The Airline Tips They Can't Officially Tell You

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Working in communications at a major airline opened my eyes to so many things. For four years, I had the incredible fortune of getting to see the world for the cost of dinner and a movie.

I’ve had the privilege of walking with giraffes in Africa while they ate their breakfast; landing in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska and drinking glacial stream water fresh from the source; marveling at Iceland's green and pink northern lights as they danced over the arctic; off-roading in the endless camel littered sand dunes of a desert in the Middle East; floating in the clear waters of the Caribbean; and exploring ancient European cities.

Working behind the scenes also gave me unique insight into how the sausage is made. Ahead, I'm sharing five invaluable things I learned about how to travel most affordably and efficiently.