Any Procedures or Actions That Solve a Problem, Simplify a Task, Reduce Frustration, and Make Your Next Trip As Awesome As Possible
by Keith Bradford
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Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 07 Oct 2021
Traveling is full of exciting new experiences and discoveries—but it can also be expensive, disorganized, and stressful if you don’t know the insider tricks to make it simpler. Travel Hacks includes hundreds of expert guidelines, hacks, and DIYs for staying relaxed while you plan, book, pack, and travel to your next destination.
Including more than 600 handy tips for everything from how to score discounts on transportation to packing efficiently and avoiding lines, delays, and crowds, Travel Hacks will make every aspect of your travel experience hassle-free. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or about to embark on you first trip, this is the all-inclusive guide to the stress-free vacation of your dreams.
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Really useful. Full of quick tips. I liked the information on useful websites most of all. Parts of it are likely only useful to people in the US, but the majorly are definitely relevant across the board.
Travel Hacks by Keith Bradford is a reference book that you will want to keep close at hand for all of your upcoming adventures, both near and far. I consider myself to be fairly well-versed in the tips and tricks of travel, but there were many suggestions here that I have never before considered, particularly for journeys closer to home, such as car maintenance tips etc. This is a handy guide for any traveller, no matter how seasoned, and I would venture to say that anyone reading these hacks will find something new to add to their travel modus operandi, thereby enhancing the overall journey.
This is a wonderfully beneficial book that I would recommend highly to travellers and adventurers everywhere.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Adams Media for an ARC.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Adams Media for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a fun book, full of useful tips on ways to improve traveling. By air, car and sea. A lot of the information is fairly basic but still useful and good reminders. There is probably something new to learn for everyone. It discusses traveling with children and pets. 4 stars
This is a great book! I’m still planning for my summer vacation and this read was very helpful.
It’s full of hacks and ‘secrets’ like when you should buy a ticket, how to pack and how to stay safe.
The style is perfect for its purpose, in fact it’s a simple list without any unnecessary things.
I really recommend it to everyone who likes traveling :)
I received an advance copy of, Travel Hacks, by Keith Bradford. This book has the most amazing information on traveling, from when to book, to how much money to bring.
I'm not an inveterate traveller; while I've certainly seen more countries than I've had years on this earth, some of them are because I've glimpsed or flown over them, and you can take a few notches off for ones I passed through without spending the night (hello, Belarus and Luxembourg, two or three times). So I could write a few tips-cum-anecdotes, such as 'don't worry, you can tote a half-full bottle of water through Istanbul airport because they don't give a shit and you don't have to worry about the airside water-bottle dispenser that fleeces everyone else' and 'don't worry, you can tote nail scissors and anything you like on internal Jordan flights because they don't give a shit either', but I could not hope to emulate the contents of this book.
Not many people, in truth, could emulate the contents of this, because they are at times suitably bizarre. So brief are the suggestions, tips and demands, I have no idea why some are even here. Why can't you pack playing cards in your hand luggage in North America?! (Speaking of which, this book is definitely weighted towards the US, with their websites and apps, and their rules for taking alcohol on board planes that are most alien to us Brits.)
That said there is some sterling advice – the packing of extra stuff to beat luggage and weight requirements within the case of your travel pillow; the threading of chain necklaces through a drinking straw to stop them tangling; and so on. The entire gamut of how to travel well is suitably covered, so we've left home with a mug and a coin in our freezer and are expecting to let our footwear join them, and we now know how to be of interest to zoo animals. The book is designed to be a pleasant, light and easy read, so it's not hectoring, it's just two or three factoid-sized sentences per page (or a list that cheekily has every entry as one of the numbered tips herein) presented in a most readable large font, with a scarce illustration. At least it admits to the traveller's worst bugbear, the uncontrollable hotel thermostat, and it loses much kudos for being so scaremongering and OTT about Covid, but it works at what it wants to do. The very idea you should never carry your own backpack is a sterling suggestion, and I think this has enough to raise an eyebrow of both a true globetrotter and the passport-less Yank. I'm glad I got to read it.
