TripHobo: For When You Know Where You’re Going But Need Help With An Itinerary

When you’re planning a trip, it’s easy to decide where you want to go. Paris! Capetown! Beijing! San Francisco! It’s figuring out what you’re going to do once you get there that can be the problem.

A lot of people will ask for advice on forums, groups or message boards, and it’ll often look like this:

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I’m all like, “Really?” (Joe: Those requests are definitely from aliens)

That request is SOOO open-ended. It makes me want to ask:

  • Who is “we?” Age of the people who are going?
  • How long are you staying?
  • Have you been there before? If so, what did you see? Do you want to see any of those again, or no?
  • What do you like and dislike? How do you feel about history? Walking tours? Broadway shows? Other kinds of shows? Museums? Shopping?
  • Are you comfortable taking the subway or would you walk and/or take taxi/Lyft/UBER everywhere?

But kindhearted people will give every sort of answer, from the Statue of Liberty to Harlem and everywhere in between. And the sad thing is, most of the suggestions won’t even be 2nd tier considerations for some people because of reasons.

OR you can go to a website that’s specifically made to work with you for itineraries that are custom made for the needs and likes of you and your party.

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This Is Why You Shouldn’t Fall Asleep In Your Uber Ride

Uber drivers have figured out all sorts of unethical ways to get more money from their passengers:

Welp, now you can add this to the list: what can happen if you fall asleep during your Uber ride.

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Grab Your Bathing Suit (Or Not!) – The Big Nude Boat Cruise Is Taking Reservations!

Being nude is admittedly not for everyone. But for those who are into it, there are plenty of “clothes-free” travel activities (they’re sometimes called “nakations,” which, I have to admit, makes me giggle). There are nude beaches all over the world, as well as entire clothing-optional resorts.

Another popular activity for enthusiasts of not wearing clothes are nude cruises. There are several of them out there, but the granddaddy of them all, called The Big Nude Boat, is set to go on a 2-week cruise in February 2021 and they’re taking reservations right now.

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How Hotels Try To Fake You Out To Get You To Make A Reservation (And How You Can Combat It)

Hotels are in the business of getting people to stay at their properties overnight. One way for them to do this is to present themselves in a way that makes them look as appealing as possible. Unfortunately, that sometimes means making themselves look not a whole lot like their respective realities.

Oyster.com is a hotel review and booking website that does things a little differently than Tripadvisor and Hotels.com. They’ve been around for about a decade and don’t amass reviews from former hotel guests who may or may not be telling the truth. Instead, they have a staff of full-time professional reviewers who stay in these hotels incognito. These reviewers also personally photograph the hotels, in order to show what they really look like, instead of using the stylized promo shots that are sent to them.

The differences between the reviewers’ photos and the promo shots have sometimes been so ridiculous that Oyster has periodically posted “Photo Fakeouts,” to show its readers the differences between the two. Here are a few of those photos, as well as ways to you not be faked out when looking for a hotel.

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