5 top tips to travel like the world's favourite spy

5 top tips to travel like the world's favourite spy
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No one travels quite the way 007 does. When you have an unlimited budget, premium service is expected. Fortunately, you don't need to have quite as much money as Bond does to live out your secret agent dreams.

Exotic locations, luxury hotels, and fancy gadgets, it's all part of the job when you're the world's most famous secret agent. James Bond has been captivating audiences on screen for more than 50 years and has given us a serious case of travel lust.

Well you too can travel like Bond if you're a little creative. Live his lifestyle without dodging bullets, or breaking the bank, and know that these tips aren't for your eyes only.

How to get a free upgrade

No super spy ever flies economy; it's first and upper class only. Even though you don't have an unlimited budget from her Majesty's Secret Service, you might be able to score an upgrade for free.

If you're a frequent flyer, try to be as loyal as you can to a single airline and their partners. Join their loyalty programme and collect points anyway you can. It may take some time for you to get a free flight, but airlines will always upgrade loyal flyers first.

Flexibility can also work in your favour. Airlines purposely overbook some flights; this happens when the airline books more passengers than available seats.

If this happens, the airline will offer passengers with a confirmed seat travel vouchers worth hundreds of dollars if they volunteer to be bumped onto the next available flight.

Drink like Bond

If Bond chooses his airline based on drink selection, then Virgin Atlantic would be on the top of his list. Upper class passengers on Virgin Atlantic have access to a futuristic on-board bar where they can sit, socialise, and of course order Bond's favourite drink; a Vesper, shaken, not stirred (as featured in Quantum of Solace).

Even if you're not flying in upper class, you can still get a cocktail fix at 30,000ft by creating your own when the drinks trolley arrives. For instance mix orange juice, Tequilla and Sprite for a spin on the traditional margarita or combine Baileys and vodka for a DIY version of a White Russian. Sadly you will have to stir rather than shake these cocktails.

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