20 Travel Tips and Hack From Experienced Traveler

Are you planning to get a vacation abroad? See these travel tips and hack from Jeanine Amapola, an experienced travelers and also a YouTuber. Some of these travel tips will be very useful for you.

Watch her video below. You also could read the transcription.


Hey, guys, it’s Janine and welcomes back to my channel, and hello from Norway. I’m currently in Norway as we speak and as you’re watching this video, which is so exciting.

I have currently been traveling the whole of Scandinavia. I’ve been to Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and my last final stop is Norway, and it’s been an amazing trip.

Today’s video, since I am travelling abroad I thought what better video to do and then all my ultimate travel life hacks and tips for you guys. I have a list of like 20 things, 20 tips, and life hacks, that will help you guys out when you’re traveling abroad or even domestic, doesn’t matter.

20 Travel Tips And Hack

But these are my best 20 tips for you guys hopefully you find them helpful.

1. Check Your Flight 24 Hours Beforehand

So my first tip is always checking for your flight 24 hours beforehand. I know this is typically what you’re supposed to do, but if you do this, you’re normally able to get some sort of upgrade, or you’re able to change your seat.

And if they automatically select a seat for you like, say you got a middle seat in the back row, and you don’t want that, always check in 24 hours because that way you can adjust your seat and you can probably get a free upgrade.

so always, always do this.

2. Tips For Changing Your Seat

My next tip is, if you are at the gate and you’re about to board and you don’t have the desired seat that you really want, or if you want to check your bag and you don’t really want to be lugging it around, what you can do is at the gate you can ask them if there are any available seats that are left over that are like not in the middle or in the back.

Because normally what they do is they will reserve a couple of seats for people who want to upgrade, or the people who are supposed to check in for their flight and never did. They’ll release them about 15 minutes before the fly, and then they’ll just give them free rein for anybody who wants them.

So if you want to upgrade or switch your seats, you can always ask the flight attendant or whoever’s working at the gate if you can switch. Most of the time you can.

Also if you’re carrying a carry-on suitcase and you just don’t want to carry it with you, or you don’t be lugging around, if you just prefer to check it, they will always check it for free at the gate. If you don’t want to pay to check a suitcase, this is the place to do it. Just ask them they can check it in for you and they will and they will do it free of charge.

So that’s just a little tip a trick for you guys.

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3. Use Expedia and Ebates

My next tip is crucial in its Expedia and Ebates, and taking advantage of both of those. Now this is not sponsored or anything, but expedient and Ebates are both online services.

So Expedia is a website where you can book hotels, rental cars, and your plan tickets through this website. And Ebates is a website where you can get cash back by shopping online.

Ebates works in conjunction with Expedia. You can get 10 percent cashback when you purchase a flight or something through Ebates on Expedia.

If you have the Ebates little on the online extension, it’s a web extension when you go to xpt; it will pop up and say activate 10 percent cashback. You push that button, and when you make a purchase, you will get 10 percent cashback. And it comes in like a month or two or so. But it is seriously such a great little handy tool, and you get basically your money back which is so nice. So definitely take advantage of both of these together.

4. Always Compare Uber VS Lyft

When you’re traveling always compare uber versus lyft because each one has different rates. So lyft may be cheaper, or uber may be cheaper, so don’t just settle for one. Definitely have both apps because they do have different rates. And one may have a price search at one time when the other one may not. So always check both of these before getting the ride.

If you’re traveling abroad, always take a picture of your passport or print out a physical copy because you never know what can happen. You could lose it; someone could steal it you never know. So always print out a little extra copy, or at least have some sort of like picture of it on your phone because you just never know.

5. Tell Your Bank You’re Going Abroad

When you’re traveling, always like your bank know that you’re traveling abroad. So I’m signing with Wells Fargo, so I’m always able to let them know that I’m traveling abroad. And you can pick which credit card you’re bringing with you.

This way if you travel abroad and you don’t let them know then they might think that someone stole your credit card in Phillips or different countries trying to charge you. So always let your bank know by calling them or doing it online.

So I let my bank know that I’m traveling abroad, and also which cards I was bringing. That way they don’t cancel your card when you’re abroad, because that would be so bad if they did.

6. Take Only $100 Cash

Whenever you’re traveling, you’re bought as well, only take out max $100 first in each country because you don’t want to be carrying around a bunch of cash.

