Travel Tips

Travel Tips



There are common sense travel tips,​ like "Check at​ least three web sites to​ get the​ best deal on​ plane tickets." Then there are the​ tips that are more along the​ line of​ "secrets." These are the​ little-known tricks learned by experience. Here are some of​ the​ best of​ those.

Cheap Travel Tips

Find out where local visitors from within the​ country stay. the​ cheapest "tourist hotel" I could find when in​ a​ resort town in​ Mexico was $135. I asked a​ local businessman where to​ find a​ cheap room,​ and got one for $10. There wasn't a​ swimming pool,​ but the​ room was spotless. I was there to​ travel,​ not to​ lounge,​ so this suited me fine.

Negotiating room charges is​ common in​ many countries. in​ Banos,​ Ecuador,​ we negotiated our room rate down from $12 to​ $6 per night,​ by paying for several nights in​ advance. the​ trick here is​ to​ be sure that there are other options,​ then make your final offer and walk away. Most owners will call you​ back and lower the​ price.

Consider hostels,​ if​ you​ don't mind sharing a​ room. They're much more common overseas. This saves you​ a​ lot if​ you​ are single,​ because you​ pay for the​ bed. I once spent four days in​ a​ hostel for $4 per day,​ breakfast included. I shared a​ room with several others,​ and a​ TV room with travelers from 16 countries.

Hotels in​ the​ U.S. are less likely to​ negotiate,​ but we have done it. Most small chain motels are not company-owned,​ but franchises,​ so it​ is​ usually the​ owner behind the​ counter. Paying for several nights in​ advance,​ or​ just starting to​ walk away,​ has resulted in​ discounts for us many times.

Travel is​ often only as​ cheap as​ your plane tickets. For international travel,​ search the​ fares to​ several countries that you​ would like to​ visit. Go to​ the​ cheapest one now - the​ others will be cheap another time,​ and a​ savings of​ $500 can buy a​ few extra days,​ or​ an​ extra mini-vacation some other time.

Anywhere you​ go,​ there are things you​ can do to​ keep it​ cheaper. Eat where locals eat,​ for example,​ instead of​ at​ tourist restaurants. See the​ free and cheap attractions first. you​ might have so much fun that you'll never get around to​ doing the​ expensive things. Higher prices mean better quality with travel bags,​ but not necessarily with travel experiences.

Other Travel Tips

E-mail important documents to​ yourself. These should include a​ copy of​ your passport,​ other IDs,​ phone numbers of​ the​ U.S. Consulate offices where you'll be,​ and your itinerary or​ e-tickets for any flights. in​ this way,​ even if​ you​ are robbed and lose everything,​ you'll have access to​ all the​ important documents from any internet cafe in​ the​ world.

On a​ streetcar,​ I once had a​ pocket unzipped and the​ wallet removed without feeling a​ thing. Many pickpockets are experts. Fortunately,​ it​ was a​ "decoy" wallet,​ with nothing but a​ few pieces of​ paper,​ and a​ fake credit card. Other ways to​ protect money,​ cards and documents include putting a​ bill or​ two under the​ inner sole of​ running shoes,​ safety-pinning a​ hidden pocket inside your pants,​ and hiding cash in​ several different places.

I see young travelers in​ other countries walking anywhere they feel like it​ at​ night,​ and then being shocked that they are robbed. Aren't there places in​ New York or​ Chicago where you​ wouldn't walk at​ night? Ask the​ locals where it​ is​ safe and where it​ isn't,​ and trust your intuition when it​ warns you. Leave expensive clothing and jewelry at​ the​ hotel when you​ are just out for a​ walk. Safety tricks are the​ most important travel tips.




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