Travel Like a Pro this Summer

Posted by Jo-Anne Larre on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 11:05am.


Summer has arrived, the weather’s warm and vacation season is in full swing.  Chances are you’ll be catching a flight this summer - whether you’re going domestic or international, use these tips for a more enjoyable and efficient flying experience.

Find affordable flights with these apps: 

Skiplagged - shows you hidden-city ticketing options to get you a flight for up to 50% less.

Hopper - predicts upcoming price trends

Has your flight fare lowered since you booked?

Contact the airline - some will give you the difference back in credit.

Give up your seat for a travel voucher.

If you’re not in a rush to get to your destination and you find yourself on an overbooked flight, let the ticketing counter know.  They may offer you a travel voucher for giving up your seat.

Long day of travel ahead? 

Head to the airport’s website to pre-book an airport lounge pass.  Gain access to a quiet space with complimentary refreshments, magazines, WiFi, etc.  There is an upfront fee, but it provides a relaxing start to your travels.

Bonus Tip: Email yourself a digital copy of your driver’s license and passport in case they are lost or stolen. 


Even if you’re only travelling for a few days, a well-packed suitcase can save you time and stress, both at the airport and your final destination.  Here’s how to pack like a pro! 

  • Make a packing list ahead of time.
  • Download eBooks and movies onto your mobile device, tablet, or laptop for more room in your carry-on.
  • Wear heavier shoes and coats during travel to save space in your suitcase. 
  • Roll, don’t fold your clothing.  
  • Swap out your old broken zipper suitcase for a lighter, more modern one.  Checking luggage can be a hassle. If you can, travel with just your carry-on.
  • For the perfect long-haul trip, invest in some good quality, noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Earplugs can come in handy both on the plane and in your hotel.  Don’t forget to bring a pair.
  • Portable chargers can save the day when power outlets are in shorty supply.  If you can’t live without your device, bring a charger with you. 

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