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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Learning The Social & Cultural Norms Of A Foreign Country Before You Visit, So You Don’t Look Like A Jerk

There is little more eye-opening than traveling to another country. With just one or a few more plane rides, your surroundings suddenly change from the familiar to things you may have never experienced before – the language, the money, the architecture, the food, and – this is a biggie – the social norms.

It’s so easy to make a social faux pas when you’re in a foreign country. And yes, of course, the “locals” are going to immediately know you’re “not from there” (it’s more than going to a country where the people’s skin may be a different color than yours – I’m talking about how Americans can be identified by their dress and demeanor, just as I can point out British tourists all over Orlando without hearing them say a word) and might give you a pass if you make a social mistake (but you may wind up helping where you live to win the award for the country with worst behaved tourists). But I, for one, would rather fit in when it comes to social and cultural norms, if I can. Here are a few things you may or may not have known about how they do things in:
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Is This Bank Sexist?, When NOT To Go To A Hotel, Something For Free If You Use Mastercard, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Avoid This Foreign Currency Ripoff At All Costs

When you’re traveling outside of your home country, figuring out how much things cost in relation to your home currency can be difficult. You need to know the current conversion rate between the two currencies and then apply that to the purchase price. Sometimes you can eyeball the price when it’s a simple ratio. US Dollars to Japanese yen is usually somewhere around 1:100:

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If I was buying something that cost 1000 Yen, I’d know that’s about $10 or a little less. Things get a little more tricky when traveling to the United Kingdom.

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If you’d see something that costs £100, it also costs $128 USD. So just think that everything is 30% more expensive than it appears to be and you’ll be fine.

What about if you’re going to Thailand. One US dollar equals 30 Thai Baht. Try doing that math in your head all the time.

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Imagine if your hotel, or restaurant or gift shop offered when you handed them a credit card if you would like to pay for the charge in local currency or your home currency? If you’re tired of doing math, I’d bet you’d jump at the chance to pay the amount in your local money, right?

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However, If you ever get this question, ALWAYS PAY IN LOCAL CURRENCY!!!

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You Want Discount Tickets to Walt Disney World? Here’s Where To Look & And Where Not To!

There was a time when I was a HUGE fan of Disney and be it the parks, the movies, the music, you name it, I was a walking, talking Disney encyclopedia. For years before Joe and I took the leap and moved to Central Florida, if friends, family or co-workers had a question about going to Walt Disney World (WDW), be it during which part of the year they should go, what they should do or where they should eat, they’d ask me. My people from up north still ask me those kinds of questions, just via Facebook private messages rather than in person, and although I’m not “in the know” as much as I used to be, I still help them out as much as I can.

With one-day, one-park ticket prices to the parks now varying from at least $110 to $169 per day (based on season, theme park and when you buy your tickets, because yes, Disney has now thrown those factors into the mix. Let’s just say I don’t recommend going to the Magic Kingdom on the weekend in the summer. Oh, and don’t even THINK about park hopping because that will cost you even more), the often-asked question of, “How can I get discounted tickets to WDW?” has now turned into a HUGE question. Continue reading “You Want Discount Tickets to Walt Disney World? Here’s Where To Look & And Where Not To!”