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27 Quick World Travel Tips

Here are 27 quick tips to make world travel better. What are your quick tips for world travelers?

1) Say hi to other people who are traveling
2) Don’t flash your bling
3) Catch a cab and talk to the driver about cool things to do (Cabbies are almost always multi-lingual)
4) Scan a picture of your passport and give it to someone you trust
5) Get a nice padlock and use it when necessary (It takes two to steal: the thief and the one who left an opportunity)
6) Wear long pants during long transport
7) Look at the mattress…know what bedbugs look like
8) Stay where you get breakfast for free
9) Make sure hot water is included
10) Find paperback exchanges
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11) Stay longer and get cheaper room rates
12) Fill out your couchsurfing profile completely
13) Look for free fruit on the trees
14) Look for language exchanges
15) Don’t leave your phone in your room
16) Bring your own condoms
17) Don’t get so drunk you can’t take care of yourself
18) Trust your instincts about people
19) Eat the local food
20) Always ask for a second price
21) Don’t wander around alone late at night
22) Don’t give up your passport
23) Bring your valuables to the shower with you in a hostel
24) Eat lots of cheese if you get diarrhea
25) A handful of nuts makes hunger go away
26) Get a haircut and a shave (or a wax and a style)

This last one is my personal opinion only.

27) Drink the water.

What are your quick tips for world travel?

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Mexico: The Land of Guaranteed Adventure

Mexico is an epic place to get lost and also find yourself. Here are six reasons why you should book your Mexico holidays and visit one of the most gorgeous and striking countries in the world.

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Take a colossal road trip

It’s easy to get a measure of Mexico as being a nation of untouched beaches, ice-cold Coronas with lime, and chihuahuas everywhere yapping and napping. There’s plenty of that, but there’s also a whole lot of stunning natural features. A road trip is the perfect way to see this beauty. The vast interior of the country is full of jagged mountains and the capital Mexico City sits on a perch 2.2 kilometres above sea level – travelling under the surface of these dramatic mountains, you can explore meandering caves, impressive waterfalls between the canyons and turbulent rivers. For this kind of raw beauty check out Copper Canyon in Chihuahua State.

Become a Mexican cuisine maestro

Whether you want to spend $1 or $300, great grub is always guaranteed in Mexico. This is the world famous epicentre of amazing food after all! Consider a cooking school in Mesones Sacristia Hotel in Puebla. Here, you can get to grips with tacos, burritos and other types of traditionally Mexican dishes.

Learn how to handle Tequila

In Mexico they don’t use and abuse Tequila like the rest of the world. Instead they sip it and appreciate its nuances and subtlety much like people appreciate whisky in Scotland. Head to the foodie capital of Mexico, Oaxaca. This is where a bunch of dedicated artisan tequila producers are quietly initiating a tequila revolution. If tequila’s not your thing,some certified geniuses in Mexico have also invented a pretty tempting cocktail called
the Queretaro, a concoction of cheap red wine and lemon sorbet. Heaven.

See the original cowboys in action

Rodeo was invented in Mexico. Although it was made famous by Hollywood and made legends out of actors in the middle of the last century, in its purest original form, it’s a Mexican pursuit. Head to the Lagos de Moreno area of alisco for the best horsemanship in the land. The charros (Mexican cowboys) love to entertain the crowds and adore their horses like their own children.

Gorgeous and elusive animals

A menagerie of raucous and colourful animals call Mexico home. The place to see a flapping fury of parrots in action is Sima de las Cotorras, or in English an ‘Abyss of Parrots’. Located in Chiapas state, a sinkhole of 160m is home to hundreds of vibrant and loud parrots. If you prefer a terrifying shrieking sound, go and see the howler
monkeys. They live in a jungle haven at the Centro Ecoturistico Las Guacamayas.

Freida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Mexico was the birthplace of two great 20th Rivera, who were linked romantically, although tragically. As individuals they produced some vivid and haunting works that are available for view in the art museums of Mexico
City. These days, San Miguel de Allende is home to current artisans who produce Mexican handicrafts, street art and plenty of interesting sculptures.

