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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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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Free Stuff at Disney, Why Planes Don’t Fly Over The Pacific, Credit Card With The Best Cash Back At Costco, & More!

Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what’s gone on at YMMV this week. From what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!

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And The Award For The Country With The Worst Behaved Tourists Goes To…

As much as we humans are all part of a “global community” more than ever, there are still lots of differences between us. Where you’re raised usually plays a big role in how you’re raised and therefore how you present in public, since the social norms of different areas of the world (or even of different parts of the same country) can vary greatly.

Fortunately, more and more people are able to travel nowadays. With so many differences between us, on top of the stereotypes that arise from those differences (loud, obnoxious, demanding American, anyone? [I can say that; I’m from the U.S.]), there’s bound to be some finger pointing in terms of who the worst behaved tourists are.

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Our Dinner Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Woman Boards Flight With No ID Or Ticket, How To Prevent Items From Being Stolen At X-Ray, & More!

And BOOM, another month is done! Hello, November! Here are our most popular posts for October 2019. Some of them were actually written before October (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:

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