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Personal Growth - January 2015

Five 'Lifehacks' to take the stress out of travel

Turn the complex process of jetting off into something simple with our pick of the best lifehacks to leave you feeling rested, relaxed and ready for touchdown.  

You’ve got your tickets, your bags are packed and you’re on your way to the airport. Again. Whether it’s for leisure or for work, travel can take its toll. And while some believe it’s all about the journey, not the destination, we know that departure lounges, noisy passengers and the thought of getting lost in a strange city are not things you want to focus on. Keep things simple with these five lifehacks to make travelling more enjoyable.

 

1.   Your phone is your friend

Delays don’t feel so daunting if you have something to keep you entertained . Here are a host of innovative ideas and apps to make your trip easier.

  • Albums, podcasts, TED talks – whatever you like to listen to, make sure you download some audio inspiration before you travel.
  • Never leave something off your list again thanks to Packing Pro, a customisable tool that helps organise the contents of your suitcase.
  • Once you’ve arrived, keep track of your spending with the XE currency app.
  • Calculate how much of a tip you should leave no matter where you are with Tipping Bird.
  • A smile and a polite ‘thank you’ in the local lingo will take you places – use iTranslate to turn your words into more than 70 available languages.

2.   Swap your hotel room for a home

Finding a home away from home doesn’t have to be a cliché – increasingly, savvy travellers are learning to live like locals thanks to a number of sites offering affordable alternatives to hotel rooms.

  • From castles to loft apartments and country cottages, accommodation marketplace Airbnb has more than 500,000 listings – all you need to do is select a destination.
  • What about your pad back home? Rather than have it sitting vacant while you are away, it might be worth considering a house swap. It takes minutes to list your property and could open up a world of holiday opportunities – plus, your accommodation costs are taken out of the equation.

 

3.   Go-to gadgets from travel gurus

Until the scientists of tomorrow perfect the art of teleportation, we’ll have to contend with long-haul flights to get to our desired destinations. But that does not mean there aren’t a few inventive gadgets on the market to make the whole experience a little easier.

  • Think portable scales to ensure you don’t exceed your luggage weight limit, compression bags to save space when packing and personal air purifiers for the plane.

 

4.   Your money never takes a holiday

Make your money work for you by joining a loyalty scheme

  • Use a travel card to offer much-needed peace of mind when spending money abroad. Many travel cards can be loaded with up to 10 currencies and enabling a traveller to lock in exchange rates prior to arrival at their destination – meaning you can wave au revoir to expensive transaction fees and commissions.
  • Flights, hire cars, accommodation – the more you see of the world, the more points you can be saving up to put towards your next big adventure.

 

5.   Solo travel can still be social

Fancy sharing a few beers with someone you’ve never met before? It’s not as random as it sounds. Thanks to a number of organisations operating across various social media platforms, you never need to eat or drink alone in the big city – or rural village – again.

  • From EatWithMe (where members are invited to dine in homes around the world) to various volunteer greeter sites, you’ll soon realise that, despite the unfamiliar surroundings, there’s always a stranger ready to take you under their wing.

 

Travel doesn’t have to be a trial – make your next trip effortlessly easy with these innovations.

Just as our experts can help you with complicated financial matters, our innovative lifehacks series is aimed at helping you make complex life matters – simple. 

Important note – The above lifehack provides general information only and is not advice.  ANZ makes no representation as to its accuracy, adequacy or completeness.