May 3, 2023 | 10:41 am
S2 E5 🎙️ Napkin Tray Holder Travel Hack 🙊 Have you tried this before? You can check out my bio for the full podcast! #travel #travelhack #travelhacks #traveltips
♬ original sound – Queenie Tan
Flying on a plane without in-flight entertainment can be annoying – but an influencer revealed a simple way around it.
Financial guru Queenie Tan, who is known for her money-saving tips and travel tips, said all you need is your phone and a napkin.
The 26-year-old from Sydney took to TikTok explaining how it has changed her flying experience, adding how she was able to watch movies and TV shows.
“So [they] took the case off their phone and they actually put a tissue between the case and the phone,” she said.
“Then you just take the napkin and stick it between the tray holder … and it’s basically the same thing,” she said, comparing it to an in-flight entertainment screen.
Tan said she saw the trick on TikTok and it saved her spending money on gadgets for her phone on Amazon.
Many were impressed by the hack, with one saying: “I do this all the time.”
Some have said that the hospital bags that come in the seat pocket work just as well as a tissue.
“Good to know as I have a long trip coming up soon!” said one woman.
“Why bother buying a standing case I bought on eBay?” said a second person, while a third added: “Stop with the napkin. I’m totally trying this.”
Tan, a frequent traveler who boasts more than three million “likes” on her TikTok, is known for sharing money-saving tips and tricks.
In a recent video, she revealed how you can get 10 to 20 percent off your shopping in Europe through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS).
“When you’re a tourist from a non-European country, all you have to do is show your passport when you buy something and tell them you want to apply for the tourist tax refund scheme,” Tan said.
“Then you’ll be able to get the sales tax back at the airport when you leave.
It is usually 10 to 20 percent depending on the country.
“Just remember to take your receipt with you to the airport and the items in your carry-on.”
Angus Kidman, travel expert at Finder, told news.com.au the refund scheme potentially allows you to claim back the GST [goods and service tax] on expensive items, but there are a lot of hoops to jump through.
“Consumers are affected by VAT (value added tax) or GST in many countries and these tend to be very high in Europe,” he said.
Kidman said the percentage typically ranges from 5 to 25 percent, depending on the country.
“As an EU visitor returning home, you may be entitled to buy goods VAT-free in certain shops,” he said.
“[But] keep in mind there are a few hoops you have to jump through first – miss just one step and you lose your refund,” he said.
He said you would have to pay full price including tax for the items in the store.
“You will be refunded the VAT on departure,” he said.
“There is no single standard procedure for the entire European Union.
Generally you will need to fill in some paperwork, then take your receipts/forms to a VAT office at the airport or border post and finally show the item to customs.’
“If you request a cash refund at the airport, you should receive it immediately. But it can take up to three weeks for a bank transfer.”
Kidman also said that the rules vary depending on where you are in Europe.
“Each country has its own tax regime and there is often a minimum amount you need to spend to qualify for a refund.”