While I was in India, I learned a few travel hacks (and travel cheap tips) that I thought you could use when you travel in your country or others.
All I Packed for 33 days in India (thanks for the bag Lisa F!)
1- Nice clothes. You can use this at the airport counter to ask for upgrades or do a tuxedo experience like my friend Ikrima: http://youtu.be/dpt2AInCkoE (via Susan Su)
2- Bring $1 bills. Assuming your currency is “more” valuable than another it’s a great tip and souvenir to hand these out to people. An alternative is snacks or candies you can give out to children. (via Nick Gray)
3- Using hotels. If you are ever lost, need a rest or want to have a nice moment to yourself try to find the nearest & nicest hotel. Perfect for directions, using internet and enjoying a fancy drink or buffet while I was going about my day.
4- Say you work for Lonely Planet. I didn’t do this but think it could work wonders while you are traveling. That 1 book has the power to make or break many establishments so I was curious the impact if I said I worked there. If someone tries this, do a write up and I’ll send it out to the okdork.com community.
5- Always visit 2 stores in a new country. While traveling Austria a few years back I got super excited and bought 50 euros worth of dried figs. A minor obsession, don’t ask. Then I went to the next stall and the same amount of figs were 25 Euros. WTF. My expensive lesson, your free knowledge. In new places always check at least 2 prices on more expensive items. Also it always helps to ask for a cheaper rate if you let them know you can get it cheaper.
6- Add a reward card to your traveling wallet. My good friend Susan lost her wallet while we were scootering in Goa. She got the wallet back without the cash but with her cards. Always include your information in your travel wallet (phone, email, address) in case someone finds it you have a better chance of getting it back.
7- Subreddits. Go to Reddit.com/r/(country-you-are-traveling-to). I did this with Reddit.com/r/india and was able to read the local news and have the chance to connect with others like me (if need be).
8- Couchsurfing. I forgot about this site and didn’t use it on this trip but being shown around by a local is massively better than just going through a tour book. Couchsurfing is great for finding meet ups of locals and tourists in the places you are going to (not just for finding a couch to crash).This is one of the best ways on how to travel on the cheap.
9- Learn. If you’re not learning as you travel, what’s the point? I’ve learned a lot by traveling. I wrote a bit about my time in Cuba and the things I learned while I was there.
Tom Bihn loves us so they
are giving gave away:
- Aeronaut in Steel/Ultraviolet ($250
- Absolute Shoulder Strap ($30)
- Packing Cube Backpack in Iberian ($40)
- 2 Aeronaut Packing Cubes, Small ($17)
After much sake drinking…
Congratulations to Chris who got the goods! Great comments by all and happy travel hacking!
P.S. To read Part 1 about my Trip to India visit http://okdork.com/2013/03/26/trip_to_india_p1/