10. Pack Your Bags More Efficientlyhow to pack like a flight attendant . They fly all the time, so they've learned to be efficient. For the most part it involves rolling your clothing to fit more and avoid wrinkles, along with packing items in the most efficient order. If that's not your style, you can always try the bundled wrapping method or take some tips from author and super-light traveler Tim Ferriss .
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9. Find a Cheap Place to Stay by Renting an Apartmentplanned an awesome last-minute vacation on the cheap , I saved a ton of money by using a home-renting service called Airbnb . By now you've probably heard of it, or something similar like VRBO andHomeAway , but if you have yet to give it a try you should consider it on your next trip. Not only can you grab an enormous, wonderful place for the price of—or even less than—a hotel room, but you'll even save food on trip costs because most places will have a kitchen where you can cook your own food (if you want to). You are renting from individuals, in most cases, so you will want to read reviews and choose a reputable place in a good area. Also, be sure to ask the owner any questions you may have ahead of time so you don't run into any problems when you arrive. With those things in mind, you should end up having a really great experience for less money.
8. Get a Better Rewards Card and Fly Cheap (or Free)have the best travel rewards card possible . As was explained in the Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide , often times you can sign up for an airline-branded credit card that will award you with several thousand miles as a bonus. Generally you will end up with enough miles to fly for free right away. Earning miles slowly and steadily isn't bad, but if you really want to get some cheap (or free) tickets you'll find the most success by picking the right cards.
7. Easily Refill Your Travel-Sized Itemsmake yourself as simple tube refiller out of sugru . This way you can buy one travel size and refill it using a larger size, allowing you to buy in bulk and save some cash.
6. Compare Transportation Type Costs to Find the Cheapest Methoduse this time and cost comparison calculator to discover which method of travel is best for you. Perhaps you won't be surprised after all, but it's worth a look to quickly find out if the better option isn't what you think.
5. Get Discounts at Retail Stores by Asking for a Tourist Discount Cardask if a store offers a tourist discount card to get discounts up to 11% on your purchases. Generally, all you have to do is show your out-of-state (or country) ID and you'll get a card to use with your purchases. This practice is most common at larger retailers and department stores, such as Macy's and Bloomingdales. You don't have to haggle—just ask.
4. Ask Retail Stores to Ship Your Purchases Home to Avoid Taxes and an Overstuffed SuitcaseWhile shopping isn't necessarily a primary attraction for everyone on vacation, most people come home with something new they picked up along the way. These items can be hard to fit in your suitcase, but most stores will ship them home for you for a small fee. Depending on how much you buy, this fee can be smaller than tax—which you won't have to pay at many stores if your order is being shipped out of state. It can save you money and hassle while traveling, so be sure to ask to have your order shipped home whenever possible.
3. Pack These Items for Added Security When Travelingitems you can pack to boost your safety . A secure bag or purse can help deter a robber. A rubber door stop can provide additional security in your room. An RFID-blocking wallet can help shield your passport from identity thieves. These are all pretty negligible items to bring with you, and there are more options if you want them.
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2. Protect Your Home While You're Awayprotect your home while you're away , however, by taking a few simple precautions. You can turn your Windows PC or Mac and webcam into a DIY security system. You can use motion-sensing lights and leave the radio on to appear like you're home. And just in case the worst happens, it's good to create a home inventory so you're ready to provide it to your insurance company should you need to make a claim.
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