have a sore neck after a long flight when you want to enjoy your vacation. Trust me on this one, get that neck pillow. 

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