Travelers' Best Tips
So we teamed up with CNN to solicit advice from its seasoned iReporters as part of our Ways to Travel Better campaign—and posed some questions to get them going. What's your secret to navigating a crowded airport? How about a tip for nabbing a table at the hottest restaurant in town? Do you have a favorite money-saving app or website?
"Use the bookmark feature on Yelp to map the things you're interested in checking out," suggested Amelia Jo Hruby of Chicago, "so you're not running across town all day."
Other iReporters chimed in with tips for packing, from keeping essential medicines in a ready-to-go bag to stashing a pair of socks in your carry-on, so you don't have to tread where thousands of travelers' bare feet have been.
Read on for more of their advice, and tell us what indispensable lessons you've learned on the road in the comments below—or on Twitter with hashtag #TravelBetter.
For the complete list of 100 ways to travel better, check out T+L's December issue and tablet editions.
“Buy tickets to major sights online before you go. You can skip the long ticket lines when you get there.” —David McTier, Huntsville, Texas
“When packing, choose your shoes first, and then the clothes that work with them. Look for neutral and flexible colors for the greatest versatility.” —Quia Querisma, Plano, Texas
“For complicated trips, I like flight-research startup site Flightfox, where experts compete to help you reduce the total cost of your ticket by fare hunting and tapping regional budget carriers.” —Vince Wong, New York, New York
“Be patient and don’t cash in your miles to fly domestically—save them for the big-ticket international airfare.” —Matthew Colver, Castle Rock, Colorado
Socks in Carry-On
“I keep a pair of socks in my carry-on. I slip them on so I don’t have to touch the ground where thousands of other travelers’ feet have been.” —Heather R. Helline, Cleveland, Ohio
“Ask at the ticket counter if you can buy an upgrade. Depending on availability, some airlines let you do it at a heavily discounted price.” —Stefanie Kronemeyer, Boston, Massachusetts
“Keep essential medicines—Benadryl, Cipro, Imodium, and motion-sickness medicine such as Dramamine—on hand. I’ve saved both myself and my travel companions from a ruined vacation.” —Fareesa Abbasi, Hong Kong, China
Finding the Best Restaurants
“Follow the crowd to the best restaurants. I discovered the best shu mai dumplings in Hong Kong by choosing a place that was overflowing with locals.” —Tausha Cowan, New York, New York