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5 Top Photo Spots in London

Do you travel for the ’gram? Hopefully that’s not your sole motivation, but it can be satisfying to make friends and internet strangers jealous with all your amazing travel photos. Or maybe you’re looking for that perfect shot to frame or print on canvas for your wall. Whatever drives you to some of the most beautiful cities in the world, it helps to know where to go for the perfect shot.

If you’re visiting London, then here are some top spots to check out for the best photo opportunities.

The View from The Shard

Looking for amazing city views of London? First stop: the tallest building in the city. You can go all the way up to the 72nd floor of The Shard for open-air views of the city. Take incredible panoramic photos of London or focus on any of the city’s sights, including Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf, and the Olympic Stadium. You can supposedly see up to 40 miles on clear days.

The attraction isn’t cheap, though, with tickets starting from £25 per adult. There are various ticket packages available, though, which might offer savings if you’re visiting multiple attractions.

London Eye

Another hugely popular attraction, the London Eye offers amazing unobstructed views of the whole city. You’ll tower over the Thames, Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. But the view stretches much further beyond this and you can get some incredible shots of London’s skyline.

A standard ticket costs £27 for adults, but there are more expensive and luxurious options like VIP experiences and private capsules, plus ticket packages with other London attractions.

Sky Garden

If London prices are getting you down, then you can enjoy views of the city for free at the top of the Sky Garden. Sure, you could spend a fortune on food and drink in these elevated bars and restaurants, but booking to see the view is completely free. Remember that you do have to book in advance for this experience. Whether you’re after shots of the skyline or a selfie at the top of this uniquely-shaped skyscraper, the Sky Garden is a great place to go.

One New Change

One New Change is a retail complex located next to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Head all the way to the top of this building and past the pricey bar and restaurant to get to the public viewing area. You can get some amazing photos of the cathedral from this point and you don’t have to spend a penny.

The Millennium Bridge

Walking across the Millennium Bridge is a popular experience for London tourists. It’s a great spot for views over the River Thames and with Tower Bridge in the distance. At one end of the bridge, you’re close to the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, and St. Paul’s Cathedral is nearby the other end, so you’ve got plenty of great photo opportunities at every point along the bridge.

Between these five spots alone you should have albums filled with amazing photos of London. Some other great photo spots to check out include Greenwich Park, Parliament Hill, The Orbit, and Alexandra Palace. Don’t wait to send your photos to a friend or share them on social media. With Teppy, you can access fast and reliable Wi-Fi from wherever you are.

Travelling is the ultimate way to literally and figuratively expand your horizons, but it’s also extremely good medicine for your mind, body and soul. In fact, frequent travel can help you de-stress, improve your personality and can even keep your heart healthier. Here are our top 5 reasons to go travelling as much and as often as you can.

1. Travel boosts your immune system

When you leave the comfort of your home and step out into the world, you’re also exposing yourself to new and foreign bacteria. As a defense mechanism, your body naturally produces antibodies that help to protect you, and over time, your immune system develops resistance and gets stronger. The more you travel, the more your body is exposed and the stronger your immune system will become. Some well-seasoned travellers even swear by travelling as the ‘best probiotic on the planet’. Whilst we are by no means suggesting you forget basic hygiene and take unnecessary risks, we do think that a little dirt can do more good than harm.

2. Travelling improves your heart health

Believe it or not, travelling can actually decrease your chances of getting heart disease. A study conducted in the U.S. found that men and women who travelled more frequently were less likely to develop heart problems compared with those who vacationed less often. Amongst women it was found that heart disease risk could be reduced by as much as 50% and around 32% in men. Great news for anyone looking to justify their next holiday, as it could literally be giving you the gift of extended life.

3. Vacationing keeps your mind healthy

When you travel you’re constantly challenging your mind, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and pushing your boundaries. All of these have been shown to increase your concentration, memory and overall cognitive flexibility. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published research that proved that travelling improves your personality across the five overarching domains (emotional stability, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness). In addition, travel has even been linked to people being more outgoing, optimistic, interesting and just generally more awesome!

4. Holiday = ultimate stress buster

It may be one of the most obvious benefits on our list, but it’s definitely one not to underestimate the importance of. Rest and relaxation whilst on holiday helps your body to rejuvenate and recharge. It doesn’t take much for down time to make a big difference either, almost 90% of holiday makers surveyed said they felt a significant reduction in stress levels after just a few days away.

