Top 3 Pieces of Traveling Advice by Travelers Around the World

Two weeks ago we asked our readers what most important travel advice they would like to share to their fellow travelers. Things that make their travel more enjoyable, more meaningful, and more memorable. I was very pleased with the great responses I received. Some of the most popular advice were things that most long-term travelers would probably agree on: pack light, and travel slow. Then there were lots other great tips that I hadn’t heard before, or at least hadn’t really focused on. In putting this list together I’ve learned a lot, and I hope it gives you some fresh perspectives too.

On to the responses!

Nora from The Professional Hobo:

Push yourself! By pushing herself, Nora enjoyed an interesting conversation with this fascinating artist, Toro Bravo, in Spain. © The professional Hobo
Push yourself! By pushing herself, Nora enjoyed an interesting conversation with this fascinating artist, Toro Bravo, in Spain. © The professional Hobo
  • Travel slowly. Not everybody can do this, but I find that I get a much more “authentic” cultural experience by staying in one place for a while and not trying to see everything. Yes, sometimes I miss out on something good, but I end up much less fatigued (which is important as a full-time traveler), and I get a chance to meet, live, eat, shop, and enjoy life with (and like) the locals.
  • Push yourself. If you’re scared or nervous about something, or get a sudden bout of shyness, it probably means it’s worth doing. I felt an uncharacteristic bout of travel-induced shyness in Australia, and again in Spain, but they both ended up being incredibly rewarding experiences once I pushed beyond that comfort zone.
  • If somebody offers up their home, say yes. I regularly hear people say “if you’re ever in my town, come stay with me”! But again because of travel-induced shyness or not wanting to put anybody out, we often decline or simply lose touch. Instead, I say “watch out what you offer, because I’ll take you up on it”! If they reiterate the offer, then I cordially arrive, suitcases in hand. Informal couch-surfing stays like these have been among my most valued travel experiences.

Shannon from A Little Adrift:

Eat the street food! Here's papoosas from Guatemala. © A Little Adrift
Eat the street food! Trying out papoosas from Guatemala. © A Little Adrift
  • Eat the street food! Street food is an amazing way to not only eat cheap, but also eat with the locals and more closely experience the culture. As long as the food is piping hot you should be fairly safe. The flavors are amazing and you can often find quick eats and local snacks that are never offered in the touristed restaurants.
  • Pack light. Whether your using a backpack or even a pulley suitcase you need to keep it light. There will be times that you are hiking uphill to a hostel with your pack, or hoisting your pull suitcase onto trains and into overhead bins…make sure you can do that yourself quickly and easily – if not, you’re packing too much weight!
  • Go slowly. You see more, you meet more people and build more unique experiences if you are staying a few days beyond just traditional sites. Slow travel also fights travel fatigue and burnout, is cheaper and is much more sustainable over the long haul.

Jenna from This Is My Happiness :

  • Don’t skimp on things you enjoy. When I was younger and traveled on a tight budget, I had to skip meals and eat pizza for lunch a lot.  I missed out on things I wanted to do because I didn’t think I had money.  I kept this habit later even when I could have splurged a little.  Now I wish I had spent a little more money enjoying myself more– eating good local food, going out at night, staying in nicer places, etc.
  • Plan your route well so you don’t backtrack. I used to choose the cheapest round-trip ticket and would travel all over Europe going from one place to another without consideration for how far away the places were.  Now I have learned to fly open-jaws into one city and out of another, plan train routes according to what is nearby and on the way, and use multi-city tickets to get an extra stop in.
  • Get to know the people. This is pretty obvious, but the countries I enjoyed the most are the ones where I got to know the people.  It makes the place more personal and allows you to learn more about others and yourself.
  • I would have to add one more– travel as much as you can before you have children! You can still travel with them, but it’s much easier without!
The smiles of Balinese boys. © No Place Like Here
The smiles of Balinese boys. © No Place Like Here

Cris & Felipe from No Place Like Here:

  • Smile! Smile! Smile! You’ll be surprised of how much you can achieve with a simple smile. Laughing is good too, specially at yourself. :D
  • Travel slow. In long or short term travelling, slow is the way to go. There’s no point of trying to accommodate 10 cities in 2 weeks and don’t be able to remember which is which when you finish the trip. It’s better spending more time, quality time, in less places.
  • Pack light. That backpack that doesn’t seem so heavy while you’re trying it at home will double its weight after walking a few km with it on your back. Also, you don’t need that much stuff. What you really cannot leave behind is your passport and your credit card. Having these, everything else is manageable. ;)

