The holidays are here ladies and gentlemen, and that's something we all have to deal with regardless of whether or not you're a festive kind of person! Of course, the majority of us are more than willing to scoff down all of the food that we're given on the day and we're more than happy to open all of the presents, so it's only really when you enter adulthood that you may question your passion for this time of year.
Of course, for people who travel, their grind often doesn't stop regardless of the fact that Christmas time is upon us. They still have to get in the car or on a plane or train in order to get where they need to be throughout the month of December, and if you fall into that category, then we'd highly suggest you try and land yourself one of these freebies.
Some of these entries aren't necessarily exclusive to the holidays and you can probably get them all year round, but even so, it's nice to know that they're readily available to you during one of the most stressful periods of time on the calendar. If you fail in trying to acquire these things, then, as they say, you should try and try again.
If you do happen to be travelling either on Christmas Day or throughout the month, hang in there. We're confident in saying that it'll all be worth it in the end regardless of how long it takes you to get to your destination.
25 Hotel Upgrade - Lovely Stuff
There was no room at the inn as the story goes, but in the modern day, there’s plenty of room for you to enjoy all of the amenities that any given hotel has to offer.
Because of the overwhelming price of the expensive rooms, it can be quite difficult to fill them up sometimes based on what time of year it is. So then, if you get to your hotel and you’re feeling lucky, why not ask and see if you can get some kind of upgrade?
You aren’t going to be losing anything by asking, and you could end up with a room far beyond your own expectations.
24 Massage Chair - Sit Back And Relax
This is something we discovered when we went to Singapore recently, and it was purely a case of being pointed in the right direction. In their glorious airport, and in many around the world, there are free massage chairs as well as foot massage machines that can be used from dawn until dusk.
It’s a really nice addition to your airport experience especially if you’ve got a long time to wait until your flight, and especially if you’d rather be watching Christmas movies with your family in the comfort of your own home. Still, as we noted, it’ll all be worth it.
23 Pyjamas - Nice And Comfy
Yup, we’re not even joking with this one.
You may need to be in business class on a flight in order to qualify for this, but it’s worth noting either way. A lot of airlines will actually give out pyjamas to passengers, mainly if you’re on a flight that is going to be in the air throughout the night time.
Some would argue that they’re not comfy enough, but we respectfully disagree. We always find it to be a nice add-on that they don’t necessarily need to make, and we understand that a lot of people disagree with that last part.
22 Earphones - Hello? Can’t Hear You
I still use my pair of earphones from my Singapore Airlines flight, and they quite literally work better than 95% of other earphones that I’ve ever had. That’s no exaggeration, either.
When you’re walking onto the plane, if there isn’t a box full of complimentary earphones then all you need to do is ask. Just let someone know that you want to listen to something or watch something, and that you didn’t bring your own because you literally didn’t need to do so.
We’re positive that they’ll understand and if they don’t, they clearly aren’t doing their job properly, are they?
21 Water Bottle Refill - Bring Your Bottle!
Water bottles are really popular right now, and we understand how ridiculous that is. As it turns out, though, there seems to be a bit of a boom period when it comes to the designs used for water bottles. The reason for this appears to be that there are bottles which can keep your water specifically hot or cold for a certain period of time, which is pretty cool.
So then, if you run out of water, it only makes sense for you to want some more – so make sure you have your bottle handy, because you should be able to just ask for a refill. Even if they don’t specifically offer that service, as long as you say it with enough confidence, you should be fine.
20 Coffee - Much Needed
A lot of you reading this probably won’t be able to function until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, and trust us, we feel you. It can be quite stressful travelling at the best of times, and we can only imagine how much that gets ramped up if you need your coffee.
As it turns out, flight attendants can be quite generous, and if it’s either included in your price or they’re just feeling nice, you could easily land yourself a free cup of coffee. It helps if you’re, you know, particularly cranky that day or you look like your world is about to come crashing down. Merry Christmas, everyone.
19 Hot Towel - Nice And Pleasant
Ah, the hot towel treatment. For those of you who don’t know, hot towels are often offered to passengers on long-haul flights as a form of cleansing. It seems a little bit weird initially, but trust us, it can change your life.
If you’re heading home on a 12-hour journey to see your family for the holidays, this is the kind of thing that you should be really enthusiastic about. It only lasts a few seconds before the towel goes cold again, but it’s a nice release. After all, it’s hard not to feel groggy when you’ve been on a flight for so long.