5. Build stronger relationships on vacation

Solo travelling can be great for helping you find yourself, but when you travel with your loved ones, holidays take on a new meaning. You can build even stronger connections with your partner, family or friends simply through your shared vacation memories. For couples, travelling frequently can be hugely beneficial, with 63% of people believing that it helps them stay together longer. For families there are benefits too, 49% of adults claim they still have vivid (and happy) recollections of their family holidays, showing just how important it can be to make sure you take your family away every now and again.

Hopefully this post has left you with no doubts as to the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of wanderlusting. To summarize, travelling is almost guaranteed to help you live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life – and could even help you live longer! Don’t forget to take along your very own Tep portable wifi device to get the most out of your time away. The device will help you reduce stress whilst on vacation, you won’t have to worry about huge data roaming bills when you return home (it’s just $9.95 per day for unlimited wifi for 5 devices) and you’ll never have to worry about getting lost as you’ll have access to the internet on the move! To buy or rent a device click here or for more travel inspiration check out our blog here.

If working from anywhere in the world, at a time of your choosing, sounds like your idea of heaven you are not alone. With millennials being hailed as an ‘asset-light’ generation increasingly looking to fill their virtual possession portfolio with life experiences rather than accumulating material wealth, the term digital nomad has never had more relevance.

Savvy citizens are moving away from traditional forms of employment where they are limited to an office space and ‘Groundhog Day’ desk between 9am and 5pm five days a week. The working population are both seeing and seeking the opportunities out there and engaging in a more free-spirited approach to work, where earning potential seeks to become a life experience embedded in your personal life rather than a separate entity that you have to endure in order to survive.

A CHANGING REALITY

Increased connectivity around the world has disrupted the traditional linear model of how the world works – people are thinking outside the box and making decisions to suit themselves rather than follow a generational dogma of the predictable path to success. Success is no longer simply about having a four-bedroomed house, 2.4 kids, a dog and a fabulous car. It is about living a life of freedom crammed full of extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people and digital nomads are those who are embracing this enlightened reality and possibility for a life less ordinary.

Digital hot spots, portable tablets and laptops, a plethora of marketing options through social media, and an increased desire for freedom, have all conspired to make this market grow exponentially. Millennials are embracing an opportunity denied to their grandparents of a work-life balance like no other. The digital nomad lifestyle encompasses flexibility, variety and crucially adaptability. It’s moving away from the job-for-life mentality and working to an assumption that people are now more self-reliant than ever and if anything, they are loving it rather than fearing it. In fact, from being seen as something exotic and obtainable to only the fortunate few, the digital nomad lifestyle is integrating into the mainstream with this year seeing the first Digital Nomad conference taking place in Berlin.

SO WHAT’S THE MAIN REASON TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD?

It’s a low-maintenance, low-cost entry to business that appeals on so many levels – it’s lightweight and portable and eliminates many of the stresses associated with a more traditional lifestyle such as rent or mortgage, furniture and household goods, endless bills, mounting car costs ad infinitum.

The joy of the digital nomad lifestyle is that it creates flexibility meaning you can work abroad if you so choose, or simply hang out in your local café with your favourite work buddies. It’s all about the life that you want to create and your reasons for it, including the vision you have of that world. With technology literally at our fingertips, we can communicate around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone with access to a computer, tablet or cell phone could be a potential customer or client of the digital nomad. And we here at Tep  – being passionate arbiters of travel and connection – embrace this reality wholeheartedly and want to keep you in touch when you need to be and most importantly when you choose to be.

It’s not even particularly difficult to start out working life as a digital nomad. As long as you have access to a laptop/tablet/cell phone and a WiFi signal, you are almost good to go. You can choose to start by buying an existing online business (albeit if you have a little capital to invest); going freelance – for example being a writer, take a course in online digital marketing, becoming an online trainer or mentor in your area of expertise, sell on eBay or train to become an expert in social media posting, promoting your lifestyle and actually making money out of it – you might not even need training for this if you are a millennial who was born without a silver spoon but instead a tablet on tap – you may have mastered the minutiae of social media etiquette and be able to create your own social media brand with very little expenditure required. The truth is there are numerous ways to get started if workplace autonomy is what you require.

