If ever there was a need for travel hacks, it was in 2019—the year of Boeing 737 MAX groundings, mysterious illnesses afflicting tourists, and airlines offering even less legroom by way of basic economy seating. And since this holiday week is likely to become the busiest travel week in 2019, it’s about time someone cuts you some slack. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite and much-needed travel hacks, tips, and upgrades of the year, including how to get through an annoyingly long customs line, why packing cubes changed one Lifehacker staffer’s life and the case for never offering to swap your seat on a flight.
Should You Pay for TSA Precheck, Global Entry, or Clear?
The Best Drink to Order at a Crappy Airport Bar
You Never Have to Swap Seats On a Flight
How to Get Someone to Stop Reclining Their Seat On a Flight
How to Get Free Gogo Wifi During a Flight
The Best Podcasts to Binge During a Flight
How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Seat on Amtrak
How Packing Cubes Can Change Your Life
Use Up Foreign Currency by Paying Down Your Hotel Bill
Go to These ‘Boring’ Stores When You Travel Internationally
I Wish I’d Learned This Phrase Before I Went to Another Country