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  • Travel Tips Revealed

    Ranging from the practical to the profound, the travel secrets they reveal offer insights and ideas for every type of traveler
    • Be curious -- and humble



    • It sounds morbid, but one of the most interesting (and usually free) ways to learn about a city is to explore its cemeteries. These spaces are often beautiful and can offer insights into the history, architecture, art and religious beliefs of a city. Major cemeteries are usually full of elaborate monuments, interesting folklore and even celebrities (their headstones at least). Despite being such treasure troves, cemeteries are rarely crowded and make a nice escape from the urban jungle



    • Trying to get into a sold-out hotel? Find out when cancellation penalties set in for the date you want to arrive, then call the property on the morning of that day. You can scoop up rooms made available by people who've just canceled



    • Put almost every dollar spent on a American Express Gold card that gets Membership Reward points -- even mortgage companies takes it for monthly house payments! When you use the points at American Express Travel (online), they're good on any airline, hotel or car rental. Because almost all of my spending goes on that card, you can have enough points to travel (nearly) free all year long. Other airline credit cards like (Visa) are good for those few places that don't take American Express



    • It's harder to receive than to give. We're naturally suspicious of local people's motives when offered friendship or shelter. Be open-minded



    • You should always carry a copy of your passport when you travel, but more important is keeping that copy safe. In the event your bags are lost or stolen, what are you going to do if your passport is in the bag? Keep a copy of your passport in the sole of your shoe. Most tennis shoes have removable inserts -- tuck the copy of your passport under the insert and go about your merry way. You won't lose your shoes if you're wearing them, and if you're robbed in a foreign city, the mugger won't go after your tennis shoes -- so you'll still have a copy of your passport



    • Always pack zip-lock bags. They are ideal for packing things tighter, separating wet from dry and managing small items like batteries. I always pack a few bags in a variety of sizes before every trip





    • Connect with locals living in your destination via Facebook, Twitter or blogs, and make a point to meet them for coffee or even couch surf with some of them. You'll find yourself getting deeper under the skin of the country, and understanding a bit more about local culture and lifestyle than you usually would





    • Question charges like resort fees or valet parking at hotels. Often they will be removed from your bill if you question them at check-out


    


    

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    • You'll always get more in-depth information in the guidebook with the narrowest scope. If you're going to Rome, the Rome book will be better than the Italy book, and that will be better than the Europe book. Guidebooks are not necessarily updated every year, so choose the one with the most recent publication date and know that the book was written at least six to nine months prior to publication (i.e., things may have changed). Also, three guidebooks are better than one -- consider bringing only one or two travel guides and photocopying pages out of the rest, which you can toss when you move on to the next destination or head home



    • Don't assume your way is the only way



    • Saving money on a rental car has to be the most mundane and least thrilling secret I could offer, but there's nothing dull about saving a dozen to a few hundred dollars every time you travel -- money that can be put toward something a whole lot more exciting. A few years ago I learned that rental car rates behave unlike almost any other sale in the travel biz -- almost like a transaction at the Beijing silk market. Whatever price you are quoted at first, you can work the system such that you pay a mere fraction of the quoted price



    • Before you start your trip, take a photo of your luggage. Put yourself into the pic, standing next to the bag. (This will give a good idea of the bag's size.) Keep the shot in your camera, and also print out a copy. When your bag goes missing, hand over the copy (or show the in-cam shot) to the baggage folks at the airport. This can really help with finding your luggage



    • Take an extra, minimalist outfit in your carry-on. Luggage, inevitably, will get lost at some point



    • Divide each person's belongings amongst all luggage. This is especially important for traveling with a baby, but good for everyone too



    • Book your accommodations directly on the hotel's own Web site. Join the hotel's mailing list and reward program. You'll get the guaranteed lowest rates without booking fees and burdensome cancellation polices



    • Place a plastic bag under the screw caps of soaps and shampoos and tie the bag around the bottle. This way if the cap opens, the bottle spills into the bag, not on your clothes


    


    

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    • #3
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      • Book your flight on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Most of the airlines roll out their online sales in the beginning of the work week -- especially the domestic discount airlines -- so this is the best time to take advantage of limited-time fare sales. And if you see a good sale from an airline, keep an eye on its competitors. Airlines regularly publish similar promotions at the same time (which is known as a 'fare war')



      • Do away with bringing loads of money on European trips and simply pack your debit card. ATM machines are all over the place in major cities and work the same way as they do here in America. I tend to carry as little cash as possible when I travel overseas. Obviously you don't want to be walking the streets of Rome or Paris with nothing in your wallet, so always bring a little to exchange at the airport and use your plastic the rest of the way. Some ATM machines even offer better exchange rates than the airport or your hotel. Just be cautious of ATM fees as they can add up, and avoid using a credit card. Remember it's much easier to replace a lost debit card than it is a wallet full of cash


      • To prevent leaving your phone charger in your hotel room when you check out (which, alas, happened to me once), unplug the charger every time you remove your phone and put it back in your luggage. On a similar note, ensure that you don't leave anything in your room safe when you check out by putting something essential for your day of travel (purse, coat, shoe) on top of the safe



      • Remain FLEXIBLE and have BACK-UP PLANS. Expect things to go wrong -- the rental agent not to answer his phone; delays that keep you from getting to town before the restaurants close; your wallet to be stolen; your passport to be lost. That way you won't spend precious hours freaking out ... you can simply move to Plan B





      


      

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      • #4
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        waah jii, waah...zabardast info di hai...thankoo
        Life is NOT measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away!!!
        16 breaths a minute, 23040 a day...NO one knows which one will be their LAST!