We live on a planet containing approximately 7.4 billion people and counting and around 40 per cent have regular access to the internet. The fabric of the internet is woven securely into our daily lives and we purchase and research on an increasingly frequent basis. We want answers – it’s out there at the click of a mouse or touch of a phone screen. And so the creative digital nomad taps into this massive market and seeks out his or her niche in this teeming sea. Technology has made this market super easy to access and the only thing possibly standing in your way is a dodgy internet connection! And that’s where Tep has got it covered. With a handheld device that creates your very own wifi hotspot, it has to be the digital nomad’s ideal travelling companion.

EMBRACING THE LIFESTYLE

To embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, the essential component (after your laptop/tablet) is an uninterrupted wifi connection, which is what makes Tep Wireless a match made in heaven for the digital nomad. Teps’ pocket WiFi is a wireless modem that connects any wifi device to 3G internet. The beauty lies in the fact it requires no installation, cables or software and you can, if necessary, connect up to five devices at any one time. And, critically, you can enjoy up to eight hours of uninterrupted work time before recharging – giving you the length of an average office day to do your thing but most brilliantly at the time of your choosing – so if burning the midnight oil is your thing in far-flung places, digital nomad-ing with Tep is no problem. To find out more about how Tep could be part of your digital nomad lifestyle click here.

Tep offers you the safest, securest and most cost effective way of accessing the internet when you’re away. For one fixed daily cost of just $9.50, you can enjoy truly unlimited data for up to 5 devices on the go (the device is pocket sized and works in over 80 countries worldwide). With Tep you’ll never have to worry about returning to a shock bill or being stranded without access to the web – so you can leave the drama to the writers!

The last thing you want to be doing on your holiday after a long flight is recovering from it for the first few days of your long-awaited holiday, so getting those precious hours of shuteye during the flight is essential.

Unfortunately getting to sleep mid-flight can be next to impossible for some people. From research and personal experience this article has been created to help you find the easiest way to get to sleep.

What to Bring on Board:

Pre-Flight

Routine is King

The excitement and distraction of having to go to an airport and get on a flight can upset your sleeping patterns.

To avoid that you need to stick to routine. Sure, you may be in an airport or taxi when you should being doing a specific activity but if you’re able to maintain the motions, chances are you’re going to trick your body into going to sleep on the flight just through muscle memory of your routines.

Other routines to consider include – brushing your teeth, reading a book, having a herbal tea etc. Anything that you normally associated with your bedtime routine should be worked into your flight schedule.

Dress Smart

There’s plenty of debate out there as to how you should dress for your flight. Some say you should always be presentable – suits for business etc – as flights provide plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with others.

However when you’re on a red-eye flight and all you’re thinking about is getting some shut-eye, a suit is the last piece of clothing you’d want to wear. So sticking with loose fitting, comfortable and breathable clothing such as sportswear or sweatpants will be enough to make you feel comfortable enough to fall asleep.

Look to add a snug fit around your calves or purchase some compression stockings to help avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is caused by restriced blood flow.

Get Tired

A quick trick is to avoid your recommended 8 hours of sleep and instead go for 4 – 5 hours. This will undoubtly make you grumpy and unpleasent to be around for the majority of the day, but it’ll provide you with an easy sleep during your flight.

Another option would be to have an intense workout in the morning. Not only do you get the endorphins of the workout, you also get tired making it incredibly easy to fall asleep, opt for a small high-carb meal to make you that extra bit sleepy.

Stretch it Out

We all get that nagging feeling when we just need to get up an stretch. A simple stretch or yoga session before your flight will be enough to make you feel amazing but also minimises any pains or aches you may have.

In-Flight

Swap Neck Pillow Positioning

Flip the script with this one! Live life on the edge of conformity and experience another dimension – place your neck pillow below your chin. This simple sleeping hack will save you a flight of head rocking and a disturbed sleep.

Make a Foot Rest

Your leg and foot positioning in-flight should be of maximum concern on any flight. There’s a lot of difference in comfort when it comes to the positioning of your feet, you can help yourself by simply using your hand luggage as your footrest.

You’ll find that playing with different angles of elevation will make for a far more pleasant flight once your posture is perfect.