Because the chances of being robbed or something like that a little bit higher when you’re traveling abroad if you’re a tourist because they know you’re tourists. And they’re going to target you a little bit more, so don’t take out too much cash initially.

7. Don’t Take It Out At The Airport

And in other tip is don’t take it out at the airport. The airport has higher conversion rates, they’re going to be charging you a little bit extra so don’t take it out there.

Always take it out in like an ATM or some other place when you’re in the actual country, but never at the airport because the airport like to take advantage of tourists and people traveling and they like to charge higher. So never do that.

8. Always Bring Extra Outfit

My next tip is always to bring an extra outfit on your carry-on. I have learned this the hard way so many times. I’ve lost my suitcase about two or three times now, and I showed up in a place with no toothbrush, no makeup, nothing.

So from here now I’m always bringing the extra pair of like underwear, pants, like a full-on outfit. Bring them and make up with me some small toiletries, like always pack that with you in case something happens to your suitcase. Because unfortunately, it happens to the best of us okay.

9. Secure Your Suitcase From Getting Lost

So to avoid your suitcase getting lost or something if you’re going to be traveling abroad, this is what I did. Which has been really difficult honestly trying to fit it all on my suitcase.

But if you’re going to be traveling abroad and you’re afraid of your suitcase getting lost, what you need to do is you need to be avoiding as many layers as possible and also short layover times. So if you’re going to be traveling abroad, try to pick a flight that has the least lay overs and a little bit longer of layover time. If your layover is too short, then they might have a hard time transferring your suitcase from one slide to the next, which results in your suitcase getting lost or stuck in another country.

The least layover isn’t the least amount of times they’re transferring their suitcase with the better. If they keep transferring it four to five times or whatever, it increases the chances of your suitcase is lost.

So that’s just another little tip for you if you’re going to be traveling abroad.

10. Prevent Jetlag With These Item

prevent jet lag

If you want to be traveling abroad and you’re traveling somewhere that has a really big time difference than where you currently live, these two things are going to be your best friend when you travel abroad.

So this is called jet zone,this prevents jet lag. And the effects of jet lag like feeling groggy tired and all that. You take it like consecutively for the next two hours before you land to the next place, you won’t feel the effects of jet lag.

And then this is melatonin. Melatonin helps you sleep. So when you’re supposed to be sleeping and your body can’t, just pop one of these, and you will be able to go to sleep a lot better.

These have been so helpful for me traveling abroad. I recommend you guys to purchase these if you’re going to be traveling abroad. You can get both of these at Whole Foods.

11. Use Spotify Offline

Ok so if you’re a Spotify user like I am, then you know that your music is it’s streaming. So you can’t use it when you’re on the plane. So what I do is I make like five or six playlists, all go offline. That way I can listen to them at any time doesn’t require internet.

So if you’re going to be traveling abroad or just even anywhere, always make your playlist offline. That way you can still listen to your music when you’re on the plane.

Cuz there’s nothing worse than not having music on a plane or like a long flight. So always make sure you do this, make sure you have some playlists that are offline, so you can have your jams still when you’re traveling.

12. Over The Shoulder Zipped Bag

If you’re going to be traveling abroad like when I went to Paris, and even here everyone recommended me to get it over the shoulders zipped up bag.

So if you’re gonna be traveling abroad, tourist are usually targets for theft and stuff like that, and pickpocketers. So when I was in Paris, everyone warned me so much about pickpocketers there.

Always I have a bag that’s over your shoulder, so if someone can’t just rip it off your shoulder and run away with your bag. And have it always zipped up so they can’t just stick their hand in there. Always have it zipped up, over your shoulder. That way it lowers the chances of you being pickpocketed. So highly recommend you guys do that.

13. TSA PreCheck & Global Entry

So if you don’t currently have TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, what I recommend you guys to do is a hundred percent get Global Entry Global. Entry includes TSA PreCheck, and it’s only 15 dollars more. It just makes a lot more sense again than TSA PreCheck.

Unfortunately I was a dumb-dumb head, and I got to say pre-check, and then I noticed later at that Global Entry included TSA PreCheck and is only 15 dollars more, and I was like what did they not do that. Before you look into getting TSA PreCheck I just recommend you guys do Global Entry because it covers everything for the next five years. So definitely take advantage of that.

14. Download Offline Maps On Your Phone

Okay so if you’re not gonna be getting an international plane or something like that, and you are just gonna go, and you are gonna go to country and you’re not gonna be using internet on your phone, but you need a way to get around, what you should do is before you leave is download the region or the country countries map offline.

