December 11, 2014

Tis The Season To Travel. Top 10 Holiday Travel Hacks.

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If you’re one of the 94.5M Americans (30% of the country) anticipated to hit the roads and skies this winter, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the below holiday travel hacks that will help ensure smooth sailing into the New Year.

READY-SET-GIFT

When travelling around the holidays it’s always good practice to pack several generic gift cards (iTunes, Amazon.com, Starbucks, etc.) preparing you for instant reciprocation in the event of an unexpected gift.

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF POWER

Expect hoards of people to be surrounding the lone electrical outlet at your departure gate. Be self-sufficient by always remembering to travel with a mobile charger like PowerStick.

SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

If you ate more than your share of sweets and don’t have gym access, download the 7-Minute Workout App.  It can be done anywhere and claims to burn as many calories as a long run and weight training session combined. Who knew?!

GET PHOTOGRAPHIC

Snap a shot of your suitcase and contents packed. In the event it gets lost or stolen, you’ll have an exact and instant accounting and visuals of your MIA belongings.  Also snap a shot of where you park, whether at an airport garage, or mall parking lot so as to avoid a “Dude, Where’s My Car” moment.

GET HIP TO THE MUNK

Hipmunk is the ONLY way to book travel. You can even filter by “agony,” eliminating grueling layovers or super-expensive flight options.  Want to check out parts of town known for the best restaurants and nightlife?  Check out Hipmunk’s “Heatmaps” for a color-coded lay of the land.

POWER PLAY

Nothing worse than running out of juice in middle of your favorite show or video game, not to mention right when you’re about to present your mobile boarding pass. Oops. Download TruPwr, an app that extends battery life for video playtime and watch uninterrupted.

DELEGATE

Hate the idea of packing for a trip and stressing over what you’ll need? Make OneBag.Com do the work for you. This beneficial app will provide you with packing check lists for every kind of trip imaginable.

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT

Invest in Beats headphones that reduce volume without sacrificing the clarity of sound.  When the chrotchety man with hearing aid starts complaining about the level of your music, you can now happily oblige him by turning it down.

SIDESTEP STRESS

Avoid the lines, hassle and headaches of renting a car by downloading the Silvercar app and get ready to experience car rental the way it should be.  Seamless from reservation to return, Silvercar exclusively offers a fleet of silver Audi’s, fully loaded with complimentary GPS, Wi-Fi and Satellite Radio along with a Concierge staff ready to deliver next level customer service so you can hit the roads happy.

IF YOU DIDN’T RENT SILVERCAR

And aren’t able to take advantage of their fair fuel prices, check out GasBuddy.com, a crowd-sourced app which helps you find the most affordable gas nearby.  It’s definitely better than over paying at the pump, or even worse, shelling out up to 5 times the price of gas to your rental company for refueling.  Yikes!