Avoid Light

Whilst in-flight movies are one of the most looked forward to parts of the journey, they can also be a massive distraction that throws you off your sleep.

By avoiding light from phones, tablets and laptops etc. you’ll find that your sleep is far less distracted.

White Noise

There’s nothing enjoyable about the roaring engines keeping you away from your precious sleep. The best and most pleasurable solution (it’s my personal favorite) is to play white noise through noise cancelling headphones.

Studies have found that white noise, raindrops or the crashing ocean waves for example, can also aid with better sleep.

Avoid the Snack Cart

High sugar, salt or alcohol intake before a flight can really wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns. Unfortunately, that means you need avoid most of the snack cart.

However, by having a high carb based meal before your flight, something to make you feel a little sleepy, you will find that dozing off almost becomes second nature. Think of that big meal you have and instantly need to sleep straight after!

Bonus – Staying Connected

Just because you’re having some down time during your flight it, unfortunately, doesn’t mean the rest of the world is on the same wavelength as you.

Once you’ve landed you will need to orientate yourself, check latest updates and so on. Tep Wireless provides that consistent Wi-Fi delivery that we all struggle with then abroad.

With Tep, you can land, connect your phone and start to orientate yourself with the new surroundings instantly. Making calling an Uber incredibly efficient!

Technology has revolutionised the way we travel. It wasn’t so long ago that going overseas meant you’d be completely out of contact, but now it’s easy to stay in touch with loved ones. The internet has also made it easier to make plans while on the go, be more spontaneous and adapt to any situation that might be thrown your way.

However, alongside these unquestionable benefits, our newfound ability to access the internet, no matter where in the world we are, has brought along some alarming risks. Travelers are becoming some of the most common victims of identity theft, to the point where, if you fail to protect yourself beforehand, you’re very likely to fall victim to a disaster!

What Is Online Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft, they immediately jump to criminals rummaging through your rubbish in search of personal documents, or missing wallets with important identification cards. However, the advent of the internet has allowed this crime—like many other things—to go digital.

Now, cybercriminals are finding ways to get into your devices and pharming the information they find there with the goal of being able to reproduce your identity. Commonly, this will then lead onto the criminals applying for fraudulent loans, or other money-making schemes, under your name.

Why Travelers Are at Risk

For travelers, the allure of accessing the internet while overseas is one that can’t really be avoided. As previously mentioned, the benefits of being able to get online are enough to completely transform your trip. While there’s nothing wrong with this, in theory, it’s the form of internet connection that travelers are forced to use, which is where the problem arises.

As people very rarely waste mobile data while overseas, due to the expensive roaming charges it undoubtedly ensues, travelers are forced to rely on public WiFi networks. While these hotspots are common and easy to access, they also bring with them a heightened risk.

The Problem with Public WiFi

Public WiFi hotspots are open networks, and this is where the problem arises. Unlike your internet at home, they have no encryption process, meaning that anyone who is using the network at the same time as you are able to view everything that you view, and see any data that you input.

This means every time you enter a password, make a payment or sign up for to a new website, malicious hackers could be intercepting that information and using is to steal your identity. And it doesn’t take long; imagine how much damage could be caused by simply gaining access to your emails, for example.

Rogue Hotspots

Criminals all over the world are becoming aware of how much reliance travelers have on these public networks and are jumping at the opportunity to use this fact for their own personal gain. It’s happening to such an extent that there are countless rogue hotspots being set up with the sole purpose of collecting your data.

These malicious networks often mimic the names of trusted providers, so it’s easy to connect by accident. Once you’ve gained access, it will automatically record all the useful information it can without you even realizing your identity is being stolen.

But There Is a Solution!

Fortunately, there are a couple of great solutions available that can easily overcome this problem and allow you to browse securely. Investing in a portable WiFi option means you’ll never have to worry about public networks again. Tep’s portable hotspot lasts for up to 8 hours and creates a wireless connection for up to a 15m radius. And most importantly the connection is protected by your own unique password (WPE – WPA key), so you can relax with the confidence that your data connection is always safe.

