I can’t think of anyone that likes standing in lines. It’s a huge waste of your precious travel time. Would you agree?
Thankfully, now more than ever, there are many ways to bypass lines when you travel.
Read on to find out how to skip the line everywhere you go.
Timing is critical in how well you can avoid crowds and long lines. Here are some tips for optimizing your travel timing:
One Christmas season, my family and I were traveling in England, and we were shocked to find out that the museums closed very early. This wasn’t the norm throughout the rest of the year, but those ‘winter hours’ meant we never got to see the Tower of London, and I still regret it.
The TSA has a lot of rules. If you want to breeze through security, you gotta follow them all. See What Can I Bring if you need a reminder.
Bypass the ticket queues by pre-booking everything you can. Museums, bus rides, even that cultural walking tour—almost everything can and should be pre-booked before your trip.
Use sites like GetYourGuide.com (my favorite) and Viator.com to research things to do, compare prices and pre-book tickets.
Pro tip: Be sure to download the booking system’s app so you can look up the ticket details and even make last-minute adjustments as you go along.
While you might not think your suitcase would be a factor in whether you have to wait in line or not, you’re wrong. What makes a suitcase wrong for bypassing lines?
If a suitcase is too big or too heavy, you’ll be stuck in a line. If the bag doesn’t fit in the overhead bin, you’ll have to check it, and you’ll have to stand in line to do it. If it’s too heavy, you’ll first have to empty some of the weight out and then re-weigh it (another line).
The best suitcase for speeding through security lines:
Selecting a suitcase with the right features can significantly speed up the security process.
One of the positive things to come out of the recent global pandemic is companies used their downtime to invest in technology. There are so many mobile and digital options that allow you to skip long queues, it’s worth taking the time to investigate whether there’s an app for any line you think you may encounter.
I put all the travel-related apps into a folder on my phone so I can find them quickly. Here are a few in my folder right now:
Nearly every travel provider along your trip will have an app, including apps for lodging like Airbnb, VRBO, and Hotels.com.
Pro tip: Even if you didn’t use the app to book your lodging, be sure to have it when you leave in case you need to adjust your booking in any way.
Warning: Be cautious using public QR codes; crooks have figured out how to use them to redirect victims to malicious websites and steal your login and financial info.
If you value your time like I do, you’ll have already signed up for a security service or two. If you haven’t already, what are you waiting for?
Yes, these services have a cost, but how much is your time worth these days?
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.