If you like to travel then this is the book for you. I wish I had read it before my last trip. This book is full of all kinds of hints divided into easy to use sections for whatever kind of travel you might be doing. The authors share apps that are also helpful. I really wished I had had the bathroom app Flush on my last trip. The hints for purchasing plane tickets and reservations can help the traveler save money. If you travel a lot you will enjoy this book. I even took some screenshots of some hints so they would be easy to find later on. Grab this book before planning your next trip.
This is a short, yet packed, book full of travel hints that are for those who seldom travel to those that travel often. There is something for everyone in this book. I appreciated how the tips were organized and grouped along with the great index at the end. Both of these qualities would make this book a real reference tool that could be accessed easily to refresh memories or find specific information. I am a comfortable traveller that has done a great variety of different types of trips and I found myself writing notes on things I did not know.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Adams Media for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a book of ideas and hints.
Definitely recommend to those who have traveled a little and extensively. I found lots of great hints that I already do but there are some gems in there that I never knew before.
What a wonderful gift for those who are graduating or getting married or divorced.
A great resource for all travelers. Their are tips and tricks on booking (best time to purchase for cheapest ticket - I've always wondered this. Will have to try it), how to pack (I always overpack, probably still will even after reading this) and keep your stuff smelling fresh, folding vs. rolling, how not to get the special pat down at security. So many things that I should have figured out by now as a seasoned traveler but never paid attention. I particularly like how it's all bullet points instead of paragraphs making it easier to find a point you might want to go back to. I will definitely change the way I do some things now.
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. I enjoyed the many tips and suggestions that were mentioned in this book. This book is great for anyone planning their next vacation.
This book is super useful to travelers who are strating to planning on next trip. It's incredibly clear to understand and the tips are so much helpful. Thanks to the author for writing exactly what a person needs to keep in mind for a better experience of travelling. Easy 5 stars!
At first, I would like to thank Netgalley and Adams Media for allowing me to review this book. Keep in mind that my review, however, is my true opinion on this book.
“Travel Hacks” by Keith Bradford is a book of all the travel hacks you could ever think of and a bunch more you have never thought about. This is a book that will for sure help you when you travel.
If you feel stressed, when you have to travel, this is the perfect book for you. If you need some tips for traveling, this is a perfect book for you. If you love traveling, this is the perfect book. I will for sure come back to this book the next time I have to travel because this is the perfect book of tips.
Easy and important tips! This is a great book of travel hacks!
But when you read this book, you will want to travel right this second. So be aware of that!
It’s been over a year now and I have to admit, even I (who does not like to fly and would rather stay inside with a book) am antsy for travel. I miss my family and I miss being able to go somewhere. Not just a drive but go somewhere far. I miss the opportunity and dreams that travel affords us.
Which is why I was happy to read Travel Hacks.
With 600 tips on traveling, I let myself be pulled back into a world where we could hop on a plane and travel wherever we want to. (Or, in my case, somewhere that is family friendly that also has a pool.)
A lot of the travel tips I wasn’t aware of (early Disney admissions anyone?) and some are plain helpful (air travel and kids). I think for a seasoned traveler, some of these might be common knowledge, but I like that it got me thinking about traveling again.
Told by numbered hacks, it’s easy to read and gives tips on travels with kids, car rides and international travel.
We haven’t traveled in a very very long time since before the pandemic. Travel Hacks got me back into the travel mind set as well as providing useful tools to make my first vacation painless.
It’s the perfect book for prepping that big trip that you’ve now been planning for over a year.
This book is chock-full of great travel tips. It would be a great gift for your friend of family member who loves to travel. I learned several great tips to save time and money for myself.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Adams Media for the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
After so long stuck at home, everyone is looking forward to getting back out there and traveling, and this is a perfect book to help plan a trip. There are so many tips, I'm sure everyone will find something personally useful. There are also many travel-related websites mentioned which will be good to check out. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I love travelling and love new ideas to make travelling easier and this is a good guide to that.
The hacks are listed (and I love a good list) and there are 651 one hacks so there is something in there that could help anyone, whether you are new to travel or someone who has plenty of experience.
