Warm white sand beaches, a tropical drink in hand and several days of no-work emails? Sounds good.
Holidays and travel are some of the things we are most looking forward to and are afraid of. Finding a good business on a flight, packing all the clothes you want to bring with you, and getting the house ready for the time feels like a big job before you travel.
Fortunately, it's a travel week at CNET and we're doing less stressful tasks. In this guide, you will learn how to save moneypick the right and pack well and from burglars and disaster while you're away are and more
Armed with the right information, your trip can be almost as relaxing as your vacation. Nearly.
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How to Find Cheap Flights
Traveling the world is wonderful. But travel the world for cheap? It is even better.
Your first stop should be Google Flights. It compares the air fares of different airlines and helps to find ways to save more, for example when choosing a different departure date or when departing from another (but nearby) airport. The historical price data even tells you when to book your flight.
Take a look at the 7 reasons why Google Flights beat other travel search sites.
The only packaging advice you'll ever need
Packing your clothes seems to be so easy that it takes you 30 minutes to get to the airport and you're desperately trying to force yourself into luggage closed.
Next time, be strategic as you pack. Whether it's about stacking items in order of importance in a carry bag or experimenting with different methods to package your clothes in your checked bag.
Oh, and before you choose the bag (s) for your trip, save time and additional baggage costs by missing your luggage. If you only want carry-on luggage, check with your airline for the maximum carry-on size.
If you often act against the maximum baggage weight of your checked baggage (which is 50 pounds or 23 kilograms for most carriers), invest in a luggage scale. It helps keep your bag below maximum weight and avoid excessive baggage charges. It will pay off, considering that most US airlines charge $ 75 and more for overweight bags (British Airways charges £ 65, with Quantas $ 78). A luggage scale costs only $ 10 (£ 7, AU $ 13).
Unpack the unexpected
When you create your packing list for your next trip, there are some unexpected but very helpful things that will make your journey a little easier. A plastic garbage bag, motorhome stripes and dryer sheets should all come into your bag. Take a look at Taylor Martins guide to 9 unusual but invaluable things to bring along on your next trip to see why.
Keep your home safe when you're not there
Are you ready to go on vacation to your house? To reassure you, you can
to protect against burglars, water leaks, fires and other disasters. You can even save energy while you're away by setting the maximum and minimum temperatures of your Smart Thermometer. Learn how to secure your Smart Home while traveling.
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