More Posts On: Advice

Stupid Tip of the Day: Have Vehicle Damage Officially Recorded Before Leaving the Rental Car Facility

“It really only takes under 1 minute to video around the car and zoom in on anything that you may be charged for after the fact when a rental company says ‘you’ did this to the car. The only mistake I made was not panning the camera up to show I was still at the airport and the slot the car was in (will make sure I do that next time).”

You can indeed potentially save yourself time and trouble with this advice which was imparted by…

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New Travel Warning to Mexico Issued: Should You Avoid Going There?

Citing violent crimes on American citizens — including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery — as a result of the activities of criminal organizations, the Department of State of the United States issued this official warning alerting to the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico…

…but does that mean that you should not travel there?

Before attempting to answer that question, here is an excerpt from the official warning…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Try to Park For Free at a Hotel Near the Airport

“Has anyone parked at hotels without staying there and leaving your the car for 2-3 days without getting in trouble ? if so what hotels do u use? I’m thinking ill be using a high traffic hotel so hopefully they don’t notice my car!”

FlyerTalk member futbol90x is already starting off on the wrong foot with that question.

First…

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Why You Would Need an International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is considered to be a valid form of identification in 199 countries and autonomous territories worldwide and contains your name, photograph and driver information — and many countries highly recommend carrying one along with your driver’s license…

…but an important reason to carry an International Driving Permit is because…

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Reminder: You Do Not Get If You Do Not Ask

Wanting to sit next to his wife aboard an airplane as they rarely travel alone, Edward Pizzarello of Pizza in Motion reasoned that “there’s no way I would ever ask someone to switch from an aisle seat to a window in this situation.”

The situation to which he referred was…

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Literally Breaking News: Why You Should Keep Your Feet Off the Dashboard

“Sad story but a good reminder not to do this. I shared with my teenager who is wont to prop her feet up on the dash and thinks I’m being stupid for making her take them down”, Ryan — who is a reader of The Gate — posted in response to this article I wrote two years and two days ago pertaining to the one reason why you should keep your feet off of the dashboard when inside of a moving vehicle. “Hopefully it starts to sink in.”

When I wrote the aforementioned article back on…

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Total Solar Eclipse: Two Useful Tools to Know Where to Go

Although some good information was imparted in this article which I wrote exactly one month ago, you might want to experience the total eclipse of the sun for as long as possible — but where exactly should you go?

The two tools which are highlighted in this article should help you find a precise location where you can enjoy the total eclipse of the sun…

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11 Things You Should Know About Driving Across Borders in Southern Africa

The decision to drive around southern Africa for two weeks was a good one for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed my road trips — but there are some things about which you should know if you intend to embark on a similar adventure.

Not all border crossing experiences are the same, as one border post can be different from another — even if they both serve the same two countries.

Based on my experiences, here are eleven suggestions on how to ensure that your experience crossing borders between countries in southern Africa can be less stressful, confusing, daunting and frustrating…

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How Much Should You Tip Around The World?

Tipping has been a volatile topic in the world of frequent travelers since — well — arguably since when frequent travel first started: tip the housekeeping staff; tip the server in a restaurant; tip the driver of a taxi cab, airport shuttle service or ride-sharing service; tip the concierge in a hotel or resort property…

…but how much should you tip around the world? An interesting infographic…

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