Tag: Travel Tips

How to Eat Fried Tarantulas in Cambodia

How to Eat Fried Tarantulas in Cambodia istockphoto

The crunchy exoskeletons are a favorite snack. Darrin DuFord explains where and how to chow down. (Think drive-thrus!)

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Gawker’s Guide to Staying Out of Foreign Prisons

In the wake of American exchange student Amanda Knox’s murder conviction in Italy this weekend, Gawker offers a “Foxy Knoxy-inspired guide” to avoiding arrest while traveling overseas. Among the tips? Never underestimate the outside world’s prudishness, and the always-cogent “Don’t start shit.”

Travel Photography: A Simple, Profound Secret

zoomify, travel photos Zoomify image by Jeff Pflueger

On an important rule for travel photographers -- and when it's worth breaking

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How to Survive a Holiday Visit to New York City

You and one million of your closest, most inebriated friends will be visiting the city. New Yorker Mike Barish offers tips.

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Travel Photography and ‘Writing With Light’

On the problem with "trophy travel photos" -- and what to aim for instead

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How I Pack for Europe

Pack light. One bag. Carry on. This is your mantra. (And no, you can't hear and repeat this enough times.)

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‘Venice Doesn’t Smell’ and Other Things You Should Know

Over at WhyGo Italy, Jessica Spiegel offers some blunt myth-busting and advice about Venice. That infamously mediocre, overpriced food, for instance? It’s real but avoidable.

‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Travelers’

Over at Uncornered Market, Audrey and Daniel offer a thoughtful post on the life skills required for (and developed by) independent travel.

The Sleaze of ATM and Credit Card Fees

Exploring Europe, exploring travel as a political act

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‘A User’s Guide to Understanding Parisians’

Among the tips from longtime Paris residents Pauline Harris and Simon Kuper: Know their codes. “When Parisians are rude to visitors,” they write, “it is often because they think the visitor has been rude. This city has an old-fashioned etiquette, and unlucky tourists trample it with both white-sneakered feet.”

Skip the Colosseum? Give Prague a Pass?

Skip the Colosseum? Give Prague a Pass? Photo by tinou bao via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Eva Holland sees an emerging trend in the world of travel advice, and she's not happy about it

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A Travel Tip From Margaret Atwood

The author shares her packing M.O. before an upcoming book tour: “And remember: Think pink, pack black. It dirts less.” (Via The Book Bench)

Dave Foley: The Sensible Traveler

The Canadian comedian, who you might remember from “Kids in the Hall” or “NewsRadio,” is the star of a new web series: The Sensible Guy’s Guide to Traveling. Each short segment shows Foley, as the ostensibly sensible traveler Bobby Fargo, offering a series of themed travel tips—and then finding himself in hot water despite his best efforts. I wasn’t busting a gut during the “unintended consequences” portions of each clip, but seasoned travelers will probably get a chuckle out of Foley’s straight-faced delivery of often-outrageous advice.

Debunking Travel’s Most Persistent Myths

True or false: Dressing well and asking politely can get you a first-class upgrade, street food isn’t safe, and jeans are a no-no in Europe. World Hum contributor Eric Lucas tackles these and nine other oldie-but-goodie travel myths for MSNBC.

Taking the ‘Flaubert Approach’ to Staying in a Hotel

Rahul Jacob says travelers would be a lot happier if they didn’t “harbour illusions of a hotel stay bordering on perfection—just because we happen to be paying for it.”

Esquire Improves Your Tourist Trap Experience

Esquire Improves Your Tourist Trap Experience Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr (Creative Commons)

The men’s mag has a tersely written guide to some of America’s most popular tourist spots, and how to improve the time that you’ll inevitably spend visiting them—shoulder-to-shoulder with everybody else. Here’s a sample for Manhattan: “Joe’s Pizza on Carmine, not Ben’s on Spring. // House-tun, not Hyoo-stun. // Not SoHo. Period.”

Thanks for the tip, Eli.

Tipping Around the World

Tipping Around the World Photo by Marcin Wichary via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by Marcin Wichary via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Sure, we can all agree that tipping is not a city in China—but beyond that the practice does vary considerably from place to place, so what’s a well-meaning but confused traveler to do? Luckily, Conde Nast Traveler has just come out with a remarkably detailed guide to tipping practices in more than 35 countries, broken down by hotel, restaurant, or driver/guide. There’s even a handy PDF version. (Via Jaunted)

Africa Travel Tips ‘Not Related to Bandits, Thugs and Murder’

Nicholas Kristof took some heat for his recent 15 travel tips columnhere and here, for instance. One excellent response comes from WhiteAfrican.com, which put forth 15 Africa Travel tips and posted a handful more from readers. (Via Frank Bures)

When (So-Called) Eco-Travelers Sin

When (So-Called) Eco-Travelers Sin Photo by stevendepolo via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Photo by stevendepolo via Flickr (Creative Commons)

When I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man a few years ago, I was struck by an exchange between the nature-embracing mountain man Eustace Conway and an acolyte whose idea of life-changing sustainability was to turn off the water when she was brushing her teeth.

I wonder if some so-called “eco-travelers” operate the same way. Maybe they book a “life-changing” holiday at an eco-resort in Costa Rica and declare themselves sustainable travelers. But what if they take their unsustainable bad habits with them?

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‘Social Spaces’: The Budget Traveler’s Happy Place

‘Social Spaces’: The Budget Traveler’s Happy Place Photo by ForsterFoto via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by ForsterFoto via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Over at Travel Generation, Bruce Thurlow has put together a list of nine “social spaces”—parks, markets and so on—that he argues are the key to truly appreciating the life of a new city.

I agree: I think I’ve done some of my best people-watching and observation on subway trains, on playing fields or in public squares. And the best part? These spaces are almost always free, or pretty close to it.

Here are a few spots to add to Thurlow’s list:

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