Important Travel Hacks Every Cosmo Girl Should Know

Join a travel rewards program that is actually worth it.

1. Know when to book your flight. Don't wait 'til the last minute to book your flight—you'll end up paying way more than you should. For flights during the off-season, book at least three months in advance. If you’re traveling during the peak season, a year to six months will work best.

2. When booking for a flight, clear your browser’s history. Some airline websites can track how many times you’ve visited their site, so they change their prices accordingly. Another hack you can do is surf in incognito mode. You're welcome!

3. Save time by checking in online. Some airlines will even let you check in 48 hours before the flight. We recommend you do this so you don't have to rush to the airport on the day of your flight. And because you’ll be able to print your boarding pass from home, you can just cat walk your way to the bag drop line.

4. Go paperless. Staying at a hotel without a printer? No problem! Do online check-in and save your boarding pass on your phone. Also, do your research and see if your airline has a mobile app—you never know what cool features they have!

5. Roll your clothes. Instead of laying clothes flat on top of each other, roll them up to save space in your luggage. Consider using resealable bags as well.

6. Consider renting apartments instead of hotels. They’re generally cheaper, and have received fantastic reviews online. You’ll also have access to basic amenities like kitchens and washing machines, so you’ll definitely get to save money, especially if you’re traveling with a group. For places you can rent, check out websites like AirBnB.com or Booking.com.

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7. Use old contact lense cases to store liquids and creams. Stash your liquid and cream beauty products in your carry-on baggage by transferring them to old contact lense cases. This will save you money from having to buy those travel-sized containers.

8. Take photos of your travel documents and passports on your phone. In case something terrible happens (like you leave your boarding pass or passport at Mcdonald’s while waiting for you flight), you’ll have copies of them with you. Finally, email copies of the documents to yourself to easily access them when you need them.

9. If you’re going abroad, call your banks. Inform them that you’ll be out of the country and that you might end up swiping your card overseas. Heads up: if you make a big purchase in a foreign country, some banks will call you up immediately to confirm the transaction for your safety. So don’t be surprised if an unregistered number calls your mobile phone after purchasing that designer hand bag.

10. Take a screencap of your hotel’s name and address to show it to your cab driver. It also wouldn’t hurt to also write it down on a little notebook that you can bring with you everywhere. Another tip is to Google search your hotel’s façade, so you know what to look for.

11. Join a travel rewards program that is actually worth it. Because wouldn’t it be amazing to fly for free? We particularly like Cebu Pacific’s GetGo lifestyle rewards program. Members can rack up points by purchasing tickets, seats, baggage, food, and more. The points you earn can eventually score you free local and international flights. Traveling with your barkada or family? You can pool your points together to purchase tickets for your next adventure. Don’t have enough points for Hong Kong? No problem! You can easily add cash to get your ticket—the website will compute it for you. And unlike other rewards programs, GetGo points don’t expire, as long as your account online is active. Know more about GetGo at http://www.getgo.com.ph

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