Travel tips gathered from years with over 200+ travel days

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Having spent the last few years traveling for 200+ days a year I have picked up a few tricks. Here is a few quickly scribbled down on my blackberry in Copenhagen airport 🙂
  • – Use earplugs or in-ear headphones when ever you move into the airport. Reducing all the sounds makes the trip through crowds less stressful.
  • – The trick to win the battle of the armrest is to place your elbow all the way on the back of the armrest. Then slowly apply more and more pressure as you squeeze the arm of person next to you of the armrest. Beware of people with prosthetic arms. Can be pretty embarrassing….
  • – Always check www.seatguru.com when checking in online. Here you can find the best tips on what seats to book in the different type of planes.
  • – Female immigration officers are almost always the quickest, so pick their line even if the cue is longer.
  • – if you have a crappy seat – tell the personal that you are willing to operate a security exit. Airlines are required to have an adult sitting in those seats and more often than not someone has booked online and traveling with their kids. They will be asked to be moved and the crew will ask someone else. If you have asked before they are very likely to move you there.
  • – if someone want to talk to you and you just want to sit and read – put on your headsets. Even if they are not connected – its the best and sometimes the only way to get people to shut up
  • – ask what the daily upgrade price is when you check in. Sometimes you can get into one class higher for a small fee. On long hauls its worth it.
  • – the best way to get free upgrades (beside being a gold card holder) is to board late. airlines seems to do last minute changes and by boarding late it seems to improve your changes. (don’t know if this is actually true – but it has worked for me most times). Please note that on short haul flights – you don’t want to risk this. As you want to get in early to claim the overhead space for your carry own 🙂
  • – best way to fall a sleep is to listen to some breathing exercises. On some airlines (e.g. virgin) they have it as one of their channels. It sounds weird – but its really worth it.
  • – if a loved one wants to know your travel plans use http://flightaware.com/ or http://www.flightstats.com. Both offers very detailed information about your flight. Sometimes you know more about whats going on used that site than what they tell you in the plane.
  • – if you go to e.g. the US a lot, then buy a local pay as you go sim card and place that in your secondary phone. you will save a ton of cash on roaming and data. My primary phone is a blackberry (with my uk number), my secondary phone is an iPhone. In the US i have bought a Att GoPhone pay as you go. I pay 3 dollars a day for all I can talk and $20 for 100mb of data. If you are there more than a day or two you can really save a lot of money.
  • – if you sit next to a smelly person – you can minimize the discomfort by pointing the airstream above you towards your shoulder. It will soften the smell by blowing it away to you. (can also be used if you are a bit smelly yourself 🙂
  • – I have found tablethotel.com to be a pretty consistent service for good value nice hotels. Its not the cheapest – but always have a pretty good value for money.
  • – get a kindle and forward all the stuff you never get to read to it.
  • – its okay to be annoyed with people who stand too close to the luggage belt.

 

Thats all I can come up with right now. Safe travels and please add tips to the comments. See you in transit 🙂

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  • Marcin Grodzicki
    November 26, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    You are the geekiest person ever 😀

  • Noah Brier
    November 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Nice one.

  • Casper Willer
    November 27, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Good sharing mate,How about the essential packing for 2-3 days of traveling?

  • Ditlev Bredahl
    November 27, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Also, Ignore the “EU-passport <-> Other Passport” thingie, just go for the shortest queue, I've yet to be turned down.And the point about boarding very late for cross-Atlantic trips _does_ actually work. I found out by co-incidence and have made it a standard rule ever since.

  • Oliver
    November 27, 2009 at 3:28 am

    The local sim card idea is great. I travel through Europe a lot and I have a small “sim card wallet” with sim cards from Germany, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Belgium and probably some more. it's tiny, but great value for local calls. In many countries you can even get sim cards that are specifically for people who want to call abroad as cheap as possible (e.g. lebara mobile, talkmobile etc.).another huge topic:compact luggage: bathroomMuji sells many very compact containers to fill with all the gels, cremes and whatever else you need. This way I can have a very small bag containing all bathroom needs with me. I have one that is compatible to the hand luggage requirements (short trips) and one for the suitcase. compact luggage: foldable hangersAwesome, but difficult to getCommunicating travels: I prefer Dopplr or at a pinch Tripit

  • Suzyinthesky
    November 27, 2009 at 3:55 am

    So I'm travelling to Thailand in January. That means flying from Copenhagen to Bangkok. Are you saying that getting my boarding pass and then *wait*.. and board very late, might improve my chances of getting upgraded? 🙂 If so, I'll give it a shot. Usually they put me in the back with the engines and restrooms, I of course hate that. Online check-in has fixed this for me.

  • Suzyinthesky
    November 27, 2009 at 3:55 am

    So I'm travelling to Thailand in January. That means flying from Copenhagen to Bangkok. Are you saying that getting my boarding pass and then *wait*.. and board very late, might improve my chances of getting upgraded? 🙂 If so, I'll give it a shot. Usually they put me in the back with the engines and restrooms, I of course hate that. Online check-in has fixed this for me.

  • eurotraveller
    November 27, 2009 at 6:24 am

    If you're going through several countries in Europe you can get a local SIM for each country or it may be beneficial just to get a European SIM. I've rented before from Cellhire. No contracts – just a weekly charge for as long as I've got it (plus the calls of course).

  • stevebillinger
    November 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    2 to 3 days packing.One brown cord jacket.3 blue or near blue shirts.1 tie2 dress jeans.1 sleeveless wool pullover – grey or black.1 pair good brown suede loafers.1 good short macintosh/raincoat – I have a blue Cole Haan2 argyle socks (wash in sink)3 underwear (wash in sync)2 white T-shirts (wash in sync)1 cotton rugby pants (wear as PJS and work out in them with T-Shirt)1 black dynaband (to work out in room)All packs in two Eagle Creek sleeves and a small carry on.Also one Kindle and iPhone (bring video out cable and mini to mini plug to watch movies on flatscreen TV and plug IPhone into back of radio Aux if no Docking station)

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