Set Dad up for a dream vacation with the 2023 Travel Hacker Bundle


Set Dad up for a dream vacation with this discounted Rosetta Stone bundle.
Get Rosetta Stone and other travel essentials for just $159.99 for Father's Day.
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You know how Dad is always telling you stories about the good old days? If you’re tired of hearing about them, maybe the best thing you can get him for Father’s Day is a whole new batch of great memories.

The best way to do that is with travel. And that’s what makes the 2023 Travel Hacker Bundle so appealing — especially now that it’s down to less than $159.99 through June 11 for our special Father’s Day Sale.

Save on airfare with a discounted Dollar Flight Club lifetime subscription


Grab huge savings on your summer vacations with a Dollar Flight Club lifetime subscription, less than $50 today.
Save on your summer vacation with $400 off a Premium+ Dollar Flight Club membership.
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According to travel experts, airfare costs are set to remain high throughout 2023. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to see the world. The secret to snagging cheaper flights is using a tool that will help you find cheap and discounted tickets: Dollar Flight Club.

Right now, you can choose from two lifetime Dollar Flight Club memberships. You can get a Premium Plus+ Lifetime Subscription for just $99.99 or a Premium Lifetime Subscription for only $49.99. You won’t find better prices anywhere online.

Discover a smarter (and cheaper) way to travel with VacayGo


Discover a smarter way to travel VacayGo, now on sale for only $49.99.
Plan trips like a pro with VacayGo. A lifetime subscription is on sale now for just $49.99.
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If you’ve got a dream vacation (or a few) in mind, things can become complicated when it’s time to actually turn that trip into reality. Rather than do it alone or rely on an expensive travel agent, put the power of professional travel planning in your own hands.

A lifetime subscription to “ultimate travel buddy” VacayGo will give you access to travel-planning tools and unbeatable deals. It typically costs $1,119, but for a limited time, you can gain complete access to VacayGo for only $49.99 — the best price online.

After that deal, your savings are just getting started, though. This comprehensive tool will send you to your favorite destinations for less.

Top tips for traveling with AirTags


Travel smarter with AirTags
An AirTag in a bag can find a solution to an absolute calamity.
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Traveling is a lot easier if you can keep track of your luggage with AirTags. It’s been in the news lately: Airlines have lost flyers’ bags and people have recovered them because they had the foresight to put an AirTag in the luggage. You can make sure it’s with you all the way along your journey and quickly find it among the baggage claim at your final destination.

Read on for my tips on traveling with AirTags.

Score dirt-cheap airfare deals with Dollar Flight Club — and maybe win $5,000


Your next vacation might be cheaper than you think with this deal.
Your next flight could be more affordable than you thought possible with Dollar Flight Club.
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Is it really a vacation if you spend half the time recovering from the stress of planning it? With how expensive flights are right now, it’s hard to think of an airline ticket as anything more than another bill, even if you’re flying somewhere incredible.

Luckily, Dollar Flight Club can find you amazing deals on domestic and international airfare so you can focus on fun. For a limited time, you can become a Premium Plus+ member for $99. And if you purchase between June 15 and June 30, you get five entries for a chance to win $5,000 toward flights, hotels, food, adventures and more!

Save big on air travel with a Dollar Flight Club lifetime subscription


This service sends cheap flights straight to your inbox.
Get cheap flights sent to your inbox with this subscription.
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Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. However, everything leading up to your trip can be so stressful you might think planning your next vacation isn’t worth it. If you want your travels to be fun from planning to return, check out Dollar Flight Club.

With a Dollar Flight Club Premium Plus+ lifetime subscription, you can get alerts for cheap travel deals and save up to $2,000 on business, premium economy and economy flights. And it’s all on sale for just $99 (regularly $1,690).

