12/04/2014 04:03 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2015

20 Ways to Travel Better (PHOTOS)

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There are two types of travelers in this world: those who put up with the difficulties and occasional indignities of travel and those who are determined to triumph over them.

If you're in the former camp, take note: with so much new technology available at your fingertips--and so many companies coming up with innovative solutions to travel dilemmas--there's no reason to suffer in silence any longer.

For the past year, Travel + Leisure's Trip Doctor news team has been testing and evaluating ways to travel better. Among our finds: a new breed of flexible airfare search tools that are making it easier to find lower-priced tickets that work with your schedule and travel parameters.

We also uncovered some enterprising services that will help you get paid--handsomely--when your flight is delayed or your luggage goes missing. And once you've arrived in your destination, we've identified simple ways that you can access a gym (a good one), stream your favorite television shows, connect to Wi-Fi for free, keep your business attire looking sharp, and ensure that your essential mobile devices never run out of batteries.

We even looked closely at the real reason some bags don't make it to their final destination. And we asked Google Maps to analyze its traffic data to help us pinpoint the best (and worst) times to hit the road before a major holiday.

The result of all this research: your road map for how to travel better in 2015.

20 Ways to Travel Better

--By Lisa Cheng, Nikki Ekstein, Amy Farley, Katie James, Brooke Porter Katz, and Tom Samiljan

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