My 30 Best Travel Tips After 6 Years Traveling The World

Reading this blog from a traveler of 6 years, feels like you want to travel right away and apply these tips. You can really tell how he find solutions from his past trips! Learn some useful travel tips from this man of experience.

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It’s now been 6 years since I sold everything and left the United States to travel the world. These are the best travel tips I’ve discovered along the way.

It all started when I took a one-way flight from Miami to Guatemala City, leaping nervously into the unknown and leaving much of my old life behind while embarking on an epic travel adventure around the world.
It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve learned a lot since I first left. To celebrate my “travelversary”, I’ve decided to share a collection of my best and most useful travel tips to help inspire you to make travel a priority in your life.

1. Patience Is Important
Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes freakouts happen regardless.

Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse.

2. Wake Up Early
Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in.

3. Laugh At Yourself
You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously.

Read more: https://expertvagabond.com/best-travel-tips

 

48 First Time in Hong Kong? 5 Must See Sites

One of the most acclaimed places when it comes to vacations, Hong Kong is any vacationer’s paradise. From its glistening skyscrapers to the rustic villages; Hong Kong has a plethora to offer. The quick transition from a bohemian style life to the cosmopolitan bit is rather astounding.

Hong Kong’s rise as an international gateway means millions of people will visit the city when travelling to or from Australia to Europe, the Middle East or Asia, and why not when the thriving city is the perfect step into Asia. With bilingual English/Cantonese signs, an abundance of international food options and a decent exchange rate, Hong Kong is one of my first options when I want to travel. So here are my recommendations of five things you should consider doing if you are visiting for your first time!

Hong Kong Junk Boat on Victoria Harbour

Chinese Junks and Ferries

Running between Central and Kowloon is the lifeblood of the city both in the past and today. On one side, Hong Kong Island which is also known as Central – the business district of Hong Kong and the other, Kowloon, home to Tsim Sha Tsui – a predominantly hotel and shopping area, the museums near the waters edge and the tourist areas of Mong Kok and Nathan Road.

One of the cheapest activities in Hong Kong is to take one of the Star Ferries between Kowloon and Central. The 10-minute ferry ride will cost you about HK$2.40 and give you a unique view of the city skyline. Gazing out on the Kowloon side you will see the Avenue of the Stars and perhaps capture a glimpse of a celebrity adding their hand prints to the walk of fame. On the Hong Kong Island side you will see the curved roof of the Convention Centre, the International Finance Centre – which held the record for being tallest building in Hong Kong until 2010, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of one of Hong Kong’s most famous vantage points – The Peak.
For the most picturesque view I recommend taking the ferry in the evening. The city really puts on a show as the buildings light up, twinkling various shades of neon. If you visit during the holiday season you may even see a Santa Claus or two outlined on the buildings.

If you have a bit more money to spend, take the time to catch a tradition Chinese Junk and sail the harbour in style. Tours on the Junks cost around HK$100 per person.

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There are a number of options to tour Victoria Harbour. Please check out this post for a comprehensive list of information. 

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The Peak

Nestled amongst the most lavish houses in the country, Hong Kong Island is one of the most popular attractions for visitors – the Peak. Taking the red tram which run up the mountain side, the tram ride takes you on a rather memorable ride reminisce of something like a theme park roller coaster with angles of four to 47 degrees on the ascent!

Upon surviving the steep climb to the top, you are greeted with a myriad of shops and restaurants at your disposal, as well as a Madame Tussaud and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not. But it’s not any of those which visitors flock for – it’s for the Peak Tower and the Sky Terrace which offers views across the city and, if the day is cloudless, into China.

 

See more: http://bittenbythetravelbug.com/first-time-in-hong-kong-5-must-see-sites/

How to Deal with Street Harassment Abroad

If you are a traveler, sometimes you have to deal with street harassment. Yes, it can be found all over the world, no matter where you are. Know how to deal with street harassment abroad and make your next trip more comfortable.

 

What is Street Harassment?

Street harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome attention from a stranger in a public place, like on the street or in public transportation. It can include whistling, staring, following, or yelling. Someone exposing themselves, pleasuring themselves, or rubbing themselves against another person is also street harassment.

You may have heard it referred to as cat-calling, or even the old-timey phrase “Eve Teasing.” Sometimes it takes the form of a supposed compliment, like calling someone beautiful, honey, or baby, or commenting on their physical appearance. It can also include commands, like telling someone to smile. Unfortunately, it can be found all over the world, sometimes more frequently than we’re used to, and many people downplay the seriousness of street harassment, and the effect it has on its victims.

Who gets Street Harassed?

Street harassment abroad

Everyone can be a victim of street harassment, but most of the time, it’s women, gender non-conforming folks, persons with disabilities, and people of color. While overseas, if you’re obviously foreign, this could get you additional unwanted attention.

Unfortunately, the more of these identities you hold at once, the more likely you are to receive street harassment.

Straight, white men can be harassed as well, but there is a power dynamic that means they are less likely to face actual danger, and if they do, they are more likely to be believed that it happened in the first place.

How does Street Harassment Feel?

Reactions to street harassment are different for everyone, but it’s common to feel angry, scared, frustrated, and even ashamed. Many people feel like they must have done something to bring on this behavior, so …

 

Read more: https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-street-harassment-abroad

10 Best Beach Activities for the Family

“The weather was just perfect to hit the beach this weekend. Although all children seem to love being on the beach, sometimes you need to have some ideas for keeping them entertained above and beyond swimming and building sandcastles. Get ready for fun in the sun and sand. Once your little kids have exhausted the waves, there are plenty of land-based activities to keep them busy until sunset.”

best beach activities for the whole family

Do your summer plans say BEACH?  If so, you’re going to love this list of fun things to do with kids.

Honestly, it takes a lot to motivate me to go to the beach.  Mostly, because I don’t enjoy sunbathing, I seriously turn another shade of brown within 10 minutes of being in the sun. I love my sun-kissed skin color just the way it is.  So with that said I try to plan activities that our kids will enjoy doing at the beach which they can enjoy under the umbrella for some shade breaks.

Most of these activities were not planned before I left home so I had to work with the things I found around the beach and where we were staying. Which makes them pretty simple and easy to put together. Also, I usually search the internet after I write a post or in preparing for an article just to see how original my work is and I must say I didn’t find any articles that had these unique activities in their post. Most of them had things like go find seashells, make a sand castle… and those are great but I wanted to share something different.

So enjoy our unique list of beach activities for you and your family.

Read more: http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2013/05/18/10-best-beach-activities-for-the-family/