Dave from Dave’s Photo & Travelblogue:

  • Be social, even if you’re not normally outgoing (I’m not). Some of my best times on the trip were due to meeting people randomly in hostels or on airplanes, or in one case, taking tour advice from a friendly B&B owner.
  • Just do it! If you’re not sure about this or that activity, but it won’t break the bank, try it anyway. Not every one of these adventures will work out the way you hoped, but a lot of them will – and you’ll have many unforgettable memories as a result.
  • Take LOTS of pictures. Digital photos are super cheap. You can always delete a bad photo later, but you can never go back in time and take the shots you missed.
By combining these three, Dave got fantastic photos like this one. © David Douglas
By combining these three, Dave got fantastic photos like this one. © David Douglas

Jennifer from Live Richly:

Italian-Chilean restaurant Liguria in Santiago, Chile. © Live Richly
Italian-Chilean restaurant Liguria in Santiago, Chile. © Live Richly
  • Ask a local. Guidebooks are great, but they soon get out of date. Locals know what is the best bet right now, and they can steer you to places that never make the books. Through locals, I’ve found out about hotels, parks, restaurants, and even a vampire tour in New Orleans!
  • Don’t overschedule. This is a mistake I’ve made many times. I used to plan too many tours or events so I’d rush through them, not enjoying them like I should. Now I give myself extra down time and don’t cram my schedule with too many “must see” attractions. I also give myself permission to skip things if I’m not in the mood. Some of my favorite activities were spontaneous, like watching people feed the stray cats in the Jardín Botanico in Buenos Aires.
  • Learn some foreign phases. No one expects you to be fluent before traveling, but it’s only polite to try to communicate in the local language. They may well reply in your native tongue, but people appreciate the effort. I had one woman in Panamá (nearly fluent in English) tell me she was irritated by tourists who said “Good morning,” as she felt they should at least learn to say “Buenos días.”

Anil from foXnoMad:

  • Whether you plan a lot or a little, get your basics down. Plan for a ride from the airport, bus station, or other arrival point to the place you’re staying and make sure both are booked in advance. This will help reduce stress, your chance of getting ripped off, or worse, being stuck without knowing how or where to go.
  • Go out, explore, and push you limits. Eat at the restaurants filled with locals, where you might not be able to order perfectly, and do some local grocery shopping. Of course if you pick up a few words of the local slang or language beforehand, this will enhance the unpredictable experiences you’ve set yourself up to have.
  • Traveling isn’t that hard. Things might not run perfectly or completely smooth and that’s OK. Plan for what you can, learn from what you didn’t, and appreciate everything in between.

Simon and Erin from Never Ending Voyage:

Backwaters of Kerala - a place we wish we hadn't left! © Never Ending Voyage
Backwaters of Kerala – a place we wish we hadn’t left! © Never Ending Voyage
  • Travel light! Everyone says it but we rarely meet any backpackers who follow this advice. We have managed perfectly well with small carry-on size backpacks and it’s great not having to wait for checked in luggage and being able to bring our bags on South American buses. Compression bags help to fit clothes in.
  • Don’t leave a place until you are ready. So many people (including us on our first trip) leave a place they love because they have a plan set out and more places they want to visit. The problem is that often the places you visit next aren’t as good as you expected and you’ll regret not spending longer at the place you loved.
  • Couchsurf! We have only discovered this recently and I don’t know why we didn’t try it before (fear probably). Not only is it a great way to save money but you get to meet local people, make new friends and tap into their local knowledge. Our last couchsurfing experience led to us finding a beautiful apartment to rent as well as a housesitting opportunity.

Erica and Shaun from Over Yonderlust:

Crazy night with the locals in Osaka. © Over Yonderlust
Crazy night with the locals in Osaka. © Over Yonderlust
  • Never set your itinerary in stone. Places will always close early, be under construction, an accident will block the roadway, someone will jump in front of a bullet train (yes, it happened to us) – so keeping your plans flexible will always make for a more enjoyable trip.
  • Listen to the locals. Shaun and I ended up and some pretty awesome bars abroad that we would have missed had we not asked around. Whether ending up at secret shows or playing drinking card games with salarymen in Japan, it will almost always end up as a delightful evening.
  • If going abroad in a country where the language is new, learn some key phrases. Not only does this show respect, but people are more willing to help you out (body language is almost universal).

