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From bagging cheap flights to scoring upgrades and hotel discounts, holiday hacks from the most well-travelled people we know

What's the dream holiday to be this year? A weekend getaway to Barcelona? A Caribbean beach escape? Backpacking in Laos? Whatever your plan, it's amazing how much time and money you'll save on flights, hotel, food and more via the use of a few simple tricks and shortcuts. 

Some of these are obvious - we all know to book out-of-season if we can - but others are a little more below the radar. For instance, did you know that you can haggle via phone for cheaper luxury hotel rates? Or that you should fly on Tuesday or Wednesday for the best prices?

Industry insiders such as app creators, travel bloggers and self-styled "travel hackers" have made it their business to know this information. They've honed it into a fine art, accruing an arsenal of knowledge that covers everything from how to bag the cheapest flights to the best way to score freebies abroad. 

And their expertise isn't limited to saving money alone. It answers a full range of travel dilemmas, whether you want to avoid the check-in queue from hell, find the best restaurant in town or learn a foreign language pronto.   

So whatever trip you're planning for 2015, be the smuggest jet-setter of the lot by arming yourself with these savvy holiday hacks from those in the know. 

Words: Anna Brech

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