Travel Tips, Advice, How-To’s & More

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Travel Preparation

How to Travel as Inexpensively as Possible – Ways to maximize mileage and minimize costs.

How to Travel with Friends Without Wanting to Kill Each Other – Tips so that you can remain friends after you return.

Why Travel Light? 10 Reasons to Pack Less – Reasons why packing and traveling light is the way to go.

How to Pack and Travel Light – Know why you should? Then do it.

Know Your Vaccinations Before Traveling – A guide to the most common vaccinations and preventive measures recommended prior to travel abroad.

Don’t Be Feckless or Reckless, Use a Checklist – A guide on why and how to use a checklist as you pack for travels.

Lose Your Preconceived Notions – Before planning a trip, forget everything that you’ve ever heard about the destination, and discover it for yourself.

Keep Calm and Carry-On – I’m a firm believer in never checking my bags when I fly, and here’s why.

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World

Common Gestures In One Place, But Offensive Elsewhere – Gestures used around the world that may be misinterpreted as obscene or rude in other cultures.

Important Words, Phrases, and Gestures to Know When Traveling – A list of the words and phrases that are important to memorize when traveling abroad.

ENRICH: Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture and Heritage – The differences among these related terms to help you understand and see the differences.

Hispanic vs. Latino vs. Spanish vs. Latin American – The differences among these related terms to help you understand and see the differences.

Meet the Deities of Travel – All the gods, goddesses, patron saints, and other deities related to travel from cultures around the world.

Using the Backpacker’s Monologue – A different approach to studying basic words and phrases in a foreign language.

En Route

Tips for an Enjoyable Flight Experience – Over 100 tips for enjoying your flight, from prior to the trip, to seating, layovers, sleeping, and entertainment, to arriving at your destination.

Don’t Be An Asshole: Proper Plane-Boarding & Exiting Etiquette – There’s limited time for passengers to board a plane, so there are some common and courteous protocols that need to be followed to ensure a timely takeoff.

The Best Programs to Speed You Through Airport Security – Expedited security programs from various countries, and how they stack up to each other.

Traveling with Friends: Creating a Shared Wallet – Creating a “shared wallet” is a useful tool for traveling with friends, handling the money spent amongst each other, and remaining friends after the trip.

How to Stay Healthy During a Flight – Useful tips and best practices for not letting a long flight ruin your upcoming vacation by making you sick.

Flights & Airfare

Cheap Flights Guide – Use these suggestions to virtually guarantee the cheapest fare possible.

Which Airline Alliance Should I Join? – Things to consider as you navigate the pros and cons of each of the “Big 3” airline alliances.

Which Frequent Flyer Program Should I Join? – Factors that should be considered before choosing one program over another. Which program is best?

Finding Destinations By Deals, Rather Than Deals By Destination – A different approach to traveling on a budget.

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Health & Safety

Articles full of tips and information about staying healthy, preventing diseases, keeping you and your belongings safe, general well being, and taking care of related problems on the road. Check out all the health & safety posts here »

At Destination

A Plea to Every Traveler: Remember, You Are An Ambassador – You are an ambassador for the country of your passport, your city, your religious, political, and ideological views, for your friends and family, whether you like it or not.

How To Travel Alone – For solo travelers/backpackers, how to deal with safety, boredom, depression, etc. while traveling alone; benefits of traveling solo.

Bring Home Proper Souvenirs! – A guide to advise on which souvenirs should be taken home.

Reasons To Eat Street Food – Several benefits of eating the working-class street grub.

How to Stay Fit and Slim While on Vacation – Key things to remember to not lose your way when relaxing abroad.

The Traveler’s Guide to Sleeping Well – Don’t succumb to poor sleep while traveling; Sleep right with these tips, and have a better time while you’re awake.

Calling Home For Cheap (or Free!) While Abroad – Don’t pay a fortune communicating back home while traveling!

Thoughts & Musings

15+ Ideas for Travel Blog Posts – Writer’s block? Here are 15+ ideas to get you back in the game.

Satisfy Your Indulgences Abroad – Perhaps you should get that mani/pedi while traveling?

See It Twice; Once Shouldn’t Suffice – Why you should give every destination a second chance.

CouchSurfing

All About CouchSurfing: The Complete Guide – When you aren’t traveling, yet missing the feel of being abroad, why not host a friend or new acquaintance in your home from abroad?

Giddy Nonetheless: Can’t Travel? Bring Destinations to You – When you aren’t traveling, yet missing the feel of being abroad, why not host a friend or new acquaintance in your home from abroad?

CouchSurfing Perils – Just about the only downside to CouchSurfing.

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