Ashley from No Onion Extra Pickles:

  • Don’t Check Your Bags. I once had the luxury of being driven from one plane to another on the backroads of Heathrow, and saw horrible things.  I’m pretty sure every truck carrying luggage dropped a piece at every turn.  Needless to say, not all of our luggage made it home on time, and since then, I rarely check bags.  This experience was a lifechanger, as I now enjoy packing as little as possible, and now only bring a school sized backpack with me on all my trips.
Left: Ashley with her small luggage. Right: Buying food (Centre) at the local grocery store in Rome. © No Onion Extra Pickles
Left: Ashley with her small luggage. Right: Buying food (Centre) at the local grocery store in Rome. © No Onion Extra Pickles
  • Shop at the Local Grocery Stores. It’s cheap, convenient and an experience.  Besides stocking up on bottle water – I buy the giant jugs, then just refill the same one or two little bottle to take with me – I like to endulge on local candies, pastries, fruits, cured meats and basically anything delicious.  Plus, it gives you a nice little tidbit of local life.
  • Always Have Extra Cash. Having no cash and discovering the ATM won’t accept your card is awful – luckily this had only happened to me twice, but boths times my heart sank…until I remember that extra cash stuffed in the bottom of my bag somewhere.  I carry just enough, and try to remember not to hide it in the same spot all the time.

Teresa and Mike from Art of Backpacking:

  • Do it now; there is never a best time. In a perfect world, it would be so easy to wait till you’re finished with studies, saved a lot of money and could travel without a care in the world. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you feel like you need this travel break, or your travel bug is itching; do it now! It might be difficult when you’re worried about your cell phone contract you can’t cancel quite yet. Or, maybe you aren’t quite ready for Graduate School. When the urge to travel strikes, go with the flow and don’t look back. You could be missing out or delaying one of the best experiences of your life.
Teresa, sandboarding in Huacachina. © Art of Backpacking
Teresa, sandboarding in Huacachina. © Art of Backpacking
  • Stay open minded. Just because you’ve never been sand boarding doesn’t mean you should feel intimidated to pass on a fun sport. After hearing about many backpackers riding the sand dunes in Huacachina, Peru, I knew I had to join the band wagon. Although I find myself sometimes unbalanced (And awful at snowboarding.) I couldn’t pass the opportunity.

It ended up being one of my favorite things I’ve done abroad. Take a chance and open your eyes to new experiences that might change your life. Don’t be scared to eat a bug in China, or to jump off a cliff in Mykonos, Greece. Also, stay open minded when it comes to other travelers. They are here to live a journey as well; so don’t be shy to make new friends you might see in the next city you travel to!

  • Leave the guidebook at home. As much as we all love the fresh smell of a new Lonely Planet book, sometimes you gotta leave the book behind. Following the beaten path can be one used up road; so find your own! Good ole conversation with travelers is the best way to find out about things to do that might not be covered in the chapters of your guidebook.

The same goes for looking for hostels, travel companies or other travel related information. It’s okay to travel on a whim and go for the hostel that might not be in your guidebook. It might make for a great travel story later on.

Dina and Ryan from this blog:

When we tried to think of our top advice, we found that a lot of what we wanted to say had already been mentioned by our excellent contributors…so here are some other tips.

  • Be flexible to get the best deal. Prices get lower the more flexible you are. If you plan out everything in advance, you won’t be able to take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves. Unless it’s the peak of peak season, you don’t need to book more than a day or two of accommodation. If you like where you’re staying, great! It’s easy to negotiate a discount for a longer stay when you’re already in the hotel. And if someone offers you a couch to sleep on, you can always hop over to that. Same goes for flights, tours, anything really: if you’re flexible you’ll get better deals and enjoy more opportunities.
Pride parade in Toulouse
Pride parade in Toulouse
  • Bring a laptop or netbook with you – it’s multifunctional. Useful for keep in touch with people back home. You can browse about where you are and where you’re going, so forget carrying guide books. If you’re worried about the weight – get a netbook, they only weigh a couple of pounds. Great to store data such as all of those photos and videos you take along the journey. Watching videos. And blogging :)
  • Pay attention to local events. Unique and authentic experience that color your journey. Make a point of finding out what’s going on in the city you’re visiting, and go check it out. Some of our favourite experiences have been celebrating national holidays like Bastille Day in Paris, or Australia Day in Sydney, or the Pride Parade in Toulouse and Amsterdam, or even a mass naked bike ride in Madrid!

