11 tech travel hacks that will save you time and money on your next trip

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Planning for a trip can be a stressful experience.

It can get even worse if you're going overseas or to a place you've never been to.

But you can save a lot of time and money by taking advantage of these websites and apps.

Check out 11 tech travel hacks that will make your next trip so much better.

You can save the map you see on Google Maps by simply typing "OK Maps" in the Google Maps search bar. That way, you'll still be able to browse the portion of the map you saved even when you have no WiFi.

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Hipmunk has an "agony" filter that finds the best flight option based on a combination of factors, like price, number of stops, and duration.


Hipmunk flight search.

Clean up your cookies before doing flight searches. Or search in incognito mode because some travel sites track your search history and raise the price simply because you've visited their site before.


Make sure you unlock your iPhone before buying a SIM card, if you think you'll need a phone overseas.

TripAdvisor's SeatGuru shows your flight's seat layout and lets you find the "better rated" seats.

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If you want recommendations on local restaurants, hotels, and tips on things to do, just go to TripAdvisor, where you can also read thousands of user reviews.



If you're looking for free wifi, look it up on FourSquare. For example, simply typing "free wifi airports" will get you tons of tips on which gate or store offers free internet.



It is widely believed that putting your phone on Airplane mode will get it charged faster.


If you have a WiFi connection, Google Voice and Hangouts will give you free calls and text messages.

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Google Voice and Google Hangouts.

CheapOair.com says the best time to buy flight tickets is 54 days ahead of time. The best time to book is 3PM on a Sunday, it says.

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Most TVs these days have USB plug-ins, which means you can still charge your phones if you lose your charger.

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