However, if you’re too attached to your coffee shop atmosphere to give up the public WiFi completely, or you’re worried about your portable device’s battery life running out and leaving you stranded, running a good Virtual Private Network, such as LiquidVPN, can also overcome the risk. A VPN program works by creating an initial secure connection, which encrypts your data, and subsequently allows you to connect to any network anonymously and securely.

While there are very real and potentially disastrous risks to connecting to public WiFi when traveling, it should never be something that affects your trip. Sure, the threat is there, but by properly informing yourself and taking the necessary precautions, you’ll never have to worry about staying safe online while traveling again.

If you have any more tips to help fellow travelers avoid identity theft, be sure to leave a comment below!

About the author: Jess Signet is a digital nomad and blogger. She loves writing about technology and travel – preferably how you can combine both! She hopes this article will help you stay safe whether you’re traveling long term or enjoying a well-earned vacation.

Whether you’re an avid adventurer or simply someone who likes the occasional getaway, traveling can give you thrills, spills and memories that will last a lifetime. Whilst social media may give you the impression that holidaying is all about those picture perfect moments – think infinity pools overlooking the Mediterranean and Instagram worthy plates of foodie goodness – there is another side to it. Some places bring as much risk as they do charm like these 10 well loved destinations, all of which are particularly precarious for foreigners. Whilst that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy the vibrant favelas of Rio or the bright lights of Bangkok, it does mean you will need to take some precautions and do your research.

Safety might not be on the top of your list when you’re booking your dream getaway but if you want to return home safe, sound and glowing with post-holiday happiness, we suggest you read on. Tep wants to make sure you have complete peace of mind when you’re travelling, so here are our top 7 travel tips to keep you safe, secure and happy on your next holiday:

7. Do your research

This might sound simple enough, but it’s vitally important that you know what to expect when you get to your destination. Always check your country’s foreign travel advice before you depart and look out for any warnings or guidance they provide. It’s also helpful to read up on the local customs, culture and laws ahead of time, as behaviour that may be perfectly acceptable to you could big a no-no whilst on holiday. For example, in Laos pointing fingers it’s considered extremely rude and could get you on the bad side of locals completely unknowingly! For more info visit Footprint Travel Guides, who offer in depth guides on local customs and laws for almost all popular destinations. If you have access to local contacts, speak to them and ask them about any ‘no go’ areas and any must see hidden gems. If you can’t, there are a vast array of forums and guides you can easily access online like Thorn Tree by Lonely Planet or any of these top 15 sites.

6. Safety at home

A slightly less obvious tip, but one you shouldn’t neglect, is making sure your home is safe and secure before you go away. Particularly if you are away on a longer holidays, it’s important to make sure your house isn’t a target for criminals. Here are some great tips to keep your home safe and avoid any nasty surprises on your return. We recommend having a friend or relative visit the house every couple of days or investing in a good home security system. You could even keep track of your home via these amazing phone apps whilst on holiday!

5. Pack light and secure your luggage

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re choosing what items to take with you and the temptation can be to pack additional items “just in case”. The reality is you’ll only use half the clothes you take and if you really need something, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll probably be able to find what you’re looking for on holiday – the tags will just be in a different language! Check out our previous post for tips on how to pack light (and how to increase your chances of getting an upgrade!) and this savvy packer’s list of all the essential items you should take. However, if you have essential items that can’t be bought elsewhere (like medication) remember to pack enough and more, as well as a doctor’s note explaining why you must have the medicine on you. The final thing you need to remember is to lock your checked-in luggage with a padlock like this TSA approved one – so that no unexpected hands find their way through your belongings!

4. Be prepared for the unexpected

Before you leave, we suggest you invest in comprehensive travel and health insurance that will cover you for your entire journey. There are thousands of insurers to choose from so make sure you read up on exactly what you’ll be covered for and for how long. If you need some help getting started, these are some of the highest reviewed insurance companies from 2015/16. Every country has different policies on how it treats non-nationals in cases of emergency so it’s always advisable to have a copy of your insurance documents and the address and contact details of your Embassy on your person at all times. You should also make copies of all of your important travel documents including your travel itinerary, ID, passport, driver’s license and insurance documents. Tep suggests you keep one copy stored safely in your hotel/accommodation and another copy with a trusted friend or family member back home who can keep tabs on you.