Earl from Wandering Earl:

  • Focus more on the human interactions and less on the actual sights as connecting with people in foreign lands often provides the most rewarding moments.
  • Respect the local cultures you encounter, even if you are unable to comprehend their practices, traditions or beliefs. We should try to avoid shutting off an opportunity to learn before we even observe how others live and trying to understand why they choose to live that way.
  • Buy high-quality footwear! With all of the walking and hiking that most travelers do, this is essential to keeping our feet, legs, knees and back in healthy condition. For example, sturdy, well-designed sandals will make a significant difference in how we feel after a full day of roaming around a foreign city.

Raam Dev:

  • Don’t bring your entire wardrobe! I’ve been traveling through three countries for the past four months with two pants, two shirts, two underwear, and one pair of shorts. That’s it! This gives me a total of six possible outfits! Seriously, anything you discover you absolutely need (for example if you decide to go trekking where it will be cold) you can purchase what you need at your destination.
  • Pack light. For the past four months I’ve been traveling with a single 30L backpack. The smaller your bag is to begin with, the more likely you are to leave behind unnecessary stuff. If you start with a 60L backpack, you can be sure that you’ll find a way to fill the 60L backpack! Start small. Pack light. You’re not going to an alien planet where you have no idea what to expect.
  • Trust in nomadic serendipity. Say hello to strangers. Smile! Be friendly. You’d be amazed how many friendly people are out there who genuinely want to get to know you better. If you’re staying in one place for awhile, frequent the same shops, restaurants, and cafes. Get to know the staff. Try to get a feel for what living in that neighborhood for years on end would be like.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out for Raam Dev’s new eBook: Small Ways to Make a Big Difference. Raam has spent the past 3 months traveling, where  he witnessed the imbalance of wealth and abundance in different parts of the world.  This experience has permanently changed how he sees the world, inspired him to search for ways to help. Over 40 bloggers, including us, Jenna, and Jennifer from this post, joined Raam in contributing to this eBook, sharing our ideas of what little things we can do in our daily life to make a difference in the world. I think it’s relevant to mention this eBook in this post, because there are a lot of ideas in the eBook that you can apply in your traveling, to help make the world a better place.

Download the eBook for free here, or read more about it in his blog.

Thank you note: Many thanks to all the contributors for the awesome advice! Without you, this post would be nothing :)

So, what about you? What traveling advice do you usually give to others? And what advice from above will you take from here?

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38 Responses to “Top 3 Pieces of Traveling Advice by Travelers Around the World”

  1. Raam Dev
    26 July 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Dina and Ryan, thank you so much for contributing to the ebook project, for mentioning the ebook here, and for asking me to participate in this wonderful series once again! :)

    I really enjoyed the wealth of advice provided here; it’s amazing how popular the “pack light” suggestion is! I hope to see this series continued in the future and wish you both all the best in your travels.
    .-= Raam Dev´s last blog ..Introducing a New Collaborative Project- Small Ways to Make a Big Difference =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 3:18 am #

      Hi Raam, your eBook is really inspiring, I’m proud to be a part of it :)
      Thanks for contributing many times in my series, your answers have been unique and valuable, I love to get your perspective :)
      Seeing how popular pack light is, it inspires me to make my pack even lighter. I’ve been accumulating weight there, and the thing is, there are many clothes that I haven’t even touched for long. Sign to let them go?

  2. Nora - The Professional Hobo
    26 July 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Great roundup! I detect some themes in here…slow travel, packing light, and going for the “local” experience!

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 3:25 am #

      Thanks for being a part of this Nora :D
      Yes, it seems like travel slow, pack light, and go for local experience are the common traveling wisdom here. Funny to me how similar our responses are, but in the same time I feel like more people in the world traveling the other way around than these 3 :) Maybe they just don’t find the magic of packing light yet, and don’t have the time for the travel slow.

  3. Earl
    26 July 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I can’t believe I missed out on this one, but I loved reading what everyone else had to say.

    My personal travel advice would be:

    1. Focus more on the human interactions and less on the actual sights as connecting with people in foreign lands often provides the most rewarding moments.

    2. Respect the local cultures you encounter, even if you are unable to comprehend their practices, traditions or beliefs. We should try to avoid shutting off an opportunity to learn before we even observe how others live and trying to understand why they choose to live that way.