It is fun, informative and resourceful. It is a book to have on your shelf, have handy when you are planning and even to pack in your bag to refer to while travelling.
This is a great book and a helpful book and is good for any traveler.
Love this one to bits
So many tips to make travel easier. Many we may know but am so going to go back to this book
Useful tips, with some best suited for a US audience. Not travelling any time soon (!) but I am a regular traveller in my normal life, and definitely recommend this books for those that want the tips and tricks.
My Recommendation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Travel Hacks—Any Procedures or Actions That Solve a Problem, Simplify a Task, Reduce Frustration, and Make Your Next Trip As Awesome As Possible”
by Keith Bradford
Simplify Your Next Trip Across Town or Around-the-World
Smart and entertaining bullet-points of bite-size traveling tips make every journey more fun, efficient and cost-effective in Keith Bradford’s new book, “Travel Hacks” (Any Procedures or Actions That Solve a Problem, Simplify a Task, Reduce Frustration, and Make Your Next Trip As Awesome As Possible).
This well-organized collection of insightful excursion research pointers includes where to hail cabs at airports; countries where leaving gratuities is an insult; locations where skyline photos are free; and when and where to purchase travel tickets; plus so much more.
Bradford has done the research and legwork for the novice traveler, as well and the weary, world-worn explorer because his suggestions are on trend and the latest information.
One of my favorites hacks/tips, although not super high tech, is highly recommended. Pack a power-strip along with electronic chargers in a take-on bag. It will be useful in airports and hotel rooms with limited outlets. Who knows? You may make new friends while sharing your power-strip, too!
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STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Travel Hacks—Any Procedures or Actions That Solve a Problem, Simplify a Task, Reduce Frustration, and Make Your Next Trip As Awesome As Possible”
by Keith Bradford
Genre: Non-Fiction, Travel
Publication Date: 7 October 2021
Publisher: Adams Media
My Sincere Appreciation to NetGalley, Author Keith Bradford and Publisher Adams Media for Providing this Advance Reader's Copy for Review.
A huge thanks to Adams Media for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Travel Hacks is a book full of hacks for seasoned or beginner travelers. As someone who wants to travel more, this book was something I definitely needed although. I felt though that this book was more leaned to US travelers because some of the things are relevant to them. It's an incredible book and i highly recommend it if you are like me and you have never traveled.
I found Travel Hacks to be a very informative book for me. Some tips I knew and were common sense but so many others were very informative. Example: I travel in big cities often and had no idea that if the position of the Exit Number on the Green Highway Exit Sign is on the top right side of the sign then the exit is on the right side of the road. And if the exit number is on the top left of the highway sign, then the exit is on the left side of the road. I already found this information helpful on my last trip.
I really enjoyed reading through these hacks. I found a lot of them very useful and found myself thinking, why didn’t I think of that. I wrote down some of the ones I plan on using when I travel with my kids. I like how it was divided up into sections. I also liked how it was numbered so you could easily tell apart each tip. The index in the back is super helpful in finding what you might be specifically looking for. I definitely will be looking for a paper back copy to keep and reference for when I travel.
I was a bit skeptical. Are there any Travel Hacks out there that I haven’t already heard? But this book promises 651 hacks so I figured that at least a few would be new to me. And I was correct. Here are a few of my favorites.
“Prices for flights actually go up the more times you visit a site, so use your browser’s incognito key.“
“Booking too early (six months out) can actually result in paying up to 19% more for your tickets.”
“Websites can tell what type of computer you are using and will show Mac users more expensive bookings first. According to The Wall Street Journal, Mac users are charged $20-$30 more.“
There are also two bedbug registry websites where you can see if anyone reported your hotel. Yuck! However, that brings up a potential problem with the book. There are a lot of URLs and app recommendations here. Websites and apps come and go. So far, about a year after initial publication, they are still working. But what may happen a few more years down the road?
Even if only 10% of the Travel Hacks are useful to you, you have still saved a ton of time by not reading a bunch of travel websites. And 10% means you have 65 good ideas to improve your travel experience. 4 stars!
