“It’s always worth inquiring about a hotel or flight upgrade when you check in or before boarding,” says Tamara Heber-Percy of luxury travel company Mr & Mrs Smith. She also recommends buying a day pass for an airport lounge if you have a long layover. “They’re often packed with free-to-use extras and they let you escape the hustle and bustle at the gates.”



Keep your sleep schedule on track by forgoing your nap. “The minute I land, I push myself to be outside and walk; fresh air is the best cure for jet lag,” says designer Tanya Taylor, who frequently travels to L.A., London and Paris. “When it’s finally time for bed, I have a glass of wine and a bath and avoid heavy carbs.”



We’re all for hitting the obvious photo ops, but if you really want to learn about a culture, you need to dig a bit deeper. Visit.org hooks travellers up with excursions (from cooking classes to boat tours) that have social benefits. Or, if you’re a fan of the quirky sites in the Louis Vuitton City Guides but hate trying to fit the books in your Capucines bag, the brand has an app version.