Travel Tips

These articles are not about any one country in particular, but rather about traveling in general. They offer advice and insight on a variety of travel-related topics that will help you make the most of your next trip.

The minute someone announces that they'll be moving abroad or taking an extended trip, people who want to "visit you" appear out of the woodwork! Friends and family and even nearly-perfect strangers all want to share in the excitement, intrigue, romance of travel and exploration! I've heard cries of "I'm soooooooo coming!" from my sister, mother, countless friends and even my hair dresser! While I'm excited to go and travel solo, I'm also excited to have visitors! I've hosted numerous people, at sea, on land, et cetera; I've had enough experience with playing the host to have formed solid, reasonable…
Do you love a swig of beer or a glass of wine? No, I'm not going to tell you to stop! In fact I'm most likely the one urging you to have another glass. Just don't drink the same thing on vacation that you would be at home -- try something new! Never heard of it? Sound strange? Just go for it! Oh the stories I could tell of all the crazy local brews I've drank with locals around the world... ;) Here are five drinks that you should definitely try: Arak Arak is the traditional beverage in Iran, Iraq,…
Do you want to travel the world? And don't know how? Did you know that it's pretty simple actually. When I tell people, who I just met or even some family members, about my trips around the world, they are surprised and ask me if it's not dangerous. "But, what about your job? or your home? You don't have any security..." There's that word again "security". A reason why a lot of people are afraid to travel around the world. Not knowing where your are going to sleep or eat the next day. You know what? That's what I love…
Paying extra baggage fees at the airport is pretty common these days. In fact, airlines continue to rely on baggage fees and similar other charges to improve their profitability. In 2012 airlines in the USA collected about $3.5 billion as baggage fees. Most passengers end up shelling extra bucks either due to improper packing or sheer bad luck. However, with thoughtful consideration you can avoid paying those hefty fees. Here are some tips to help save a ton of money. 1. Choose your airline carefully. Different airlines impose different restrictions. For instance, SouthWest allows you to carry two bags free…
All types of emergencies can happen while traveling. For some people traveling in a foreign country is routine while for others it is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or taking that one time memorable trip, being prepared in case of an emergency situation can mean the difference in getting through the situation smoothly or in some cases not surviving at all. Travelers can encounter everything thing from natural disasters to being a victim of crime or being caught up in a political uprising. There are a few things you can do to be…
I prefer to think that I'm travelling solo. But judging how the two Japanese ladies on the chair lift recoiled in horror when I told them I was solo, they obviously thought I was travelling alone. The two ladies were part of a group of 30 who had come on a tour to ski in Hakuba from Yokohama, about 300km away. To them, coming all the way from Australia to ski here by yourself seemed incomprehensible. Can travelling by yourself actually be enjoyable? Would someone actually choose to do that? Absolutely! It's all about attitude. Being solo doesn't mean you…
Dedicate time to learn a new language! It's important when traveling. Learning a new language, whether for business or for pleasure, can be hard after adolescent years but don't let that discourage you! What makes it hard is not having anyone to speak the language with. But that can be solved. All is asked of you is to dedicate some time. Knowing three languages myself, you can quickly forget simple words when you do not use your languages often. Here are some tips to help enhance vocabulary and pronunciation: Vocabulary Books - I'm not a fan of a…
If you travel long or often enough, it is inevitable – something will go wrong. I’m not talking about life-threatening incidents that fingers crossed, we all manage to avoid whilst on the road. I’m referring to those moments or events that irritate even the most experienced traveler – plane delays, bus breakdowns, stolen bags, over-booked hotels, scams, bed bugs, lost passport, food poisoning, getting locked up abroad – just to name a few. When your travel adventure becomes a travel misadventure – and it will – take a deep breath and remember the following: 1. There is always someone worse…
Relieve Anxiety 3 Ways During Travel, Is there such a thing? Yes, and no I'm not talking about taking Prozac. I can tell you first hand how difficult it is to travel when you are anxiety prone. All those thoughts about missing your flight, lost luggage, crying babies can be enough to really make you lose sleep over traveling. (especially the crying babies, kidding) So what can you do to overcome such anxiety? Well I'll share some of my tips that I just recently used for trips over the summer-trust me they work! 1. Prepare If you are the type…
Receiving my Amazon Kindle as a birthday present a few years ago was one of the best presents. Not only did it excel my book-worming habits but it also made packing for travel a snap. So e-readers are not new but if you don't know own one yet you don't know what you're missing. After all the extensive travel I did this summer and with my Kindle chock full of amazing books I thought I would share some of my finds that were great to read while on the road. Many of these are available in paperback too. 1. 50…
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