Pop quiz: You’ve been planning a dream trip for six months. Everything is booked and paid for, but a last-minute work emergency crops up and derails your plans. How can you recover your money?
Here’s another question: You’re flying from Barcelona to Madrid and want the least expensive fare. Sure, there’s a good price on Kayak.com, but there’s an even better fare on another Web site. What is it?
Secrets like these can often make our travel experience easier—or bring our vacations back from the brink of disaster. So over the past year, Travel + Leisure editors and correspondents have scoured the globe to unearth the best undiscovered tips and tools for traveling smarter, faster, safer, and more affordably.
We’ve broken down our secrets into three easy-to-navigate categories:
- Air Travel Secrets: Learn how to scout out the best seats on board and get discounts on business class air fare.
- General Travel Secrets: Here’s how to get free spa treatments at your hotel and snag a table at the hottest restaurants, like French Laundry in Napa Valley.
- City Travel Secrets: Find out how to score cheap Broadway tickets in New York and get into Berlin museums for free.
This year’s list is a handbook of insider advice. Whether you’re trying to extend the hold on your airline reservations, steer clear of traffic on the road, or avoid unnecessary ATM fees abroad, you’ll find all the right solutions.
And as this is the second time we’ve published a comprehensive list of travel secrets, we have even more advice to add to your suitcase. See our list of secrets from 2007.
We’d also love to hear your travel secrets. Last year, we issued a similar request and received all sorts of great submissions, like how to make sure all your possessions are covered if the airline loses your bag and the best way to dine like a local. (See the best user-submitted travel secrets from 2007.) And we named some runner-ups: these readers told us the best time to book flights and where to go to pick up authentic souvenirs. (See runner-up travel secrets from 2007.)
So we’re asking again for your favorite secrets—those under-the-radar nuggets of advice that you’ve amassed from your experiences. As with last year, we’ll publish the best ones.
So take our advice and share some of your own. Most importantly, get out there and explore—it’s the only way to use travel secrets and the best way to unearth new ones.
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