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Essential Tips From a Travel Addict

Location: Japan
Camera info: Fuji Finepix A303 • Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 2.8 • 1/150 sec

Travel can be very addicting! So far, I’ve been to 10 countries and numerous states. Along the way, I’ve learned several helpful lessons. Most travelers have heard the country-specific advice, like don’t eat with your left hand in India, don’t point the bottom of your feet at people in China, or that the “ok” hand gesture is not so ok in Brazil. So here’s a few travel tips that could be applied nearly everywhere.

  • Do your research beforehand! Learn about the country’s climate, history, religion, special customs, holidays, etc.
  • Try to learn something in the local language before you go, even if it’s as simple as “Hello.” People appreciate the effort you make to understand them.
  • “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Unknown
  • Cross pack! If traveling with others you trust, put some clothes & essentials in another’s bag, so if yours is lost, you have something to fall back on.
  • Ziploc bags are a lifesaver. Especially when your luggage falls off the side of a boat. *sigh*
  • Be nice to the check-in staff; it’s not their fault airlines are inherently evil.
  • Food and drink is a key element of hospitality in many countries, especially out East. Unless you have a medical reason, don’t turn down what they offer you.
  • Don’t start riots. Most people won’t like you if you do.
  • Don’t drink the water! Unless you have made sure it’s been purified. This includes watching out for ice cubes and items washed in local water, like lettuce.
  • “You’re not a traveler if you can’t haggle; you’re a tourist. But you’re also not a traveler if you haggle for six hours; you’re a cheap jerk.” – Unknown
  • Make sure your travel documents are correct and up-to-date, if you don’t want to be in the sequal to “The Terminal.”

What’s your favorite or most helpful travel tip? Let’s keep the list going!

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