Learn to travel smarter with this awesome bundle


Learn how to be a master traveler with this bundle.
Become world-wise with this ultimate travel bundle.
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Traveling is expensive, so you want to make sure you have a great time while you’re abroad. Sometimes that means hitting the best tourism spots or knowing where the prettiest views are. Or it means knowing the language and being able to talk to the locals and learn where they think the best spots are.

Learn to travel smarter with The 2022 Ultimate Travel Bundle. It will show you how to make your experience one to write home about. And for a limited time, it costs only $29.99 (regularly $2,079).

Save on flights, hotels and rental cars with this discount travel service


Take flight with great travel deals.
Get all kinds of great travel deals with Launching Travel.
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One of the No. 1 stressors about traveling is money, and it’s not just the food at the airport terminal that comes with a sky-high price tag. However, with the right tools, you can save on every part of your travels, from flights to hotels and even the car you rent when you land.

A one-year subscription to Launching Travel will help you save on hotels, rental cars and more. And for a limited time, it’s on sale for just $29.99 (regularly $45).

Eugene Levy will host Apple TV+ travel show The Reluctant Traveler


You'll be able to travel far and wide with actor Eugene Levy via Apple TV+.
You'll be able to travel far and wide with actor Eugene Levy via Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ said Monday that Emmy Award-winning comedy actor Eugene Levy will host and executive produce a new travel series called The Reluctant Traveler.

You may know Eugene Levy from the recent hit comedy Schitt’s Creek. Or, much earlier in the 74-year-old Canadian’s career, from Second City Television. Or from the American Pie movies.

The point is, the man and his impressively bushy eyebrows have been there and done that. But they’ve never hosted a travel series. Until now.

Europe doesn’t plan to make contact-tracing apps mandatory for travel


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Don't expect contact tracing apps to become the next passport.
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Contact-tracing apps could play a key role in lifting border restrictions after the coronavirus pandemic — but don’t expect them to become a mandatory part of future travel. At least not in Europe.

In a European Commission document seen by Reuters, officials stress that such tools can be extremely useful “on a voluntary basis.” While the report, published Wednesday, doesn’t offer 100% confirmation, it does suggest that fears that contact-tracing apps could become a requirement of regular travel may be overblown.

How to use Apple Maps public transit directions


Stockholm's excellent public transit.
Stockholm's excellent public transit.
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Apple Maps offers surprisingly great public transport features. It recently expanded transit directions across Europe, so you can get “turn-by-turn” directions for metro, tram and other modes of public transit.

Even if your city isn’t yet covered by these directions, there’s still a whole lot of really useful information available. For instance, just tap a station on the map, and it will show all upcoming departures.

Let’s take a look at Apple Maps public transit features.

Stay secure on public Wi-Fi networks with a VPN [Deals]


Protect your online activity and browse without restriction for life.
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Whether you travel for the holidays or as part of your everyday life, going online on the road typically means being vulnerable to threats. Snoops and identity thieves love public Wi-Fi networks. For protection and peace of mind on the go, your best bet is a VPN.

This eSIM lets you roam in Europe and the US


Finally, your can leave your travel SIMs at home.
Finally, your can leave your travel SIMs at home.
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KnowRoaming’s new eSIM lets travelers in the United States and Europe add a new roaming SIM to their late-model iPhone or iPad, just by scanning a barcode. So, if you’re already on vacation, and you can’t bring yourself to speak to the locals, you can easily sign up and get started — all without a physical SIM card.

How to save gigabytes of data while traveling


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Nothing says "freedom" and "pioneer spirit" like a creepy abandoned canoe.
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Summer! That time of year where you stay in somebody else’s home via Airbnb, crank up their air conditioning and wear a sweater in the house, even though it’s 90 degrees outside. Aka the season where you leave the limitless comfort of your home Wi-Fi, to venture out into the world using just a restricted cellular plan.

Summer revives that old pioneering spirit of hardship, the bare essentials of living, and of making do with whatever you have. And just like the original English and Spanish invaders of the modern-day United States, you’ll have to do without the comforts of on-demand GPS and automatic app updates.