    3. Buy high-quality footwear! With all of the walking and hiking that most travelers do, this is essential to keeping our feet, legs, knees and back in healthy condition. For example, sturdy, well-designed sandals will make a significant difference in how we feel after a full day of roaming around a foreign city.
    .-= Earl´s last blog ..Small Ways To Make A Big Difference =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 3:29 am #

      I can’t believe it either you missed it, haha, just kidding!
      Great advice here, and I have updated my post with your answers :)

      I soooo agree with the good foot wear, I can’t believe I didn’t mention that myself. Foot wear totally makes different in traveling. My shoes that now is so worn because I walked a lot since I left last April allow me to walk all day long without hurting my feet. Here in Sydney occasionally I’m wearing not-so-comfortable-but-cuter shoes for formal outing, and my feet start screaming just after an hour or so of walking.

  4. Erin
    26 July 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    There’s some great advice here, and as Nora says there are definitely common themes. Although all experienced travellers advise to pack light and travel slowly they are still mistakes practically every first time traveller makes. Sometimes you have to learn from your own experiences I suppose.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 3:33 am #

      Very true. I think most of my friends back home are still in the mode of travel in hurry and pack dresses and shoes for all occasion. I guess many of them just don’t have the time for traveling slow, and as for the packing, they don’t yet experience the magic of packing light. I can’t imagine roaming on a busy market with 2 large suitcases for example, or haul them to the 4th floor where my hostel room is situated, without the elevator.

  5. Jennifer Barry
    26 July 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks for inviting me to contribute, it was fun! There are some great tips here. :) I think the hardest one for me is “travel slowly” because I have a limited amount of time and I feel like I want to squeeze the most out of my trips.
    .-= Jennifer Barry´s last blog ..Stranger in His Own Land- Part 2 =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 3:57 am #

      I know, travel slowly is not possible for many people. Even though if we can do it, it’s much more rewarding. When I have limited time, I usually rather grab the most I can, rather than slow but miss out a lot.
      Thanks a lot for participating, Jennifer :) We love reading your contributions, not only in this post, but also previous ones (especially the blim!)

  6. Erica
    26 July 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Thanks for including us!

    This is such an awesome resource for advice. It is nice to know that “asking locals” is a prevalent theme. :D
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Featured Travel Lomographer-Photographer- Cameron Russell =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:01 am #

      Thanks for contributing frequently in our series :D
      Yeah, guide book is great to know the highlights, but definitely it’s very rewarding to know the place from the perspective of locals. It’s more of “experiencing”, not only “seeing”.

  7. Dave
    26 July 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Great compilation, as always! I hope to recruit a few of the bloggers here for some theme posts on my blog eventually ;-). But after 3 months on the road and almost 90 blog posts I need a break! :-D
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Street Buys and Santa Condom =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:07 am #

      Hey Dave, thanks a lot for your awesome contributions, as always! I need to learn photography from you, that cave photo is amazing (also other photos in your post). I wonder pocket camera will be able to do this, mine is way too weak I think. My caves photos are pathetic.

      Recruiting… for the photo theme you mentioned? I hope you consider recruiting me :D I’m sooo looking forward seeing you starting it!

  8. Cris Campos
    26 July 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Love the advices!!!
    They are all true and there are many many more.. hard do chose the top three!

    But in the end of the day, each traveller will end up finding it out by themselves. There are some things we only learn once we do it! hehe

    Good travels guys! :D

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:12 am #

      I know! My worst mistake before was wearing uncomfortable lady sandals, and this really slowed Ryan down a lot in exploring new city by feet. Now I have comfy shoes, and I can walk for hours and days comfortably.

  9. Shannon OD
    26 July 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Love this month’s round up and that so many had the same advise about slow and light travel – you know it’s good advice when everyone is independently saying the same thing!

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:33 am #

      Yes :D We were about to say travel slow and pack light too, but hehe, as the editor I had the sneak peak of what others are saying first, so we wrote different ones.

      Thanks so much to contribute in our series, Shannon :) I love the “trying local street food” too!

  10. Merav | AllWays Rental
    26 July 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    Thank you for this great post. There are great advise here but I think if I had to shorten the most common to a short theme it will be “travel light, meet/ask the locals and get out of your comfort zone”. Isn’t it what travel is all about?
    .-= Merav | AllWays Rental´s last blog ..Give Your Senses a Boost of Dramatic Scenery and Chocolate =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:35 am #

      Thanks, Merav! Yes, I agree with you! Even though I know that I need to push myself harder even more :)

  11. Andia
    26 July 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    This was such an AWESOME post!!! So so so helpful. Thanks for gathering this info.
    .-= Andia´s last blog ..29 Things To Do Before I Turn 29 =-.