18 Luggage Tag - A Requirement
Not everyone actually has luggage tags, perhaps because they don’t feel like they need it or maybe because they just forgot. A lot of the time you’ll be able to ask for a free luggage tag, and around the holidays, we’re going to go out on a limb and say you’ll have one that is Christmas themed.
Regardless of whether or not that’s your ‘style’, it’s still a nice gesture, and you’d have to be the Grinch not to appreciate it.
Oh, and if you’re one of those people who feels like you don’t need a luggage tag, just wait until your bag is on that carousel and you’re struggling to pick it out of the crowd.
17 A Tour - Explore Your Surroundings
Contrary to popular belief, not all guided tours (in an airport or generally in your chosen destination) cost money. Some of them are actually free, and if you happen to be interested in that kind of thing, then a help desk may be able to get you on a tour on short notice.
If it’s Christmas time then there would undoubtedly be a festive flair attached to it, and you’re probably more likely to get it for free – because you know, people are generally just a lot nicer at this time of year.
P.S: We’ve done the research, that last part is definitely true.
16 Bus Pass - Odd But True
Depending on how busy it is and depending on your financial situation, you may be able to get a bus pass for free. This only usually applies in countries that allow for special circumstances, and if you’re after a minor Christmas miracle, then this could well be the way to go.
A lot of people don’t even really like getting the bus, but to those people, we say this: stop complaining. It’s often a cheap and relatively easy way to get around, which can be much needed if the traffic is busy – which it is regardless of where you are around December.
15 Wifi Code - We Need Internet!
It’s the 21st century, people.
Everyone needs wifi because everyone, in some way or form, has a connection to someone else with a phone, iPad or laptop. All you need to do is ask for the code and you’ll be given it, unless you’re dealing with a particularly useless member of staff.
We’re also going to go out on a limb (again) here and guess that a lot of hotels, in particular, will use a festive password or code in order for you to gain access. You may think that we’re reaching a little bit and we can completely understand that, but we’re choosing to believe it’s true.
14 Reading Material - In-Flight Entertainment
This one is specific to those of you boarding a plane, because we know that not everyone plans these things in advance. As it turns out most flights have reading material available for you at any given time, whether you’re on there for an hour or for 12.
It can be really useful especially if the material in question is something like an Argos catalogue because then you can have a browse and think about what to get your family and friends for Christmas – if you haven’t already done so, that is.
Factors like this are pretty small, but it’s still interesting to see which airlines offer the service properly and which drop the ball.
13 Candy Canes - Merry Christmas!
It’s Christmas, guys. Let loose!
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, we’re going to assume that you enjoy the festivities of Christmas time just as much as the next guy or girl. That includes indulging on many different sweets such as chocolate, and of course, candy canes.
We aren’t talking about Buddy the Elf quantities of candy canes here, but what we are talking about is one or two candy canes offered to you by a staff member. It’s a nice gesture, it doesn’t exactly cost much, and it’s just a fun way of saying thank you for travelling with us.
12 Sleeping Mask - Night Night
We kind of admire people who try to go to sleep on a plane or a train or even on a car journey, because it can be difficult to achieve the kind of ‘peaceful state’ necessary to actually fall into a slumber. Alas, despite our own reservations, many, many travellers still have a quick snooze every single day.
So then, a sleeping mask (preferably themed because Christmas is a really fun time) can really help. It allows you to block out the noise and block out all of the sights that would otherwise distract you. Sounds, simple right? That’s because it is.
11 Christmas Beverages - Mulled Wine O’Clock
From eggnog to mulled wine to Buck’s Fizz and beyond, Christmas is a time for indulging in beverages that you otherwise wouldn’t even think of trying out. So then, if the form of transport that you’re on is feeling festive and it happens to be close to Christmas, it’s more than worth asking what their selection is like.
You could have the intention of paying, for sure, only for them to offer it to you for free. Trust us, it happens more than you might think.
P.S: Anyone who claims eggnog isn’t actually that good is a liar.
10 Toothpaste - For Obvious Reasons
Because you need to brush your teeth, right?
The amount of toothpaste that hotels tend to give you is often quite ridiculous and there’s no real way of getting around that. It’s as if they think you’re some kind of incredibly small mythical creature who only uses up a pea-sized amount of toothpaste every time you brush.
Just ask for some toothpaste (candy cane flavour would be pretty cool) and you should be off to the races. Then, when you run out, just ask for more – because it’s quite literally their duty to offer it to you if they haven’t done so already.
