Currency conversions Download the XE Currency Converter app for your iPhone/iPad: it can convert hundreds of currencies on the go and is invaluable for instantly checking how much you’re spending. Avoid suitcase spillages by placing all your toiletries inside individual sandwich bags. Rebecca Milford, Chief Sub-editor
Avoiding the kids If you don't have kids and are going to book extra legroom seats to ensure you're travelling in comfort, make sure you only go for the ones at the front of the plane. If you book the bassinet seats, you're likely to be stuck next to a family with very small children. Claire Glasby, Time Out Dubai Kids Editor
Travel essentials I always keep a clear plastic bag in my bathroom cupboard with flight and airport essentials ready to go, so no faffing around at security – lip balm and face moisturiser (the air in aircraft dries your skin – fast), toothbrush and a small travel-size tube of toothpaste and face wipes. And if you’re a woman, a small tube of mascara goes a long way in masking flight-fatigue face. Holly sands, Body & Mind, Sport & Outdoor and Community Editor
The local lingo Make the effort to learn some of the language before you go, and never leave your hotel without a phrasebook. Impromptu chats with the locals teach you multitudes more than any guidebook. Rob Garratt, Nightlife & Music Editor
Travel light and with a scarf Travel light, take only your carry-on luggage and never check in. Doing so will spare you a lot of queuing and money – especially when travelling with a budget carrier. For women, take a large cotton sari scarf with you. You can use it as a cover-up on the plane, a wrap on the beach, a scarf in colder regions or even as a picnic blanket. It dries fast, too, so you’ll find it useful – if you have an unexpected bath in a mountain stream! Dominika Durtan, Time Out Dubai Designer
Stopovers and airport lounges Pay attention to connecting cities. If the flight you want routes through a connecting city, often you can manage a quick city break without paying any extra. In fact, sometimes stopping over for a day or two will actually make the total ticket cheaper.
Find the lounge. A lot of airports will have a variety of lounges, associated with anything from airlines to the credit card in your wallet. And even if you don’t qualify, you can get into the big ones for a fee – if you’re flying long haul, it might be worth the money. Besides the peace and quiet, and free food and drink, there are also often showers and beds. Jessica Davey Quantick, Time Out Doha Editor