Five little-known travel tips to make your trip easier

Add these five travel tips to your arsenal and reap the rewards.

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Add these five travel tips to your arsenal to discover how to get the best seat in the house, back up all your photos on the go, get the lowest prices and pack like a pro.

Best seat in the house
Every aeroplane make and model is different, and they each have their own quirks when it comes to seating. Knowing where the emergency exit rows are, or that an emergency crew hatch on the floor means there is no seat in front of you (and thus more leg room), can mean the difference between a cramped flight and getting the best seat in the house. Websites such as SeatGuru.com and SeatExpert.com detail the pros and cons of each seat on different types of aeroplanes, so you know what you’re getting when you book.

Back up on the go
Losing your camera or smartphone on a trip is always a lowlight, but if you have travel insurance at least the device itself can be replaced. But what about all the photos of your trip that went missing? Backing up photos while you travel can be a pain, especially if you are using multiple devices. The Picture Keeper is a smart gadget that aims to solve this problem. It’s a USB storage device that automatically finds stores all your photos without creating duplicates. You can use it with multiple devices on the same trip, to be sure all your photos are backed up in one place. Just be sure to store the Picture Keeper and your other devices separately so, if something unfortunate occurs, you’ve always got a backup.

The six-month rule
When checking the expiry date on your passport, subtract six-months. Although in Australia you can use your passport right up to the date it expires, in some countries your passport will be deemed invalid if you have less than six-months left until the expiry date. To avoid being denied entry to your destination country, remember the six-month rule and get your passport renewed early.

Go undercover
When booking flights, accommodation, car rental, train tickets and more, it is best to use enable the privacy function on your Internet browser. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, open a new ‘incognito’ window. This is because travel company websites will sometimes track your visits and raise the price of the tickets simply because you’ve visited the website before. When you go incognito they don’t recognise you, so you’ll get the lowest price on offer.

Take your packing to the next level
Rolling, rather than folding, your clothes when packing for a trip is one of the best ways to avoid creases. This packing technique shown in this video improves again on the rolling system. Even better, it allows you to pre-select an entire outfit for each day, which means less time deciding what to wear (or being asked ‘Is that what you’re wearing?’ by your significant other) and more time for holiday fun.

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    Tom Tank
    20th Jul 2016
    11:13am
    Totally agree with backing up photos as they cannot be replaced if lost.
    The Picture Keeper seems to be a formatted flash drive that makes it easy to back up but NOT from a camera as far as I can see.
    I back up to my trusty old laptop which I use for emails etc when I travel. Since it is getting a bit long in the tooth now and it is not a question of if the hard drive will pack up but when, I will be doing a double back up ontop flash drives.
    A little touch of belt and braces.
    Saalbach
    20th Jul 2016
    11:55am
    We usually take our Samsung tablet with us on holidays (with a few movies loaded for when the TV is in another language) and I bought an attachment that allows me to plug in the SD card from my camera, and a USB flash drive. I then back up each day's photos onto the tablet and the flash drive each night. Murphy's Law then dictates that I won't have an issue with the camera, tablet or flash drive, and come home with 3 copies of my photos.
    stekmer
    22nd Jul 2016
    5:22am
    You don't really need a usb device (prone to loss, failure of theft) if you have an Android device (phone or Tablet) then you already have the option of Google Photos which will automatically backup your photo gallery to Google drive, which can then be accessed from any computer through Chrome.
    The images are saved as high quality (choose the setting when installing Google Photos) and its all free - other than the WiFi or data connection used for the backup - but with free WiFi access in most hotels it is usually not much of an issue.


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