Travel Hack: How to Save Hundreds on Airfare with a VPN

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Back in January, we listed just five reasons why every connected traveler should be using a VPN. Quite frankly, there are many, many more. But one of the coolest we’ve recently stumbled across is how to use VPN software to book cheaper airfares.

Travel booking engines can sometimes charge more based on your previous browsing history. If they know you’ve run multiple searches for the same flight over the past few weeks, you may notice your airfare suddenly going up. Which is why it’s often wise to use your browser’s private or “incognito” mode to hide your browsing history.

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But you’re probably unaware that booking engines can sometimes charge travelers different prices based on the location they’re booking their trip from. So, for example, a traveler in Australia and a traveler in Germany may be charged different airfares when booking the exact same ticket.

To exploit this “glitch” (we’ll assume that’s what it is), a savvy traveler need only cloak their current destination. This is where a VPN comes in as it allows you to launch the software and select which server you’d like to pass all of your browsing traffic through.

Hotspot Shield (available for PC/Mac, iOS and Android) for example provides a simple dropdown box where users can select from a handful of countries (Japan, Australia, US, etc.) they’d like to “pretend” they’re surfing from. Switching between cloaked destinations takes less than five seconds.

This video elaborates:

Gizmodo reveals the process in more detail, breaking down how they were able to save approximately $100 (USD) by simply using VPN software to route their web traffic through Canada, instead of the United States.

There’s no guarantees here and it may take a bit of trial and error. But it’s one of the many reasons why every smart traveler should be using a solid VPN setup — both before and while they travel.

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Summer Gear Roundup: 4 Laptop Backpacks for the Savvy Traveler

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Summer is sadly coming to an end in the northern hemisphere [insert sad trombone sound here …]. So if you’re gearing up for your fall travels, perhaps it’s time to invest in some new kit?

These four laptop backpacks are worthy of any flashpacker in need of a durable, high capacity pack with plenty of room for everything a modern traveler could dream of carrying.

#1: SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900

SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900

The name is a bit of a mouthful (“SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900″), but this pack offers almost everything a gear-heavy traveler could want. It’s lightweight, made of durable polyester, and opens quickly and easily making TSA checkpoints a breeze. The interior is large enough to hold your laptop and plenty of other essentials. Available now for around $70 (USD).

Other features include:

  • Comfort shoulder straps
  • Organizer
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Audio interface
  • Easy Access laptop compartment (Side Entry)
  • Airflow Back System
  • Can fit most laptops up to 17″

#2: DAKINE Jewel Laptop Backpack

DAKINE Jewel Laptop Backpack

Dakine’s Jewel Pack is specifically made for women and is available in six different colors and prints. It offers a variety of organization features including a separate side access laptop compartment, large main compartment and multiple pockets. The large front pocket is even an insulated cooler pouch that will keep a lunch or drink cold. Available now for around $60 (USD).

Other features include:

  • Capacity: 26L / 1600 cu. in.
  • Fits most 14″ laptops
  • Organizer pocket
  • Insulated cooler pocket
  • Mesh side pockets
  • Plush lined sunglasses pocket

#3: adidas Climaproof Menace Backpack

adidas Climaproof Menace Travel Backpack

Like everything adidas puts out, the Climaproof Menace Backpack is designed to take on anything you can throw at it. It’s targeted at athletes and outdoor adventurers who need a bag that can survive a daily beating.

This pack features adidas’ Climaproof water-resistant fabric, a large main compartment with laptop protection as well as pockets for electronics and a water bottle. There’s also a separate compartment at the bottom of the bag that is ventilated to keep dirty/wet shoes or clothing separate from your other gear. Available now for around $70 (USD).

Other features include:

  • Premium reflective zippered pocket on the front for quick access
  • Multi-use gear pocket and a rear laptop and tablet compartment that holds up to a 17″ laptop
  • Additional zippered side pockets contain one insulated cooler pocket and one tricot-lined media pocket
  • Ergonomic, padded airmesh pods on the back panel and sublimated airmesh shoulder straps with LoadSpring technology provide breathability and ultimate comfort

#4: The North Face Surge II Charged Laptop Backpack (Men’s and Women’s)

The North Face Surge II Charged Laptop Backpack

Like every bit of kit from The North Face, their Surge II Charged Laptop Backpack features a rugged construction durable enough to tackle the outdoors. But it’s also designed with plenty of features to keep gearhead flashpackers happy as well.

The Surge is The North Face’s flagship laptop pack with a dedicated laptop compartment, large main compartment and plenty of room for organization. This rugged pack comes in both a men’s and women’s version featuring a range of colors from basic black to bright neon prints and trims. Available now for around $230 (USD).

Other features include:

  • Dedicated lie-flat laptop pocket with neoprene tablet sleeve
  • FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps
  • Comfortable, padded air-mesh back panel with Spine Channel
  • Padded, winged, stowable hip belt
  • Removable sternum strap
  • Integrated Joey T55 battery to keep you powered up for those long haul flights

Check out eBags.com to order these backpacks and more! With their latest Back-to-School sale, you can save up to 65% on a variety of bags!

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