All posts by Vago Damitio

Vago Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. He jumped ship from a sinking dotcom in 2000 and decided to reclaim his most valuable commodity, time. He bought a VW bus for $100, moved into it and set out on a journey to show the world that it was possible to live life on your own terms. That journey took him from waking up under icy blankets in  the Pacific Northwest to waking up under palm tress in Southeast Asia. Three years later, his first book, Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond was published. After diving into the Anthropology of Tourism and Electronic Anthropology at the University of Hawaii (with undeclared minors in film and surf) he hit the road again in 2008. Since that time,he's lived primarily in Morocco and Turkey, married a Moroccan girl he couchsurfed with, and become a proud father. He's been to more than 40 countries, founded a successful online travel magazine (this one!), and still doesn't have a boss. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook
too many bags

World Travel Tip – Bag Storage

too much luggageSometimes when you are traveling the world you find yourself in a city that wasn’t necessarily on your agenda. There can be a few reasons for this:

-A layover
-A cancelled or missed flight
-A bus breaking down
-Or maybe just random chance

In addition to having travel insurance, another thing you can consider is making the most of your time in a city or town you didn’t plan on being in. The big impediment to that is usually that you have your luggage or gear with you and you don’t want to lug it around while you explore. Never worry, this vagabond tip will help you to overcome that challenge.

First of all, you should know that most bus stations, train stations, and even some airports offer lockers or bag storage for short term. What that means is that for just a few dollars you can leave your bag in safety and wander around, have lunch, take photos, or just take a nap without worrying what is happening to your stuff.

too many bagsEven if you just need to go out and find a hotel or hostel, this makes things considerably easier. So, what if there isn’t a locker or bag storage?

Easy. Hotels and hostels often offer free bag storage for their guests so that they can check out but not have to carry their bags with them. The secret is that you don’t have to be a guest to store your bag! Just pop into a hotel or hostel and ask them if you can leave your bag with them for an hour, a day, or sometimes even longer. Often they won’t charge you and if they do, it will only be a couple of bucks. To be honest, higher priced hotels tend to be more friendly than most hostels when it comes to this. Frankly, it’s because since hostels are cheaper, the guests get treated worse and as for non-guests, well, you don’t get any sort of respect – generally. So you are better off picking a fancy place than a dive or hostel.

After that you can visit museums, tourist attractions, restaurants, or make arrangements for your next leg of travel without having the bags with you.

Where do you store your bags when you want to explore a place? Do you have favorite places in favorite cities? How much do they charge and how long can you leave your stuff with them?

Belgian rain

Off the Beaten Track: Tips for Getting the Most from Adventure Travel

Adventure travel provides excitement and exhilaration at every turn but it can also make you very vulnerable. To ensure you enjoy your trip as intended and make the most of your experiences, keep the following tips in mind.

hiking in ServiaKeep comfortable

Chances are you will spend more time walking and exploring by foot than you will by public transport on an adventure trip which is why comfortable clothing and equipment is a must. Certain conditions and climates may not always be the comfiest but as long as you come prepared, nothing will mar your enjoyment. Durable footwear and a spacious, well-designed backpack are essential items, especially if you intend to travel light.

Prioritise your health

There is nothing worse than wasting days of your precious vacation confined to your room with a bug or an infection. Unfortunately many things can trigger an illness while abroad such as the local water supply or certain foods but it’s possible to prevent illness by taking the suitable travel medication before and during your trip. Prebiotic like ‘Travel Aid’ are preferable to traditional probiotics since they give your immune system a much-needed boost and prevent bad bacteria from thriving to avoid any further complications.

Belgian rain

Use adventure travel apps

Travelling is generally all about enjoying the moment without any distractions or much interference from modern technology, but there is no harm in using it when it may be able to save your life. Phone apps can help you in emergency situations and may even enrich your experience. Everything from deciding how to tip in foreign countries to needing medical assistance can be stressful when travelling and thankfully many apps can make light of these common issues.

Android apps like ‘Tipping bird’ for example can actually calculate the appropriate tip to give according to the country, type of service and even the individual i.e. cleaning staff or baggage handlers etc. An equally useful travel app is the ‘Help Call’ app which cleverly detects your location, scans a database of local emergency numbers and calls the nearest one to you.

Adventure travel doesn’t come without its risks, but this is what makes it so exhilarating. Experiencing your destination in a unique light is what makes travel worthwhile and spurs you on to try new things.

If you want to get the feel of offbeat accommodation on your travels, hoteliers such as Chic Retreats offer the weary traveller a quiet and secluded spot to call base camp, featuring an array of private hideaways that concern themselves more with charm and character than a magnet for tourism.

castle in the UK

Finding the Perfect Accommodation in the UK

If you’re travelling to the UK for an upcoming holiday or weekend getaway, you’re probably min need of some accommodation. There are many options for accommodation in the UK. Whether you’re after a rural country escape or a bustling metropolis adventure, look no further than our handy hints and tips to help you find your way.

Airbnb

A hairy English CowNot heard of Airbnb yet? You’re missing out on a whole new world of adventurous accommodation! Founded in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb is a “trusted community marketplace” in which people all over the world can list, book and discover the most amazing locations for a great price. Whether you’re looking to stay in a trendy London flat for one night, a candy coloured beach hut for a week or a castle for a month, this website connects people to finding the most unique travel experiences in the click of a button. The UK has so much to offer and you can really pick up some great bargain-stays on this fantastic website! Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Holiday Cottages

If you’re looking for utter relaxation and a place to unwind, look no further than staying in a Cornwall Holiday Cottage. Helpful Holidays have done the hard work for you and hand-picked the best self-catering cottages in the area. From towering castles, serene gardens, and landmarks steeped in history and legend, Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. With the longest coastline in Britain stretching over 433 miles long, this beachy retreat has holidays cottages to suit everyone. Whether you’re after a cosy spot in a pretty fishing village or a grand and rather handsome manor house amongst wooded valleys, they are sure to offer you a holiday to remember.

castle in the UK

Glamping

If you want to be at one with nature but don’t quite want to skimp out on the luxuries of everyday life, you need to experience the new craze that is Glamping. Derived from the words Glamorous and Camping, this idea is all about submerging yourself in to your surroundings, feeling the earth under your feet and melting away the daily stresses of life. You can really be at one with nature without having to live out of a rucksack or sleep on the floor! Glamping has more recently been related to wooden huts and tipis in enchanted forests, eco pods or even Airstream caravans. If you’re travelling around the UK and want a truly unique experience, this is a real eye-opening one. Not sure where to start? Well, Glamping UK definitely has you

covered with finding the ideal spot, no matter what your budget or comfort expectations are.