Courtesy of Kayak, we’ve put together a list of travel hacks especially for Sassy ladies looking to travel smart and, of course, in style.
A wise man once said: life is all about the journey, not the destination. We say: why not make both as comfortable as possible? No matter where you’re headed, these travel hacks will help you get the most out of your trip.
From booking flights at the right moment for maximum savings to figuring out how to charge your mobile phone on the road, these tips and tricks from the travel experts at KAYAK.sg will ensure smooth sailing. After all, whether you’re taking the vacation of a lifetime, going on a work trip or just escaping for the weekend, the journey will be much more enjoyable if you’re not stuck in a dreaded middle seat.
Book smart for maximum savings
Based on data extracted from travel search engine KAYAK.sg, travellers from Singapore can save between 9% and 43% on the cost of flights by booking up to three months in advance, as compared to booking just one month in advance of a trip, depending on the destination.
Generally, flights to popular destinations in Asia like Bali and Shanghai are most affordable when booked 1.5 months prior to departure. Those booking trips to Sydney or Auckland can save up to 18% on airfare when they book two months in advance compared to booking one month out. Most long haul flights are cheapest when booked 2.5 months in advance with prices rising steadily thereafter. Those traveling to South America from Singapore should book a full three months in advance or risk facing a 43% fare hike if they book only one month prior to departure.
Get a great seat
Selecting the right seat can mean the difference between a comfortable journey and being squished in the last row by the toilet for hours on end. Here are some top tips for making your flight as comfortable as possible.
If you were not able to choose your seat at the time of booking (or did not want to pay a fee to do so) try to pick a seat by checking in online 24 hours before your flight. The sooner you log in, the better selection of seats you will have. Checking in online can also save you time at the airport, which will ease your journey from the moment it begins.
Airplane seat maps
If you know what kind of plane you are likely to fly on a given route, look up their seat map online. You can learn valuable information like which seats provide the most legroom and which leave you stranded by the toilets. For example, according to research from KAYAK.sg, on the Airbus A320, the fleet favoured by Singapore Airlines for short haul journeys with no priority seating, the first row offers the best seats in the house. Everyone in that row gets extra legroom, is served first and is first off the plane. Those seated in A1 and F1 will enjoy an unobstructed window view for those coveted aerial shots. Just keep in mind that no hand luggage is allowed on the floor by your feet in the first row – all carry-on bags will have to go in the overhead bins for take-off and landing.
Aisle versus window
Every frequent traveller has a preference: are you an aisle person or a window person? For long hauls, some travellers prefer the window because they sleep better with something to lean on. Those who get antsy and like to walk around or make frequent toilet trips prefer the aisle. Most of the major airlines with frequent flier programs will let you add your seating preference to your profile for future bookings.
Scope out connections
If you have a short window between flights and need to rush to make your connection, consider paying extra to sit near the front of the plane. It could mean the difference between cruising off the flight to your gate and waiting for everyone else in front of you to de-plane while you anxiously count the minutes until your next flight leaves without you.
Mobile travel tips
Once you arrive at your destination, here are some travel hacks for getting the most out of your mobile device:
- Charge your phone in flight mode – it will charge much more quickly.
- Keep chargers and headphones in a glasses case to avoid tangled cords.
- Don’t have the right adaptor? Plug a USB cable into your laptop or the hotel room TV to charge your phone.
- Bring a fully charged power bank with you if you’ll be travelling to a remote area without electricity.
- Before leaving for your trip, download a map of your destination on your smartphone so that you can check your position without using your data plan.
Top tip: for more inspiration, if you’re travelling on a specific budget, KAYAK’s online Explore tool helps you to discover the best flight deals within your set limit.
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