5 Videos That Seasoned Travelers Want You To Watch

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The Internet is full of travel blogs, helpful forums and videos with tips and tricks. If you want to learn how to make your next trip as cheap, fun and smooth as possible without spending a lot of time on research, check out our picks for the top 5 videos to watch to make your travel a whole lot easier.

1) Travel Hacks – The Low Down

Watch this great collection of hacks on anything from packing to staying entertained to remembering your hotel room while on the road.

2) How to Find the Cheapest Flight in the Shortest Time 

Often times, booking flights is the most expensive and time-consuming part of your travel planning. Take a look at this quick video for some useful best practices!

3) 8 Solo Travel Tips : Staying Safe When Traveling

This one has a lot of great trips for traveling alone, especially if you are a woman and concerned about safety.

4) The 20 Best Travel Apps For Your Next Trip

This handy video breaks down the best apps for planning a trip, booking flights, finding lodging and more. Highly recommended for the high-tech traveler!

5) Quick & Easy Phone Hacks: Travel Edition

Learn an incredibly useful phone hack to use while traveling outside of WiFi or good cell reception.

WiFire on Android is currently helping scores of travelers hook on to free WiFi wherever they go. Here is how you can get WiFi anywhere on your iPhone, in case you are an iOS user.

Are there any other informative travel videos that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments below.

 

7 Best Kept Travel Secrets of Frequents Flyers

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Travel has become an exciting part in most of our lives today, be it for business or for leisure. A bit of pre-planning, be it getting the best hotel deals or cashing in on extra travel miles or connecting to free WiFi anywhere, can go a long way in making traveling smooth, fun and memorable.

So what are the travel hacks frequent flyers swear by? Read this post to find out the best kept travel secrets from how to get the cheapest tickets to how to get free WiFi anywhere you go!

1. Clear your computer of cookies

The first rule that all frequent travelers follow is to clear their computers of any cookies before making bookings. Most travel booking sites use cookies to track visitor patterns on a site. A cookie is essentially a set of information about a site which includes user name, date and time of site visit. The travel websites then use the information to increase the prices if you have been running the same searches over a period of time. Hence, ensure that you clear your computer of cookies before making travel bookings.

2. Take the first flight of the day

Seasoned travelers will always tell you that taking the first flight of the day to any travel destination is the best way to ensure that travel plans stay on schedule. More often than not, early morning/morning flights are mostly on schedule and even if there are any delays, it gives you sufficient time to book another flight the same day.

3. Select seats on your flight

To ensure maximum comfort especially on long haul flights, it is best to select your flight seats in advance. Choose the aisle seat for good mobility or the emergency exit seat in case you prefer extra legroom. Many budget carriers however charge you for seat allocation. In case you are on a backpacking trip and do not wish to spend extra, a trick which works many times is to go to the airport ahead of schedule and request the airline staff to give you a seat of your choice.

4. Be ready for security checks

To ensure that you have a smooth experience at the airport, it is important to be ready for security checks. Ensure that any liquid products and your laptop are easily reachable along with your ID card details and boarding pass.

5. Connect to free WiFi

Many leading airports offer free WiFi so that travelers can catch up on news, social media or even make phone calls. Such airport WiFi hotspots often collect email addresses and OTPs from the user. Savvy travelers today however simplify this manual process by using free WiFi apps like WiFire.  Here is an interesting post on how to get free WiFi anywhere you go from airports  to cafes to restaurants among others in a single tap, without the need to enter OTPs or fill lengthy web forms. Here is an interesting list of restaurants with WiFi that is also available on WiFire.

6. Invest in loyalty programs

When investing in loyalty programs always look at programs that have partnerships or agreements with a wide range of airlines or hotels. Starwood hotel group and the Star Alliance are good examples of such programs. Loyalty plans from such groups easily allow you to accumulate points across a wide range of associated travel brands. In addition, such programs allow travelers to exchange points across different benefits. For example, in case you are running short of 500 points for your free hotel stay, you can use the extra points from your airline program in order to make up for the shortfall.

7. Choose the right hotel

It is essential for travelers to choose a hotel based on their budget and other travel requirements. Even if you are a budget traveler, it is essential to ensure certain key aspects like hotel cleanliness and safety. A good tip to saving money if you are a budget traveler is to avoid all extra services at the hotel, such as laundry and room service. Stepping out to dine will not only save you some money, but it will also help you explore the local culture better. In fact, there are many restaurants with WiFi today and this might be a good opportunity to access free WiFi while you travel.

Have you discovered any other travel hack? Do let us know about it by writing in the comments section below.

WiFire on Android is currently helping scores of travelers hook on to free WiFi wherever they go. Here is how you can get WiFi anywhere on your iPhone, in case you are an iOS user.

Top 10 Travel Apps to Use in India

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Whether you’re headed to a new city on business or are coming to the country for the first time, traveling in India can be overwhelming. There are dozens of travel apps out there to help you find deals, book tickets and discover attractions while exploring new places in the subcontinent, but it’s hard to separate the useful from the mediocre.  

To save yourself some time, check out our top 10 travel apps to use in India and spend more time actually enjoying your trip instead of planning it.

 

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Helpchat – Personal concierge apps like HelpChat make you life easier wherever you are, but are especially useful when you’re visiting a new city. Use this app to do anything from booking cabs and finding transportation deals to recharging data and ordering food—all in one place.

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WiFire adds support for Google’s free RailWire WiFi

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This week, we’re excited to announce that WiFire now supports automatic login for RailWire WiFi networks at several railway stations across India. If you have the WiFire app installed on your phone, you can save time and energy connecting to these networks by letting WiFire automatically fill out the sign in form for you.

These free RailWire networks are made possible by an ambitious collaboration between Google and the RailTel Corporation that seeks to connect millions of Indians traveling by rail to free, high-speed WiFi for the first time. 

The project will eventually use the extensive RailWire broadband infrastructure to offer free networks at 400 railway stations across India. When it is completed, it will be one of the largest public WiFi projects in the world.

In January, Mumbai Central Station became the first station to offer RailWire WiFi to travelers, and over 100 stations are expected to offer the service by the end of 2016 (see below).

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At each new station that is added, you will be able to easily connect through WiFire instead of going through the time-consuming login process.

Additionally, WiFire now supports automatic login at all WiLoop & i2E1 hotspots across the country, adding to the Tata Docomo and Ozone hotspots already in our database.

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.

KSRTC offers free WiFi hotspots at major bus stations

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Want to stay connected to free WiFi on your next weekend trip around Karnataka? Look no further!

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has just introduced free WiFi hotspots at 13 of its largest bus stations across Karnataka, making it the first state transport in India to do so at such a scale.

Bus stations in Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Madikeri, Hassan,Chikkamagaluru, Dharmastala,Shivamogga, Harihar, Davangere and Tumakuru will be part of the groundbreaking trial roll-out, followed shortly by Kolar and Chitradurga. At these stations, WiFi coverage extends up to 80 meters around the router at each station’s inquiry counter.

The connection lasts for either one hour or 100 MB of usage, whichever comes first. This is well enough for travelers to book last-minute lodging, get oriented in a new city or snap a quick Instagram photo.

All Bangalore KSRTC stations are now in our growing database of verified networks. Download WiFire and stay connected in your city—even when you’re leaving town.

Safe travels, and happy free WiFi surfing!

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.