9 Wheelchair - An Obvious One
Whether you use a wheelchair regularly or you require one because you’ve sustained some kind of injury recently, you’ll be happy to know that the majority of airports actually have wheelchairs readily available.
Obviously, you won’t have to pay because it’d be utterly ridiculous to ask you to fork out money over something that you medically need.
Christmas is a time for sharing and it’s a time for being there for other people, and it doesn’t matter whether you know them or not. It’s just about doing the right thing, as cliché and as boring as that may sound to some folks.
8 Christmas Market Advice - Which Way?
It’s the holiday season, so we can only assume that wherever you’re going will have some amazing Christmas markets. If that isn’t the case then we feel sorry for you, but if it is, then don’t worry about going through the TripAdvisor forums (which are horrible even at the best of times).
Just ask someone on your flight, train, bus or even in your Uber what they’re like. It’s important to have first-hand experience when it comes to Christmas markets because not everyone has the same kind of taste, and it doesn’t cost anything to just have a chat.
7 Charge Socket - Get Some Juice
If you can’t find a charge socket and you desperately need to give your phone some juice in order to make an important phone call, then literally just ask. It’s the job of the staff, regardless of what form of transport you’re getting, to assist you in any way they can.
The destination in question would have to be pretty backwards if they didn’t have a charge socket available, but even so, you’ll need to respect that fact if they don’t.
We personally feel like everyone should spend a lot more time away from their devices, but hey, that’s just us.
6 Blanket - It Can Get Cold
Flights, airports, trains and cars can be cold, guys.
It doesn’t hurt to ask for a blanket, because the majority of transport methods will have plenty handy – especially in December (unless you happen to be in Australia which we wouldn’t recommend).
Being in a position where you’re incredibly cold can lead to a multitude of different risks, even if that sounds like the silliest thing in the world to you.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even get a blanket that sings Christmas songs.
Yes, by the way, those do exist, and contrary to what you may think, they’re absolutely awesome. Fact.
5 Wrapping Paper - It’s Christmas, After All
We absolutely love the idea that you can ask somewhere for wrapping paper around Christmas time and they’ll have some. As we’ve said people just tend to be a little bit more enthusiastic at this time of year, and you need to embrace that to the best of your abilities.
Some would say it’s cheeky, but we wouldn’t agree with that assessment at all. In fact, if you look desperate enough at the time (which can come completely naturally to most around Christmas) then they’d probably offer it to you without you even having to ask.
Christmas spirit, y’all. It’s a thing.
4 Meeting With Santa - I KNOW HIM!
Santa’s Grotto is a place that we’ve all likely visited at some point throughout our lives, and that’s just a fact. Parents love to take their children to visit the man who brings us our gifts every single year, and the children in question are more than happy to oblige.
It’s not about faking your beliefs and it’s not about ruining it for others – it’s about seeing the look on that child’s face. So if you happen to be on holiday with some kind of a travel agency, just ask them to arrange the meeting, because you won’t regret it.
3 Religious Space - Take A Moment
The majority of airports have prayer rooms, meaning that if you’re a religious individual then you can engage in an act of prayer prior to a flight which is always a nice thing to do.
Christmas is heavily associated with religion by nature so the two go hand in hand perfectly, and sometimes, even if you aren’t religious, it can be worth heading into a prayer room in order to reflect on the year that has been and also look forward to what’s ahead. You may not think that it’s your kind of thing and we can completely understand that. It’s just a case of embracing what you feel comfortable with.
2 Museum Tickets - A Nice Gesture
Freebies are always nice and it’s great to explore different places and environments – meaning that museum tickets are the perfect thing to ask for if you happen to be looking for something to do. It’s a fun way to pass the time and, shockingly enough, you may actually learn a thing or two.
Often this type of ‘gift’, if you will, is offered to you by the staff in question, but you may also have to ask for it yourself. If that happens to be the case then don’t be worried about doing so, because as we’ve said so, so many times, that’s what Christmas is all about.
1 Toilet Roll - A Necessity
This is the ‘public service announcement’ kind of entry, in the sense that many of you won’t even want us to talk about it.
Look, toilet rolls are an important part of our day to day lives and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. While you may think that they’re pretty expensive depending on where you live, you can actually get them for pretty cheap if you’re on a plane. How cheap?
Absolutely free. The same can be said of hotels who offer you free toilet roll, and it’s not a case of having to earn your way with it. They just kind of say ‘here you go’.