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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Always take the name and address of the place I am staying, and the name of the bus or subway and stop, to get to it, when going out.
One time, in Budapest, I went out without this information, and wandered farther, than I meant to. I had to describe to somebody where I was staying, and luckily they knew the place.

Mel

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting vxmike

An investment in good shoes will pay off handsomely.

That reminds me, of last November, in Thailand.
My shoes, which looked stong enough, when I left home, fell apart on one of the islands. I had to get all the way, from the island to Bangkok, and then go shopping for shoes barefoot.

Mel

13. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Quoting MelAlways take the name and address of the place I am staying, and the name of the bus or subway and stop, to get to it, when going out.
One time, in Budapest, I went out without this information, and wandered farther, than I meant to. I had to describe to somebody where I was staying, and luckily they knew the place.

This is a good one. I almost made a similar mistake in Munich in 2003. I drank five pints at Oktoberfest and got separated from my two mates. We were staying in some hotel I could not even pronounce, let alone know the street address. But luckily, I had the hotel brochure in my pocket and was able to point and mumble some words I dont really remember to a taxi driver who took me back to the hotel.

-Another, dont mix beer and airports, bad things happen.

-dont open wine bottles for people after they say they have dropped them, stiches hurt.

-drinking straight absynth after a night of hard beer drinking will make you puke your brains out.

-if you buy so many souveniers that you have to buy a souvenier backpack, or two, you have bought too many souveniers.

-ALL taxi drivers at Rome Ciampino airport are crooks, and will rip you off every time when driving you from Ciampino into the city, be sure to varify the amount before you leave the airport, and beware of that "last minute" special button that changes the amount on the little box on the dash to some outrageous one.

14. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Am totally with you all on the 'overpacking' factor. It's so much more fun to buy bits and pieces along the way - try crazy foreign toothpaste, buy gorgeous clothes that are perfect for the climate you're travelling in....plus not having to schlep 20 odd kilos of stuff around ariports and buses and trains!

The other thing I've learnt is that research is your friend! Reading up on a place before you go can help you avoid embarrassment, danger or causing offense. And it's always nice to be able to say a few things in the local language!

15. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Quoting s_hoot

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-Another, dont mix beer and airports, bad things happen.

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree on that one. At least until bad things happen to me!

16. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting Isadora

Along the same lines as James' reply...

Choose your travel companions very, very carefully or (preferably) travel alone.

Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Plus buy a backpack/suitcase that's comfortable, compact and easily dragged on and off trains and busses.

Totally agree on the travel companions and manageable luggage.

17. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

My biggest mistake that I made when I was travelling? Not remaining calm and resourceful when I was down to about a handful of Euros in my pocket thus not having the common sense to ask this Aussie from Perth that I met on a Vienna tour bus last May for his full name and email address. I let fear and stress set in, which always makes me not think clearly and make mistakes. If I had remained calm and collected I would have realized that I could have walked into any bank in Vienna and used my Visa card to get more Euros. Also, after the Schonbrunn Palace tour this really sweet Aussie took me to lunch at a restaurant near Stephansdom cathedral, then we walked around the streets taking photos of statues, buildings, etc. I really enjoyed talking to him. When we parted we only shook hands because I was still thinking about my money problem. Only later I regretted my actions and wished I had done the decent thing and exchanged info to keep in touch. When you travel you meet so many different people along the way and most you quickly forget but, there are always a few that stick in your mind and you wonder how they are doing. If they changed careers, traveled more, etc.

Cheers,

Petra M, Vancouver

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