    • Dina
      27 July 2010 at 4:39 am #

      Hi Andy, thanks :D :D It’s inspiring to read tips from other fellow travelers!

  12. Sofia @ As We Travel
    27 July 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Great advice! LOVE it!!! there’s so much value in this post :D
    .-= Sofia @ As We Travel´s last blog ..Las Ramblas- Barcelona – Things To Do =-.

    • Dina
      28 July 2010 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks a lot, Sofia :D

  13. Jenna
    28 July 2010 at 8:01 am #

    This is a great post! So much valuable information for all. Thanks for including my advice.
    .-= Jenna´s last blog ..7 Things I Won’t Miss about Brazil =-.

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Jenna, love your contributions, always fun to read! Don’t skimp on things we enjoy… That’s a great advice. I sometimes skimp them and regret it afterward.

  14. Jen
    29 July 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Hey. What I’m going to say is not necessarily travel advice, though it does apply to the topic. It’s more an idea that’s been working for me. Don’t hesitate. So many times I’ve missed out on an awesome picture or experience or opportunity because I hesitated. The moment always passes an there you are, left with the regret that you didn’t do anything with what was just in front of you.

    Obviously this applies only to situations that would not cause harm to you or anyone else.

    Great post. Great advice, everyone!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Four Mental Health Necessities To Take On The Road =-.

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 10:38 am #

      I know what you mean! There are so many things/great scene that I was too shy when I was in the moment. Then totally regret it when the moment has passed! I need to learn to be more daring and bold. Thanks Jen!!

  15. Sasha
    23 August 2010 at 12:52 am #

    Damn I wish I’d contributed! Too busy travelling away form the net lol. So here’s my advice anyway.

    Go down that alleyway:
    Do you see an alleyway, a small side street? Don’t hesitate (unless it’s at night or in a real dodgy area). The perspective of local life you will discover down these streets and alleyways is something you just won’t get if you stick to the main road!

    Say Hello:
    That local staring at you with a scowl of suspicion on their face could turn out to be your greatest asset in a foreign country. Smile, say hello, even ask there name. Never underestimate the power of a friendly smile. If you make the first move the smile you will most likely get in return is reward enough but if you’re really lucky you may just find your new local guide or friend!

    Occasionally book your own room:
    Staying in dorms all the time really can drive you mad! So to stay at least relatively sane, every now and then book a room to yourself to indulge in complete privacy!

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 10:45 am #

      Great advices, Sasha! I’m going to update the post with your wisdom!
      Saying hello, I think I need to be more bold. I’m to timid when it comes to talking to stranger.

      Very true about the alleyway, a great place to find more characteristic to the place. You are right too about avoiding the danger, once we were followed by a creepy man in Lisbon late at night. He was following us, hiding in shadow.

      We did sometimes doing private room. Sometimes a double room is available in the same price with 2 hostel beds. It’s always a relieve!

  16. Sarah
    25 August 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for gathering such a goldmine of wisdom. I think listening to past and current travellers advice would have to be top of my list!

    • Dina
      21 September 2010 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Sarah, glad you enjoy the post! I Enjoyed reading other travelers’ advice too, many inputs for myself!

  17. Farnoosh
    13 September 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Dear Dina, I am writing a post on why you should never check in luggage and I am linking over to this fantastic post – esp. on advice on luggage and packing light….Hope you are doing well, being safe and enjoying your travels…..
    Farnoosh´s last post…Winners of the Movie Contest and Your 30 Best Films

    • Dina
      21 September 2010 at 12:33 pm #

      Hey Farnoosh, sounds cool and will zoom there to read the post! Thanks for the link :)

  18. Maria Pavel
    3 March 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Interesting advices, i especially like Shannon’s advice because i’ve always dreamed of going to countries with unique culinary identities and eating all that strange food you never even thought it could be made into actual food.
    I’ve seen some really strange things on travel shows and i’m envious on those guys that can say they ate boiled sheep intestines, for example :)
    Maria Pavel´s last post…CNA Training in Arizona

    • Dina
      25 March 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Haha, eat first, ask later!
      Deep fried intestines are quite good, actually. I also kinda like them in soup.

  19. alex
    24 March 2011 at 6:16 am #

    “Travel slowly” – so true. It is much cheaper and you can experience so much more if you have the time to take your time.
    alex´s last post…Best Holiday Parks

    • Dina
      25 March 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Yes, more submerged in it!

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