More Posts On: Advice

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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Reminder: 3 Ways to Avoid Being the Victim of Pickpockets

Mere seconds is all the time that is needed for a pickpocket to suddenly ruin your trip — and hours, days or even weeks of time could elapse until you are finally back to some semblance of normal, as by the time you realize that you became the victim of a pickpocket, he or she is already long gone.


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Stupid Tip of the Day: An Easy Way to Get Rid of Excess Foreign Currency

Your trip was a success; and as it comes to a close, you once again find yourself with excess currency — and you wonder what is the best way to get rid of it: spend it on something you do not want or need? Exchange it back into the currency you will use when you travel home and take a loss? Donate it to a worthwhile organization or to someone who is in need? Keep it as a souvenir or give it as a gift to a family member?

While the aforementioned solutions are all viable — and although there are certainly other legitimate alternatives — an easy way to get rid of excess foreign currency is…

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Can You Find the Red Chairs in This Photograph?

In honour of Canada Day — yes, honour, as I will even honour how Canadians spell the word honor — I thought I would offer an easy game to play while simultaneously bringing about awareness to what I believe is an interesting program.

Here is the same photograph as the one seen at the top of this article, on which you can click to see an enlarged view…

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31 Incredibly Useful Tips Every Anxious Traveler Needs To Know?

While I was researching for this article I wrote pertaining to apprehension before going on a trip, I found this article called 31 Incredibly Useful Tips Every Anxious Traveler Needs To Know, which was written by Anna Borges for BuzzFeed; and those suggestions were compiled from members of its community.

“Because your anxiety doesn’t take a vacation just because you do” is the tagline to the article — and that is true. Although it pertains more to depression than anxiety, Andy Luten of Andy’s Travel Blog — a person with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting — recorded what he called a “rant” in a video in which he was quite candid about how travel will not fix you; and he posted that video in this article.

The 31 tips are listed below — along with my commentary…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Take Every Questionable Item Out at Airport Security Checkpoints

Going through the usual procedure at an airport security checkpoint, the agent of the Transportation Security Administration is suddenly alarmed by the machine — and you find out that the belt buckle or the watch or a coin is the culprit when walking through the body scanner.

“I have been through hundreds of airport security checkpoints; and this item has never alarmed before,” you might say to the agent — but that statement is of no use at that moment, which is already too late. Now you get a “free pat-down” and endure an invasive search which…

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Apprehension of Going on a Trip

Every time I prepare to go on a trip, there is always a sense of perturbation prior to leaving. Never mind that I have been traveling for years all over the world — whether it is a location in some distant land or a short jaunt to a nearby destination. Whether or not I am completely prepared for the trip does not seem to matter.

I originally was going to use the word…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: NEVER Let Anyone In Your Hotel Room

“One late evening in Thailand I got on a hotel elevator and a man in a suit got on behind me. He punched a floor number higher than mine, but got off with me on my floor, where he claimed to be security. He stated that he believed I had an unregistered guest in my room and insisted on looking in. So I let him, where he found no one.”

The narrative posted by…

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