10 Tech Hacks Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Sophie Miura

From finding the best flight deal to getting a good Wi-Fi connection at the airport, some parts of traveling can be stressful—but they don't have to be. The team at AOL has rounded up the best technology hacks to save you time and money next time you head abroad. Read on for our cheat sheet to the 10 hacks every tech-savvy traveler should know. 

  1. Access maps offline. Use offline navigation by typing "OK maps" into the Google Maps search bar. It will save the portion of the map you have open and allow you to use the map even if you lose Internet connection. 
  2. Unlock your phone. If you're planning to buy a local SIM card overseas to save money on calls and data, make sure you don't forget this simple pre-trip step: Unlock your phone. It sounds simple, but this common mistake could cause you a lot of frustration at your destination. 
  3. Reserve the best airline seat. TripAdvisor's SeatGuru allows you to search for your specific flight and browse the seating guide to find the best option.
  4. Clean up your cookies. Some airline websites use site cookies to track your search history. Be sure to clear your cookies before booking.
  5. Find free Wi-Fi. Don't waste time testing out multiple airport Wi-Fi accounts. Simply type "free wifi airports" into FourSquare for tons of information about where to find a hassle-free connection. 
  6. Speed charge your phone. Put your phone on airplane mode while charging to speed up the process. 
  7. Call friends for free. Keep in touch with friends and family with free calls and text messages using Google Voice and Hangouts. All you need is a working Internet connection.
  8. Charge your phone without an adaptor. Forgot to pack a power adaptor? Most hotel televisions have a USB port you can use to charge your phone. 
  9. Share photos with ease. Set up an AirDrop album on iOS to share travel snaps with friends instantly. 
  10. Find out if your flight is on time. Simply type your flight number into Google and it will give you up-to-date information about your flight status.

Ready to plan your trip? Shop our edit of stylish travel accessories for every budget, then visit AOL for more savvy tech travel hacks.

Do you know of any technology hacks that make traveling a breeze? Share your advice in the comments below.

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