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Travel in a sleeper car on an overnight train journey

Not only are you combining the cost of travel with an accommodation for the night but you “gained” a day for sightseeing.

Read travel novels about where you’re traveling to before you get there

You will gain insights on the history and culture of your destination which will make your visit more worthwhile. Here’s a great list of travel books to get you started.

Eat the local food

It will be cheaper and taste much better than the “western food” served at the local restaurants.

 Be polite

When you travel, not only are you representing yourself but you are also representing your country. Plus, if you are friendly and easy-going, people are much more likely to help you out if you need assistance.

 

When booking your room, ask for a discount

Many places will take at least a little bit off the price of the room if you ask. They are more likely to do this if you agree to pay in cash or plan to stay three nights or more.

If you hired a driver, take a photo of the car and license plate with your phone

This will help you find him once you are finished at the museum, beach, or wherever you happen to be.

Expect to haggle

In many countries there is no set price…you are expected to talk the shopkeeper down. It can be intimidating at first but with a little practice haggling becomes very fun.

Put your dirty clothing in an Eagle Creek Compression Sac

These separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes, keep your luggage from smelling nasty, and compresses down so it takes up very little space.

Travel more

People always have excuses for why they can’t travel…come up with reasons why you should travel. Don’t think that you can always do it later. Start traveling more today.

Getting out on your own is the best way to travel

Explore where you are; you might even get lost. That’s OK. You’ll meet great people and make some great travel memories. There is a certain feeling of accomplishment that comes from successfully navigating a foreign city on your own.

Write the name and address of your hotel on a note card

Hand this to your taxi driver. If you can’t speak the language, it’s easier to show them the address than to speak the address. Many hotel websites will have their address written in both their local language and in English; put one on each side of the note card.

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