Jetting off somewhere nice for the Easter break? Sarah Lax, product manager at Virgin Holidays, shares her top holiday hacks so you can make the most of your time away...
Bring an extra top on board
I find that no matter how hard you try, you always spill something on a flight, or the person next to you has an exploding can of drink. Also, I don’t want to arrive feeling crumpled - so I change into an old top when I board, enjoy the flight and then, just before landing, change into a clean top that looks good and makes me feel nice and fresh.
Cheat the jet-lag
Travelling to the West Coast of America can lead to a jet-lag nightmare. So as soon as I check in to my hotel, I give myself a 40-minute time limit to unpack and shower, and then I go out. I set myself a task on the first day to discover a new neighbourhood and get to know it. It’s a great way to stay awake and also to learn something new and exciting.
Don’t be afraid to ask
The best way to find out what not to miss is to ask a local - restaurant servers, people on the bus, hot dog sellers on the street corner… People are really keen to tell you what’s hot and what’s not. And I use my British accent to its full advantage!
Let’s face it: it’s impossible to see everything in just a few days, and if you rush around and try to see it all, you don’t really enjoy it. Break everything into bite-size chunks and be realistic about what you can fit in. Take traffic into account, if you’re driving, or the fact that you’ll probably see something going from A to B that you’ll want to stop and explore. You have to enjoy the view, take selfies, stop and smell the roses and take time to bask in your new surroundings.
Walk, don’t walk
The best way to see places is to walk. One of the few advantages of jet lag is that you generally wake up early and can get out and walk around before everywhere gets crowded. However, when it’s too hot to walk or I need to get somewhere in a hurry, I always use public transport, as it’s generally quick and cheap. The other thing to do is to download Uber or Lyft. They’re so cheap, and great for those last-minute rides.