So when I went to Greece I wasn’t exactly sure what my service was gonna look like, so what I did was I downloaded each Islands map before I went.

That way I could still know where I was going, I could still get directions, but I could get it offline. So definitely do that. But it does take some space off your phone just FYI. But I highly recommend you guys do that because that way you never have to worry about getting lost.

15. Suction All Your Clothes To Save Room

I came to Norway with only hand carry-on suitcase. Like I said earlier which has been such a struggle trying to fit my stuff in my suitcase.

This has been a freaking lifesaver game-changer, thanks to my roommate Morgan over here she’s sitting over here in the little corner. She taught me to suction all my clothes with bags. Well, there are things you can purchase on Amazon, like things that specifically do this. They suction at the air for you.

But you want a cheaper alternative and something that’s a little bit you know less, takes like it’s a little bit less space, than what you needed just some plastic bags I literally took this from my hotel and you’re just going to suction all the air out of your bag and then tie it up really well and just stick it in your suitcase. It’s gonna save you so much room.

This has been a game changer for me here Norway, and it’s getting a via so definitely can you guys do that.

16. Travel On Wednesday

My next tip is to try and travel on Wednesday, as Wednesday’s are a low traveled a majority of the time, so flights are a lot cheaper then. So what I’m going to Dallas next in the 21st, I’m flying in on Wednesday and, I’m leaving on a Wednesday because that’s when the flights are the cheapest.

So always try and book a flight on Wednesday if you can’t, because that is when your flights are gonna be the cheapest.

17. Pack Some Oat Meals For Quick Meal

My next tip is for you hungry people out there which is always mean what you can do is pack oatmeal. So basically I purchased some Quaker Oats packets, and I stuff like four or five of these in my backpack. And all you need is just some hot water.

So if you’re gonna be traveling, and you’re hungry, and you want something to eat, and you don’t be spending money just ask a restaurant for like a cup of hot water, pour your little open packet in it, and boom you have an instant meal.

I did this in Finland, and every morning when I woke up, I just had a great delicious breakfast. It was free basically. So definitely do this, this will save you money and almost everywhere it’s gonna offer you hot water basically. So definitely definitely do this.

18. Always Bring a Converter

Another tip is for you ladies or whoever is using hair tools, if you’re gonna be bringing a hair tool then you will need something like this. If you’re going to be traveling abroad, you want a specific converter for heating tools.

I learned this the hard way. I was in London; I stuck my straightener in the outlet and what happened, lost my straightener, and was just fried. I literally just throw away an expensive straightener.

Learning from my mistake and get one that is specifically for heating tools. It has like a cool little setting on the top that says lowest for shavers, hit medium is for hair straighteners, stylers, and then a high is for hair dryers. So get one of these. So you can get this at Target. Really recommend you guys do this everyone to be traveling abroad.

19. Internet Tethering

Internet tethering. If your phone or your service provider allows you to get internet tethering I highly recommend it. This has saved my life, especially being a YouTuber, this has helped me so much traveling abroad. Because a lot of the time countries or places don’t have Wi-Fi. They charge you for Wi-Fi, services spotty or whatever. So basically I’m able to get internet on my computer, working off of my phones provider.

So you basically make your phone into a little hotspot, and your I’m able to upload my videos, work off my computer, and be anywhere. I can be in a car, I mean the airport, anywhere I want that has basically service or on my phone.

It is a little bit extra but if you don’t want to worry about Wi-Fi meeting places that I’m really recommend you to try this. It is actually like I said but I do think it’s so worth it.

20. Take Advantage of a Very Long Layover

Okay guys this is the last and final tip. What you can do if you’re not on a rush to get somewhere abroad, is you can take advantage of a very long layover. And you can make it into a basically a second vacation spot.

For example on my way to Greece, I had a very long layover in London. And I purposely did that. That way I could see London on my way to Greece. So I had a friend who lived in London, and I stay with her one night, I got to explore London a bit. It wasn’t a very long trip, but I still did get to say I went to London, I got to stamp. And I got to explore the city, and then I went off to Greece.

So if you can do it, I definitely recommend it. It’s a really cool way to kind of get two vacations out of one. It’s a cool little fun life fact for you guys.

So those are all my life hacks and this video. I hope you guys found it extremely helpful beneficial. What was your most favorite live fact that you found useful and where do you want to travel to next?

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