The wanderlust that has inspired millennials to become supposedly the most important consumer generation for the travel industry isn’t going away any time soon. We aren’t going to tire of delicious foods, new experiences, or wider, deeper world views in the next five years. If anything, it’s becoming easier and more ubiquitous than ever. Gone are the days of the covered wagons, here are the honeymoons paid for by credit card rewards and sign-up bonuses.
But, it’s not all easy. Serpentine airport lines, dead devices, and getting lost in foreign cities are a few of the recurring jet-setter nightmares.
While many of us are willing to put off owning homes in order to scrounge for the next big adventure, few of us have thought to budget in the new products and services that habitually spring up around such enduring pain points. If we did, we’d probably enjoy a greater percentage of the time we spend planning trips — as well as actually being on them. We may wind up expending far less energy, for far greater enjoyment.
With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a handful of those exact travel-smoothing products and services. They’re all relatively affordable and designed to alleviate stress you may otherwise experience before, during, and after a trip.
Cheap, portable Wi-Fi that connects up to five devices
Skyroam Solis WiFi Hotspot and Power Bank, $149.99
Skyroam Day Passes (5 for the price of 4), $40
Skyroam’s Solis is a totally portable Wi-Fi hotspot that offers unlimited 4G LTE service without having to worry about cell data overages or big fees. The device itself is $150 on Amazon and the Skyroam “day passes” for Wi-Fi are $40 for five days ($8 per day). For the $8 per day, you can hook up to five devices at a time to the Solis. If you’re traveling with family or friends, that means that one day pass will likely cover everyone’s data for the day.
It’s especially helpful for navigating with Google Maps, finding good nearby restaurants at the drop of a hat, and looking up additional contextual information for any landmarks you may see while out and about.
A website that plans your trip for you for $25/day, complete with booking hotels and making your reservations
Travel with Journy for $25 a day
Journy is a service that acts as your personal travel planner for as little as $25 per day. They’ll book your hotel, make your reservations, and keep your preferences and any pre-booked plans in mind. You’ll email and chat with your personal travel designer, check out a draft itinerary they mock up, and respond with what you do and don’t like.
Once you like the plan, your designer will handle all the bookings. Then they’ll deliver a final version to you via the app or in a PDF, so you can refer to it all in one spot. In other words, they think of everything you don’t want to (booking reservations at international restaurants, navigating dietary restrictions, avoiding tourist traps, grouping desired locations into efficient days, etc).
Two months free of skipping airport security lines
Annual Standard CLEAR membership, $179 [Business Insider readers can get first two months free with code “INSIDER”]
CLEAR is a friction-free security process at airports, stadiums, and arenas that scans your eyes or fingerprints so you can skip the winding main line and get to the flight gate, concert, or game faster. In an airport, that means you can bypass the line that waits to show a TSA agent their boarding pass and ID. Instead, you can head to a kiosk to confirm your identity (fingerprints or retina), past the stop-point, and right to the X-ray machine. It’s even better when used with PreCheck.