Use Care with Computer Plug
- Travel Tip #20
The plug insert at the back of my laptop kicked the bucket.
I noticed this occurring for the past month. Sometimes when I plugged the
computer into an electrical outlet it would not take any juice. Then, a couple
of days ago, I ran into my room and grabbed my laptop. I picked it up and
withdrew the cord from its rear and heard a slight "crack."
I plugged it back in, it did not work. I tried a different electrical jack,
it did not work.
Beware of Friendly "Gypsies " in India
- Vagabond Journey Travel Tip #19
Friendly people wanting to be your "international friend" often want something
more than friendship. No matter where in the world you
travel, watch out for the "Hello, my friend" routine.
Be aware of the information that you enter into public computers- Travel Tip #18
I can remember the story of a couple of girls that I met in Copan Ruinas, Honduras
in the spring of 2008. Their rather
simple story went as follows:
One of them went to withdraw money from
her ATM card to find her account wiped out. They had no idea how this
happened, but a call to the bank insured them that it had occurred while
they were traveling in Central America.
The girl still had her ATM card in-tact, as it was the numbers off of it
that were evidently copied and used. I listened to her talk circles around herself
as she told a half dozen "it could've happened when we were at. . ."
stories. This seemed funny to me. It seemed funny that someone would be
able to just magically copy the numbers off of her card. This was
probably not done manually, but electronically.
Immigration Customs Travel Tip - How to use dirty underwear
Vagabond Journey Travel Tip #17
Dirty underwear and socks can cause a plethora of slight
annoyances for a traveler: they
have a tendency of disappearing, they are gross to touch, and they have
the potential of fouling up an entire rucksack of otherwise nice smelling
In point, dirty underwear and socks are dirty, so what could possible
be the use of them?
This tip works on the premise that NO HUMAN WANTS TO TOUCH
ANOTHER HUMAN'S DIRTY UNDERWEAR.
Read more at Immigration and
Tip- Dirty Underwear
Travel Means Speaking Foreign Languages- Travel Tip# 16
To travel the world cheaply means that you need to learn foreign languages.
Luckily, the amount of words that a traveler really needs to know is not
extensive. Here is a list of terms that allow for cheap travel anywhere in the
Drunks Drop Money- Travel Tip #15
Travel tip about how to pick up a few extra dollars by keeping your head down.
Travel Tip #14- Debit Cards for Travel
About the benefit of using Visa debit cards for international travel.
Travel Tip #13- Label Travel Funds
A quick tip on how to keep track of your money while traveling.
Travel Tip #12-
Do Not Touch the Electric Shower
I was just in a Guatemalan shower that exploded due to a malfunction in the
electric shower head. Luckily, I was standing outside the shower when this
happened. "Simply put, electric showers can - and DO -explode, malfunction, falter,
and, essentially, screw up in a plethora of various ways that can have
the result of electrocuting the daylights out of an unsuspecting
traveler! It really happens, and nearly did so to me as I stood naked in
a Guatemalan shower earlier this week." Read this travel tip by clicking
on the above link.
Travel Tip #11 - Loose the Shampoo
I have found that
using bar soap rather than shampoo leaves my hair just as clean, lowers the
amount of times a week that I have to wash my hair, and, most importantly, it
removes the need to carry around and purchase shampoo. As any traveler knows,
liquids are heavy to carry around, and, likewise, should be avoided at all
Travel Tip #10-How to Turn a T-Shirt into Shorts
Read on, and you
will be sure to learn how to turn a t-shirt into a pair of shorts. I cannot
predict when you will need to use this tip, but, I must say, there will come a
day when you look into your rucksack and realize that your articles of clothing
are not appropriately diverse to fully clothe a human body. For sometimes on the
Road you just have a few too many t-shirts and not enough shorts, sometimes the
clothes in your bag just do not match the climate, and sometimes you just need a
change. Click on the link above to read the full tip.
Travel Tip #9- How to Turn a Plastic Bag into a Cup
Instructions with photographs of how to transform a plastic bag into a drinking
vessel. "Have you found yourself at a water source with the desire to carry water with you but without anything to carry it in? Are you at a stream in the middle of the woods with a water filter but without a receptacle to filter to? Do you need something to do with all of those plastic shopping bags that you have forced upon you every time you buy something? Or maybe you just need a stinking cup?" Click on the above link to read more of this travel tip.
Travel Tip #8- Travel Guidebooks, To use or not to use?
A discussion of the pros and cons of using a popular travel guidebook. "Guidebooks, guidebooks, guidebooks, a big question. Should a traveler use them? Are they really helpful? Are they worth their weight and cost? Is traveling more enjoyable without them? Can I travel without one? " All of this and more in this travel tip.
Travel Tip #7- How to Sleep Outside for Free
"In many circumstances, a traveler could find himself outside after nightfall without a place to seek shelter and, in some cases, without the monetary resources to rent a bed even if one was available. Or, if you are traveling by bicycle, hitchhiking, or walking it would be foolish to plan on entering into developed areas every night solely for the purpose of finding shelter. In point, when on the tramp, it is often necessary to sleep under the stars, and, in most instances, the formal campground is not really an option- as I think they are a waste of money. The way I see it, the entire world is one big campground ever welcoming a clever traveler to set up a camp and stay a night- for free."
Travel Tip #6- Avoid International Bus and Train Services
Click on the above link for a travel tip that focuses on saving money while crossing borders. More often than not it is far more prudent to avoid international bus and train services. Go to the above link for this travel tip.
Travel Tip #5- Not Your Friend
This travel tip is about how to avoid some of the major hassles associated with traveling- TOUTS. Simply put, these are people who will come up to you in the street and pretend to be your friend all in the great drama of separating you from your money.
For more on touts and how to avoid them you can go to:
On Moroccan Touts Travelogue Post
Travel Tip #4- Wash Your Laundry While You Shower
In this tip I offer up a rule of travel that I always follow:
Always wash your clothes every time you shower.
Just bring in a few articles of clothing into the shower with you and wash away at them with the same bar of soap that you use for your body. Click on the link above for the full version of this
Travel Tip #3- Saddlebags
This tip is how to construct large, belt hanging pockets that could be called "saddlebags"- because they follow the same idea as gear bags that you put on horses. But instead of putting them on a horse, you wear them on both sides of your body. Follow the link above to find out more about this travel essential.
Travel Tip #2- Onward Tickets for One-Way Travelers
This travel tip is about how to get around proof of onward travel requirements.
"It is often an apprehensive moment when checking in on a one way flight to a country that officially requires proof of onward travel to enter. Most often, I have found that I am not asked if I have a return or onward flight, and therefore everything works out fine. But on a couple occasions, I have found myself in situations that could have been potential problems while dancing around this silly restriction."
Traveler Tip from Andy the Hobotraveler.com: Fake Onward Tickets
Travel Tip #1- Write, Write, Write of Your Travels
This travel tip is about the retrospective value of writing about your travels.
"So much of what I wrote, and thought at the time I would never forget, has unexpectedly passed through the grips of memory. To read of little forgotten adventures is to relive them. It is to have them again. A
traveler's pockets are empty in all aspects- when it comes down to it, all that we have is what we remember. The accumulation of impressions, experiences, and feelings that makes up the substance of our memories is what makes us the wealthiest people on the planet. To sit on a far-flung dusk time beach and day dream of past adventures is to be a king. Writing increases the boundaries of our kingdom."