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Friday, August 31, 2012

Super Useful Travel Links 8.31.12

In the true spirit of giving you wonderful people good advice when it comes to travel and everything related to it, I have rounded up a whole bunch of actual useful travel links. It’s true! I have used my research skillz for good instead of for my own amusement, so no funny packing videos or stories about dummies who stay on the phone for 15+ hours to talk to customer service. As always, I hope you enjoy and also share anything, interesting, useful or fun that you found related to travel (in some way) in the comments.

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If you’re like me, you are always thinking about getting robbed when on vacation. The Cumming Patch offers some great tips on how to protect yourself and your valuables while traveling. Although I don’t suggest ever bringing traveler’s cheques with you anymore – many places don’t accept them and it is easier to use a card or cash – there are some wonderful suggestions here. If you have been pickpocketed/robbed or lost your passport/ID on a trip and would like to help me out by sharing your story, please send me an email. I am doing a series of personal interviews for a new project I’m working on with the Clever Travel Companion blog. It can be anonymous.

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Need to wash garments in a pinch? Maybe you just want it done quickly or are on a business trip that is unexpectedly extended or a checked bag is lost and you only have a few keyh pieces with you on your back and in your carry-on. Whatever the case, here are some tips on how to make it easier, faster and less painful from Australian Business Traveler.

You’re in a foreign country and you just realized you didn’t read up on tipping policies. Now what?!? Before you start to freak out and throw money at everyone and everything or worse, decide not tipping anybody is the way to go, read these tipping rules I’ve contributed to Clever Travel Companion’s blog and then bookmark it for your future trips.

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Small children can be fun to travel with, but in an instant they can turn on you and make each second a living hell. You love them, though, so what are you gonna do? Earplugs may help, but it’s not going to solve all your problems, especially when in a car for hours and days at a time. Learn to makeroad trips with the wee ones more bearable for you and them with these handy suggestions from Culture Map Austin.

I love, love, LOVE to eat when I travel and I’m sure you’re no different. Sometimes, it’s hard to find great places to eat on the fly – which is why I am a crazy person who picks out 90% of my dining establishments before I leave home. If you find this to be a problem also, take some advice from top chefs, who know how important a good dining experience is when traveling. From bringing your own spices to asking taxi drivers for their favorite restaurants, these are some really solid tips.

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How many of you cringe when anyone suggests solo travel? I know, I know. Thinking about going to a foreign place where you know no one kinda makes some of you want to hyperventilate. Solo travel doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it can be downright fun, empowering and help you learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of. Gadling has a fantastic post by Jessica Festa on how to master the art of solo travel. At least read it before you say you will never do it.

What are your thoughts on these links from my weekly web scouring?

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