3. Leave your valuables at home

Wherever possible, avoid carrying valuables (like jewelry, cash or expensive electricals) with you on your travels. If you can manage without a laptop, it’s advisable to stick with smaller, more travel friendly tech like a mobile or tablet. Check out this post on the best pocket-sized travel tech or if you’re going away with your family, or try this guide on the best gadgets to keep the kids occupied. If you have to take a valuables, figure out a safe place to store them whilst you’re out adventuring, like in a hotel safe, a secure locker or in a secure anti-theft bag. For cash and cards it’s advisable to have a contingency plan in case of theft or loss. We recommend having a backup credit card or cash hidden away somewhere (like in between clothes, at the bottom of your luggage or in a non-obvious location) for emergency situations.

2. Blend in

This is one of the most simple and effective things you can do as a tourist to stay out of harm’s way. We love Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops but if you’re in Europe, you might as well have a sign above your head reading “easy target”. Tourists are usually targeted by local criminals, scam artists and pickpockets because they lack knowledge of the area and frequently carry high value items such as cameras, laptops and cash. This extremely helpful post lists some of the most common tourist scams across the world which could stop you from losing your valuables on holiday. You can avoid having your belongings stolen by investing in an anti-theft backpack, like this amazing one by PacSafe or by leaving expensive items at home or in your hotel. Keep your wits about you and avoid being preyed upon by dressing as much like a local as possible and by knowing what areas you should steer clear of.

1. Stay connected and safe

The internet is an invaluable resource when you’re on holiday. If you have data on your phone it can be almost as good as having a local tour guide. You can find the best (and worst) restaurants on Tripadvisor, book last minute accommodation on Airbnb and let Google translate save you from some embarrassing mistranslations. With Tep’s portable wi-fi you can now enjoy the same fast, reliable and secure connection as you get at home, without the ridiculous roaming charges or insecure public wifi connections. The device allows you to connect up to 5 devices simultaneously, so an entire family could benefit from one plan and a fixed cost of $9.95. You all be able to keep in contact and make sure no one gets lost, ensure you’re always contactable and crucially for the foodies, could help you avoid dining at a low-rated tourist trap for a quick bite.

The device works in over 80 countries including all of the romantic destinations we’ve mentioned in this post. It costs just $9.95 per day for truly unlimited data so you can upload as many cheesy photos, videos and memories as you like without worrying about data roaming costs!

For more information on buying or renting a Tep portable wi-fi device for your next holiday click here.

In this post Tep has found insights that will help you with everything from avoiding queues at the airport to getting upgrades and even beating jet lag.

We’ve searched far and wide for the best-kept secrets from the travel industry’s frequent flyers to ensure you have the most comfortable and enjoyable experience on your next business trip.

Travelling doesn’t have to be such a struggle with these top tricks for the frequent business flyer:

Before you travel

Know the difference between Non-Stop Flights and Direct Flights

When booking your flight, make sure you know the difference between non-stop and direct flights. It sounds simple enough, but many people confuse the two and end up with a longer journey than they planned.

A direct flight may stop at an intermediary destination where you will have to remain on the plane whilst passengers board or disembark the aircraft. A non-stop flight will take you from your origin to your destination with no pit stops – so go with this option if you want to save time!

Earn Points When You Fly

Always make sure to sign-up to your airline’s frequent flyer program. In the long term, you could benefit from free upgrades and discounted flights plus many other ‘members only’ perks. Loyalty is highly rewarded in the airline industry, so wherever possible try and book with the same carrier to rack up those valuable air miles.

If you aren’t sure which frequent flyer program you need to apply to check out this comprehensive list by Globalflight.net. Most airlines will even let you collect points for flights you’ve already taken (up to six months previously in some case) just check their terms and conditions!

Travel light and pack only essentials

Carrying extra checked in luggage can mean long waiting times in baggage halls, so why not try fitting all your belongings into a carry-on bag?

We recommend packing only the essentials, bringing versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched and rolling up your clothes to avoid wrinkles. For more handy tips read this flight attendant’s guide to light packing here.

If you are planning to check baggage in and want to pick up some gifts or goodies whilst on your trip, consider buying a digital packing scale – like Tarriss’ Jetsetter (its under $20). It’s small, light and an inexpensive way to avoid hefty excess baggage fees.

