These Frequent Flyers Reveal Their Top Travel Tips

Lauren Powell
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While most of us love nothing more than packing our bags and jetting off to a new destination—whether it be for work or pleasure—life on the road can at times be a hassle and somewhat overwhelming. But thanks to some careful planning and a handful of genius insider tips, it doesn’t need to be. Business Insider Australia spoke to several frequent flyers to find out their favourite travel strategies so we can make our time on the road (or in the air) as seamless as possible. From clever packing to scoring upgrades, travelling just got even better. Read on for some of the best travel advice you’ll ever receive.  

Have one go-to piece of carry-on luggage

“It doesn't depend on the length of the trip—I've even been to Europe and Africa for 35 days straight and I only take a roller bag I never check luggage, ever. It forces me to be efficient with what I pack.” — Scott Morrow, CEO, Luxury Link 

Pack less than you think you need

“I think about the stuff I want to bring, and then I only bring half. And, you're still not going to wear a good two-thirds of it.” — Pavia Rosati, Founder, Fathom Way To Go 

Pack only versatile pieces of clothing

“I always bring as many versatile items as I can—a lot of layers, a lot of little cardigan sweaters, and T-shirts and things that you can layer over top of one another, and scarfs. Scarfs are great because they can double as a blanket on the aeroplane, it can be a sarong, a beach blanket, and it can also just add a pop of colour to your wardrobe.” — Anne Banas, Deputy Travel Editor, BBC

Minimise wrinkles by packing dress shirts in dry cleaner bags

“In terms of my dress shirts, I keep them in the dry cleaner plastic because it helps to minimise wrinkles. And then anytime I arrive, I immediately take them out of the bag, put them into the shower, turn the hot shower on, and it's like a steam press to get the wrinkles out.” — Scott Morrow, CEO, Luxury Link 

Be pleasant when asking for hotel upgrades

“If you're polite and if you behave like the dream guest the hotel would want, and just very sweetly inquire, “is an upgrade possible?” or ”do you have anything else?'' Be direct, but be very polite, and act and behave as though you are worthy of it.” — Pavia Rosati, Founder, Fathom Way To Go 

Order a special meal to get fed first on a flight

“If you order a special meal, you tend to be served first—I can't think of a time when I wasn't served first. Then you can just go to sleep and won't have to wait (for the full dinner service).” — Anne Banas, Deputy Travel Editor, BBC

For more life-changing travel hacks, head to Business Insider Australia and invest in a new carry-on suitcase. 

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