Road trip or around the world, the thrill of traveling is one of exploration and exhilaration. Traveling is, arguably, the most rewarding way to spend your time and money. It is, however, not without its perils. Even the most seasoned traveler can fall foul to tricky airport regulations or lose their rental car in the winding oh-my-god-everything-looks-the-same streets of some small Italian town. Have no fear though, our travel ninjas (no seriously, they’re ninjas) have come to the rescue with their top 5 traveling life hacks. Follow these and you’ll glide through the unpleasantness of traveling and be transported to a world where exploration and excitement is all you need concern yourself with.
5 Go Incognito when booking
When you’re a traveling ninja booking flights, hotels, or hire cars online, be sure to switch your browser to incognito (with the use of the Google Chrome web browser). Many websites track your visits with cookies and will raise the prices of your bookings if you frequent their sites. This simple trick could save you hundreds on travel costs before you even leave home.
4 The roll is strong with this one
You think you know how to fold your clothes for packing? You don’t. Traditional folding will leave you red faced when you’re trying to force yours over packed bag closed after being told to open it by that more than slightly obnoxious border control lady (a situation that could just lead to a challenge to Mortal Combat – the game that is). Instead of folding your clothes, roll them up. Not only this gives you more space in your bag, the contents of your bag won’t get those ugly travel creases.
3 Buy a portable phone charger
The modern travel ninja is almost entirely reliant on his or her phone. They use it for navigation, finding great restaurants and entertainment, and taking the perfect selfie of course. The problem is with all that travel surfing is that you will likely have a dead battery in a matter of hours. Portable phone chargers are now cheap and easily available. Be sure to get a couple before you leave and keep them charged whenever you get a chance. This could just save you from getting lost because the last phone that still has a battery that you are using Google Maps on really does need to stay on!
2 Let the GPS guide you
This is one for those pesky Italian streets.
If you’re not sure you’ll be able to find your way back to your car, drop a pin on your phone’s GPS (learn how to here: http://bit.ly/1XMQnoR). When you have to unbutton the tops of your jeans because you ate too much of that nice old Italians lady’s homemade pasta, you’ll be able to easily roll back to your car.
1 Talk like a ninja
If you are an English speaking traveler, there is something you need to know: talking louder and slower does not suddenly give that enthusiastic Dutch man the ability to understand you. If you want to walk and talk like a traveling ninja then remember to purchase and spend a little time studying a phrasebook of the local language. Chances are you could probably even use YouTube as an inexpensive and effective alternative. Even the smallest selection of vocabulary will make your experience in a foreign country much easier.
Now that you are a fully fledged and licensed travel ninja (from the University of Euro Palace’s ninja division), it’s now time to show off your skills on Karate Pig. Test your skills against other ninjas to improve your own.