Today we’ll see how you can stretch your meager data allowance while traveling.

The perfect minimalist travel kit for iPhone and iPad fans


The Bagsmart travel organizer
Everything in its place.
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I don’t travel much, but when I do, I like to do it properly. And by “properly,” I mean with all my gadgets organized. Yes, you can drop your chargers into the bottom of your backpack or suitcase. Or you can stuff them into a pocket.

But they’ll get damaged, you’ll end up losing something, and if you need to take out one charger, adapter, dongle or cable, you’ll end up dropping the rest all over the floor of the departure lounge.

You need to get organized, and here’s one great way to do it.

How to instantly track a flight from the Messages app


This flight tracker is built into every iPhone and iPad track flights
This flight tracker is built into every iPhone and iPad.
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It’s Christmas season, and you know what that means: Extra-long queues at airport check-in and “security;” once-a-year travelers who won’t just get out of the plane’s aisle and just sit the hell down; and of course parents/kids/friends who insist that you never emailed them the details of your flight.

We can’t fix the queues, the morons who mill in the aisles, or your lying friends and family, but I can show you how to quickly track a flight right from the Messages app, or anywhere else you see a flight number written down on your iPhone. Let’s take a look.

Meet the guy who built an iPhone from scratch


Scotty Allen
Scotty Allen takes his viewers to Strange Parts for unvarnished stories about technology.
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Millions have watched Scotty Allen build an iPhone from parts mined from the electronics markets of Shenzhen, China.

DIYers and hackers write Allen, eager to repeat his geeky feat. So do people from third-world countries looking for an affordable way to get their hands on a pricey device that imparts status.

Allen, 39, loves the wild enthusiasm his YouTube videos have sparked, but the scratch iPhone isn’t the point.

How to track flights in the Mac’s Notification Center


TodayFlights tracks flights, and nothing else.
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Tracking flights is a bit of a pain. Siri can do it, and if you’re a real plane spotter, you might even trouble yourself to find an app to do it. But for most of us, we track a flight once in a while, whenever someone’s coming to visit. We just want something that is simple to use, and the disappears. That something is TodayFlights, a neat app that adds a flight tracker to the Mac’s Notification Center Today View.

How to stop that boarding pass from hogging your lock screen


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If you know where to look, getting the boarding pass off your lock screen is easy.
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Picture the scene: You’re on a plane, and your iPhone is your entertainment hub. You may be listening to podcasts, or music, or audiobooks. You may be playing a game, or reading Instapaper, or just checking and editing your vacation photos. Whatever you’re trying to do, it will be interrupted every time you unlock your iPhone, because your stupid boarding pass is right there on the lock screen. Even hours into a transatlantic fight, the boarding pass you already used hangs around, blocking things like the now-playing feature, and lock-screen controls for any music or audio apps.

Thankfully, it’s easy to get rid of — if you know where to look.

Tips to help you relive your great vacation [Tech Travel Tips]


Vacation photo
You vacation photos are useless if you forget about them.
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tech travel tips It used to be that when you got back from vacation, you’d drop your film off at the lab and cross your fingers. You hoped you’d get some half-decent photos back a week later, while memories of that cool restaurant you liked faded with your tan.

Now we share our photos with friends and family while we’re still on the beach, then forget about them. But we can, and probably should, make a little effort to preserve our vacation memories. And — you guessed it — there are apps for that.

Change these settings to save data when you travel [Tech Travel Tips]


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Downloading music is just one way to save a lot of data when you travel.
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tech travel tips Your mobile data plan takes a hammering when you travel. All the stuff you usually do while sitting in bed using your home Wi-Fi — like reading Cult of Mac and viewing cute capybara GIFs — will eat through your monthly allowance. And that’s before you get to the extra use of maps and Google to find your way around.

Today on Tech Travel Tips, we’ll look at ways to stop your iPhone and iPad from using up all your data in the first few days of your vacation.