Expert travel tips from experienced travelers

Let’s be honest and recognize that traveling is a two-sided coin. There is a side full of adventures, new experiences, exotic dishes and memories that will last a lifetime. The other side consists of overpriced tickets, travel rip-offs, overloaded suitcases and sometimes a bit of stress.

If you want to travel more, save money, and stay safe in the process, keep reading to learn travel tips from veteran travelers who’ve been through it all.

Hacks to save money on flights

Flights can often be one of the biggest expenses on a trip. Here’s how to save money on flights.

Use incognito mode and a VPN. Ariel Sheen, a travel journalist, emailed BGN and shared her experience with finding cheaper flights. He shared an experience when his friends who lived in the United States were looking for flights to visit him in Colombia. “We learned that their incognito mode flight search was insufficient to get them the same prices I saw in Colombia. When they combined incognito mode and VPNs to spoof their IP address to give the ‘impression that they were looking at flights in the country, prices have dropped significantly.

Choose flights based on price, not destination. If you use Skyscanner for flights, it has a nifty feature called “go anywhere”. which will show you the cheapest places to travel. And generally, where there is a low-cost flight, the cost of living is lower, which can save you money when traveling domestically.

Track flights with price alerts. Janelle “Jash” Cooper emailed BGN and shared the benefits of watching flights with Google Flights. ” [It’s] is a great way to find different flights, and you can set up notifications for specific flights. It’s a great way to see price fluctuation and see which days would be the best to travel. There are also similar features on and other travel sites.

Travel tips for traveling light

Packing is one of my least favorite parts of travel. I always feel like I pack too much or too less. Trying to fit a week’s worth of clothes into a small suitcase feels like an Olympic sport. However, one proven technique that has helped me is rolling my clothes. I often layer outfits on top of each other, roll them up, and then tuck them neatly into my suitcase or backpack to save space.

Dirty laundry. Another packing hack was suggested by Valerie, owner and luxury travel consultant for Cultured Travel LLC. She emailed BGN to remind travelers to pack an extra bag for dirty laundry. She mentions, “You can get a cheap mesh laundry bag for a handy place to store all your used clothes while on vacation. I also recommend throwing a few dryer sheets in their luggage. This will help keep your clothes fresh as if they just came out of the wash.

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