Thanks to Adams Media and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
If you’re anything like me, you love to travel but hate the stress associated with traveling. So when I came across this book promising to offer plenty of travel hacks to lessen stress and costs that I always thought came along with traveling, I couldn’t believe my luck! But was the promise too good to be true?
In fact, this book delivers on all of its promises. It’s a quick read, but it is honestly packed full of simple and sensible tips that can make traveling easier. It’s broken down into different chapters that offer easy to follow tips on a range of travel-related subjects. Want to save money on traveling costs? There’s a section devoted to it. Traveling with kids? Planning a road trip? Want to bring your pets? Packing tips? Handy ways to deal with documents or lost luggage? It’s all in this slim volume. And it’s immensely helpful. It even offers tips for traveling around in an unknown place, or in a country where you don’t know the language.
This is definitely worth the read, and I know that I’ll be referring to this book plenty of times in the future. And I’ll absolutely be using these tips whenever I plan a trip in the future, whether it’s in or out of the country. I love that it offers information for car, plane, and train travel, both foreign and domestic. Some of them are common sense, but most of them were ideas that I never would have thought of on my own. This is a great book.
An enjoyable little read - only took me an hour or so to whizz through it - as it is easy to read, bitesize snippets. Some of the hacks relate only to the US so just gloss over those UK readers, but the majority could be relevant to many and there are certainly some which will revolutionize my travelling in future - who knew a drinking straw could save hours of jewellery stress and rolling saves folding and space - proper winner that one.
There’s an old saying: It’s the journey not the destination. And for many things in life perhaps that is true. Now I don’t want to speak for everyone here, but when it comes to travel/vacationing I know for me unless I happen to going on a cruise, the journey (ie the traveling) is a massive hassle and it’s all about the destination. Now I won’t claim to be a world traveler, constantly jetting off every month for business or pleasure, but I typically take at least a trip or two every year. And as I said, unless I’m going on a cruise, the actual traveling from place to place is the worst part of the trip. Heck, even cruising presents its own set of travel issues. It also just so happens that I am in the process of planning a trip for the not too distant future, so I was thrilled at getting a chance to read an eARC of Keith Bradford’s Travel Hacks. For me anything that can make traveling an easier/smoother experience is a godsend.
In this short book, which can easily be blasted through in an hour and a half to two hours, Keith has packed over 600 tips into 11 categories: Planning and Booking, Packing Smart, Before You Leave, Air Travel, Road Tripping and Other Transportation, Traveling with Kids and Pets, Food and Lodging, Maximizing Your Vacations, Staying Safe and Healthy, and Communication and Technology. While you may already know some of this information and you not find every tip to be pure gold, I have to admit I was surprised by a number the tips and am already planning on using them for my next vacation. And while it may be true that you could find much of this information for free on the internet, time is money and I must say having all these tups curated in one spot certainly is convenient. I’d give this book a solid 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4. There is definitely some solid advice in there, especially for those who haven’t done much traveling before.
Thanks to Adams Media and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Travel Hacks.
Travel Hacks is a handy collection of tips for making travel as convenient and stress-free as possible. Due out 7th Sept 2021 from Simon & Schuster on their Adams Media imprint, it's 240 pages and will be available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.
The book has an easy to read simple graphic layout and is arranged logically. Each tip is numbered sequentially (and there are 651 of them). They are arranged thematically in chapters: planning & booking, packing, before you leave, air travel, road tripping, traveling with kids & pets, food & lodging, maximizing your vacations, staying safe & healthy, communication & technology, and heading home. The author has done a good job of writing tips and advice in pithy short paragraphs which are easy to understand and access. Much of the info is common sense, but there are quite a number which are creative, perfectly within the rules, and can save travelers time and money. The websites included in the book are mostly aimed at travelers in North America, but the rest of the information and tips are great for readers whatever their location and destination.
There's an index included so finding particular tips again will be easy. There's no photography in the book, but many of the tips are illustrated with simple line drawn graphics in a monochrome blue retro style drawing which adds a whimsical vibe.