Increase Your Chances of Upgraded to Business/First Class

If you are not travelling in business or first class, there are a few ways you can increase your chances of getting that elusive upgrade. Customers who are dressed smartly are more likely to be given an upgrade in the eventuality that economy class has been oversold – a good reason to be extra pleasant to the check-in staff!

You could also try requesting an upgrade when you book your flight and have your ticket marked with a Y or B booking code. This works best if you are signed up to the airlines frequent flyer program! Try reading Skyscanner’s 16 tips to get you bumped up to business class here if you want more tried and tested tactics!

Book the Seats with the Most Space

If you don’t manage to get an upgrade, make sure to ask for a seat that will give you plenty of room to stretch your legs during the flight. Usually ‘bulk head’ or front row seats and emergency exit row seats are the best for this.

If you’re not sure where the exit row seats are located on your flight, check out Seat Guru for a guide to the best seats on any airline.

Back up your Essential Documentation!

Always have copies of your essential documents, like passports, driving licenses, itinerary confirmations and insurance documents, backed up online. Dropbox and Google Drive are both free options that allow you to access your documents anywhere (provided you’re connected to the internet of course).

You never know when an emergency could strike, so don’t get caught out without a back up!

Save Time Queuing at Airport Security

U.S. Citizens can sign up for Global Entry service, which allows you to pass speedily through airport security on arrival and departure and eliminates wasted time filling out forms and long security queues!

It costs around $100 and will require you to attend an interview, but we reckon it’s fully worth it for frequent flyers.

Whilst Travelling

Don’t Miss Important Updates about your Flight

Downloading your airline’s app is a great way to get live notifications, check-in and avoid missing your flight. Larger airlines (and some budget) will have their own app available for you to download straight onto your mobile phone and will give you updates and reminders about gate changes and delays.

Beat the Jet Lag

Set your watch, mobile phone and electronic devices to the time in your destination before you depart. This will help your body clock adjust to the new time zone well ahead of your arrival. If you can, avoid sleeping at your destination before your normal bedtime and rising whilst it’s still dark outside.

Whilst it may be tough on the first day, it should get easier as you perfect your jet-lag busting strategy! Just remember to set your clocks after you board your flight, to save any unfortunate mistiming!

Keep Calm and Avoid In-Flight Discomfort

If you’ve ever suffered from in-flight soreness, you’ll be all too familiar with the pain that comes with it! Bringing a tennis ball with you to roll under your feet and thighs will help keep your muscles supple and can avoid nasty aches and pains when you land. Try and get up and walk around during longer flights, this will help with your circulation and avoiding nasty blood clots and deep vein thrombosis!

Airplanes and airports can also be unexpectedly cold, so an extra layer of clothing is always advisable even if you’re headed to the Caribbean. For more advice on how to stay healthy at 35,000ft check out this guide.

Invest in the Must-Have Travel Gadgets

Airports and airplanes can be extremely noisy places. If you want to get some rest or spend a few hours catching up on emails, remember to bring along a good pair of noise cancelling headphones – we highly recommend Bose’s QuietComfort 20. Whilst these are on the pricier side, they are fantastic at reducing background noise and will help you unwind inflight.

If you don’t want to invest in high tech headphones just yet, standard earplugs will also do a good job at cutting out noise. We also suggest bringing a USB charge cable or power pack, like Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E4, with you on your journey to keep your devices charged before you arrive.

Most new planes will have a USB plug fitted in your seat, so you can even charge your battery whilst you watch your inflight entertainment. For more tech recommendations check out this post on the must have pocket gadgets to travel with.

Stay Connected and Productive on the Move

If you have some extra time whilst waiting for your gate number or at your hotel, why not get some extra work in or get your mind off business with a movie?

Having reliable internet access whilst travelling can make all the difference and could give you more time to explore your destination or get work done whilst you’re on the move! Tep’s portable travel Wi-Fi device lets you stay productive even when you’re away from your desk and it works in more than 80 countries worldwide.

The device allows you to connect your mobile, tablet and laptop simultaneously with your very own secure travel Wi-Fi hotspot. The usage is unlimited so whether you want to browse your emails, Skype your family or stream Netflix, you can make the most of your traveling time anywhere in the world.

We hope these tips and tricks help take the hassle out of travel and let you focus on making the most out of your next business trip.