It's time to hack your life with travel hacks from Cover-More Travel Insurance. We've been around the globe and back again to bring you the smartest travel tips on travel planning.

Travel hacks for getting around

  • Use Google Maps offline by typing 'OK Maps' instead. The visible area will save for you to access later. Use the airport Wi-Fi or your home connection to look at maps online and save them for later. Put your phone in airplane mode; the GPS will still connect without causing you to rack up massive data fees.
  • Use ATMs to get local currency instead of using a money changer. If you have taken a look at our top travel hacks for avoiding scams abroad, you know that money changes are often scam artists looking to steal your money. Use ATMs, even if there is a small fee associated, for a safe way to get the right currency. ATMs dispense local currency, so use your debit or credit card to get money there.
  • Use the local language as much as possible. You will often find locals more receptive to travellers attempting the local language, even if it doesn't come out right.
  • Store your money in a lip balm tube to avoid falling victim to thieves. Hollow out a lip balm tube and it makes a perfect place for paper bills.
  • Use beer to tell if a restaurant is overpriced. When you first arrive at your new destination, see how much a beer costs, and then compare beer at restaurants to this standard price. As a rule of thumb, if the beer is overpriced the food will be, too.
  • Looking to see all the attractions on your next trip? City tourist cards offer awesome savings, even if they cost a little extra up front. As a general rule, city tourist cards save you about half off the cost of seeing the attractions individually.
  • Look online and plan your schedule around free days. Most museums have special discount times or free nights. Some museums even offer free visiting hours.

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