Well done. Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
Thanks to NetGalley and Adams Media for the digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Like most people, I love travelling, and that hasn't been possible since the pandemic hit. But this is a great time to prepare for future travels, so I was interested in this book.
It has useful hacks for all of the steps of travelling: from booking to coming back home and going back to work. The book is divided in chapters by subject (such as Planning and Booking, Air Travel and Communication and Technology). Some hacks are really useful, some read more like curiosities and some are a bit repetitive (even within chapter in some cases).
I do recommend you give the book a try if you want some quick travel tips as it is a really fast and interesting read.
If you travel aboard or just for a weekend getaway I would recommend reading this book. This book has some really good travel hacks or ideas that I have never heard of that I think most travelers would fine very helpful. This book is a book you would read before traveling to refresh your memory and to keep around to keep referring to. The information in this book will always be helpful also they have a lot of other book with helpful hacks. Looking forward to reading more of them
Over 600 hacks divided into booking your trip to while you are there. Some great tips for those who want to have a few tips up there sleeve.
Having been a road warrioress as a heavy business traveler for years, I always find books like this intriguing. What do they know that I haven’t figured out or heard about yet? In this case, not much but I still learned a few tips. If you are a casual or new traveler, this is a great book that will give you so many tips that my colleagues and I have learned over the years that you’ll be almost on par with all the tips and tricks we know and use. DEFINTELY a must read for your next trip.
Collection of suggestions for how to make travel easier, cheaper and more fun. Solid, practical advice for the novice traveler. A bit less so for the seasoned adventurer, but even this high miles guy learned a few good tricks.
From a librarians point of view, this is an excellent reference book and could sit on your shelf and be consulted each time you travel.
I love the very simple and practical format of this book. It would also make a nice gift for somebody who is either new to traveling or travels often.
Travel Hacks is the perfect gift to give a newly graduated/newly employed person who is going to travel. I've traveled for 30 years for business and even I found some new tips...plus many of those that I also offer travels. Very good reminders and a quick read!
~~~ I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~~~
Travel Hacks is a resource book full of pertinent information, surprise... travel hacks!! This book covers everything from booking trips to packing for trips. The table of contents include (truncated and reworded) information on: planning, packing, considerations before you leave, planes, road trips, traveling with the family, food and lodging, maximizing your vacation time, staying safe, communication, and returning from vacation. I found many useful tips in this book that will potentially save money and/or time. Possible improvements to this book would be adding some graphics, or breaking up the information some how to make it more eye appealing. However, overall a good resource for travelers!
Thank you NetGalley and Adams Media for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. A book that not only gives a traveller lots of great tips to save time or money but how to pack and where to go. I really enjoyed reading it and can only recommend it to all who love to travel.
Travel Hacks by Keith Bradford is a phenomenal book. I started reading this book and thought I would read it a while and probably not finish. But this book captivated me and I could not stop reading it when I started. Filled with specific ideas based on common sense and real experience, this book would be invaluable even to seasoned travelers. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
First let me thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for an opportunity to read Travel Hacks (2021) in exchange for an honest review. I am (was) a frequent traveler so I was eager to learn any new tips that I could. I appreciated that there was section devoted to "Staying Safe and Healthy" which included tips related to covid ( Which is the best seat on the plane?) and other health concerns ( visiting a hospital outside the U.S.) that could occur during your vacation away from home. Other chapters included information/hacks about planning and booking, packing smart, things to do before you leave, air travel, transportation once you've reached your destination, traveling with kids and pets, food and lodging, making the most of your trip, communication and technology and heading home.
There are 651 hacks. Each one is a few sentences long. Because they are numbered and short it is easy to find them when needed. As other reviewers have noted some of the suggestions are what I consider to be common sense, those not needed. On the other hand there were some that even more seasoned travelers than myself had not heard of. There are apps given for finding food, getting your own personalized tour, finding your way around, translating signs and menus and more.
I recommend getting your hands on this book and learning more ways to save money on your trip. I've waited a long time to travel again and I plan to make the most of my upcoming vacations.
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