There’s never been a better time to book Mexico holidays and embark upon the adventure of a lifetime in wonderful Mexico.

Copper Canyon image by bdearth used under creative commons licence

 

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Driving on the edge: A guide to some of the world’s craziest road trips

Written by Jessica Langlands

Although road trips may have originated in America, the rest of the world has quickly caught on. Now with car hire companies like Economy Car Hire offering their services in thousands of locations worldwide no destination is unreachable. You quite literally have the world at your fingertips!

Whilst the thought of driving for hours on end along an endless highway may conjure up memories of being cooped up in the back seat of your parents un- air conditioned car, wedged between a suitcase and the kitchen sink that your mother insisted on bringing, road trips today have evolved into something truly extraordinary.

Nothing gives you freedom like the open road, whether you’re driving fast or slow, have a destination in mind or are simply following your nose, or should I say bumper? road trips are the ultimate example of independent travel. Without having to rely on public transport timetables and guaranteed you’ll always get a window seat there really is no better way to see the world your way.

So, if you are looking for a thrill then look no further then these fantastic driving experiences.

1. The Pacific Coast Highway, USA.

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Although it is one of the most well-known road trips it is by no means any less exciting. Navigating the winding two lane highway, with imposing rocky hills on one side and sheer cliff drops into the ocean on the other, makes for an interesting drive to say the least. The 200km stretch of highway should take around 5 hours to complete and with features such as the Bixby Creek Bridge it is a truly exhilarating experience. Simply wind down the windows,
feel the wind in your hair and soar over the Santa Lucia Mountain Range as it plunges into
the sea.

2. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway.

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This coastal road is something of a worldwide architectural accomplishment. An 8km stretch of highway made up of a series of bridges that hop from island to island, the Atlantic Ocean Road is without doubt a unique experience. Passing through the incredible Hustadvika coastline, which is renowned for being exhilaratingly dramatic when in storm and the perfect spot for fishing and whale watching in calmer weather. This road has been awarded the status of national tourist route. The almost rollercoaster like peaks and curves of the bridges give the impression that you are teetering on the edge of the ocean. A feeling that is only enhanced by stopping at one (or all) of the four panoramic view and rest areas incorporated into the design of the road. These viewing points offer spectacular vistas so be sure to stop and experience the expert harmony of the natural world and this man-made construct.

3. Icefields Parkway, Canada.

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The Icefields Parkway is not only one of Canada’s national treasures but one of North America’s most impressive landscapes. Drive through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains amidst a world heritage site and two national parks. This is truly a world-class experience that offers access to a breath-taking wilderness of majestic sweeping valleys and glassy, turquoise blue mountain lakes fed by ancient glaciers. This route is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to one of the world’s most unforgiving environments. It is in fact one of the only places in the world where you can drive right up to a glacier. With highlights such as Bow Lake, Panther Falls and the Ice fields themselves, every turn through this unique landscape is an ‘Oh my gosh!’ moment.

4. The Savannah Way, Australia.

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Also known as Australia’s adventure drive, The Savannah Way stretches across the country’s north region from Cairns to Broome. Whether you choose to traverse just a section or cross the continent from coast to coast, drivers on this route are never short of views across striking landscape. It is a journey rooted deeply in the Aboriginal and pioneer heritage and links 15 national parks and five world heritage areas, guaranteeing you wide horizons, ancient gorges and abundant wildlife. As you head west from Cairns’ rainforests and reefs you will have the chance to see iconic waterfalls, embark on your own pioneering adventure on a bush walk and explore the caves of Undara Volcanic National Park. But be warned this route can be dangerous. As you drive through its remote centre, don’t expect to see a gas station or another person for several hours. Make sure you leave well prepared with plenty of supplies.

The natural world is a thing of great beauty and picturesque scenery is not that hard to find, but for truly unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a life time these road trips are a set of adventures that will get your heart racing with views that will make your stomach drop.