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Khalil KhaaN FaaKhta View Post
          waah jii, waah...zabardast info di hai...thankoo

          Please add more of your own!!


          


          

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          • #6
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            Interesting idea putting a copy of your passport in your shoe.

            I would say:
            Tie ribbons around the handle of your suitcase to make it more visible.
            Write down your name and address and take a picture of it so if your camera goes missing, maybe someone will post it back to you (or call you if you put your number).
            Write an address label and put it inside your suitcase as well as one outside, in case it comes off.
            Make a list of everything in your suitcase so its easier at customs if they ask you what you have in them.
            Put an empty bottle in your hand luggage and fill it up air side.

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            • #7
              Travel Tips Revealed

              If traveling with toddlers, I give them their own small bagpack with their spare clothes, an activity book and snack!! Apna bhoj khud uthayo!!!
              Slightly Crazy and Plenty Lazy

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              • #8
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                if you are a young unmarried male, stay from the bulk head,...too noisy due to kids. they cry in perfect synchronization...i hate babies in the plane...they must be made to walk to their destinations! hehe
                Life is NOT measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away!!!
                16 breaths a minute, 23040 a day...NO one knows which one will be their LAST!

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                • #9
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                  This is really helpful!!!

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                  • #10
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                    First of all, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and shoes if you are flying or driving to destination.
                    Another thing you can do to make yourself more comfortable is not drink carbonated drinks. Most of us love our Cokes and 7-Ups, but don't realize how bloated they can make you. Combine this with 9 hours of sitting in a seat, and you'll have one uncomfortable stomach.

                    For your luggage, make sure you pack any valuables in your carry-on, or keep them on you. NEVER put your expensive items in your check-in luggage.
                    Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala,Bura Naa Milya Ko'ee
                    Jo Maan Khoja Apnaa,Tou Mujhse Bura Naa Ko'ee

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                    • #11
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                      With regards to frequent flier miles/credit card miles:

                      If you have a holiday destination in mind and want to save a few bucks on that airfare, chances are you'll be interested in earning air miles as quickly as possible to get that ticket. These days, you don't have to travel thousands of miles to receive those handy frequent-flyer points; airlines now make it simple for everyone to earn air miles. Before you open an account with each airline to receive bonus miles, take some time to research the market so you know exactly how to earn miles as quickly as possible.


                      What probably seems like an obvious way to earn air miles, customers should look into what airline they're traveling with to rack up points quickly. Sign up for the United Airlines (united.com) Mileage Plus program and travelers can fly with over 30 Star Alliance airlines to receive air miles; these can add up, whether you're traveling for business or on a vacation. It's not only flying that will help you receive miles fast. Booking hotels, renting a car or planning a cruise are all different ways to quickly earn miles while traveling. Earn enough points and you may also be eligible to receive bonus award miles.


                      Shop with Credit Cards

                      If you love to shop, opening up a credit card to earn air miles might be the way to score those miles quickly. Both Visa (visa.com) and MasterCard (MasterCard.us) offer customers the chance to open accounts where they can score bonus air miles with every purchase. You can earn up to 50,000 bonus points by spending $3,000 in the first three-months of opening a MasterCard Chase SapphireSM account. Be sure to look into annual fees and APR rates before opening a credit card account.

                      Buy Miles from the Airline

                      If you don't plan to travel or go on wild shopping sprees in the near future, another way to get more air miles is to purchase them yourself. American Airlines (aa.com) offers blocks of miles to purchase, with bonus mile promotions available when purchased throughout the year. The airline also allows customers to share their miles, so if you have a generous family member or friend willing to part with their points, you can easily score extra miles quickly. Southwest (southwest.com) is another airline that has miles for sale, with a maximum of 40,000 miles up for sale with each account.

                      Focus on a particular program

                      It's easy to sign up for different programs with a number of airlines, but if you focus on one particular airline or program, you'll have a lot more success earning miles quickly. Once you've decided on the airline and program you want to earn miles with, pay attention to promotions they offer that can earn you extra miles, or see what partners they work with where you can also earn bonus points. For instance, if you sign up to receive SkyMiles with Delta (delta.com), you'll have access to a list of limited-time air-mile offers provided by the airline, such as car rentals and flower deliveries. With each purchase you'll be adding to your airline miles





                      


                      

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                      • #12
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                        Good stuff!

                        Ok,do they weigh your hand carry?!I don't think they do...as in can we get away with a few kilos extra in a small sized bag?

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                        • #13
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                          ^ Depends on the airline

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                          • #14
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                            I'm planning a road trip soon after I finish up with uni.

                            All I want to say is EUROPE be aware....BE VERY AWARE... lol
                            “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

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                            • #15
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                              ^ keep a travel log/diary for us and update regularly!!!


                              


                              

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