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Vagobond Travel Tips – The Master List

Roudn the World Travel Tips

Travel Tips

You don’t travel as much as I do without learning a thing or two that makes life on the road easier and more fulfilling. In the decade or so I’ve been doing this, I’ve written more than a few articles about how to travel cheap, how to find great bargains, and how to travel well. The one thing I haven’t done is gather them all in one place – until now. As time goes on…I’ll be adding more here. If I’ve missed any – please be sure to let me know.


First of all these:

How Not to Enjoy World Travel #1

How Not to Enjoy World Travel #2

Accommodation Tips

25 Reasons to Avoid Hostels

Hotels and Homestays

Hostels and Hotels – Find Your Place

Hotels vs. Hostels vs. Couchsurfing


The New Club Med


Airline Tips

Finding Cheap Flights

Around the World Travel Planner

Free Airfare: A Couple More Options


Planning Tips

Travel Insurance is Worth It

Tips for World Travel Planning #1

Tips for World Travel Planning #2

Tips for World Travel Planning #3

Tips for World Travel Planning #4

Free Travel Advice – Really!


Budget and Money Tips

Travel Security Tips

Jobs for Vagabonds

World Travel for Almost Nothing #1

World Travel for Almost Nothing #2

World Travel for Almost Nothing #3

World Travel for Almost Nothing #4

World Travel for Almost Nothing #5

World Travel for Almost Nothing #6

7 Working Holiday Costs You Need to Plan For

Tour Promotion for Free Travel

Finding Discounts

Making Money While Traveling


Tech and Gear Tips

Travel Tip – The Kindle

13 Web Resources for Web 3.0 Travel Nuts

7 Gifts for the Intrepid Traveler

Essential Travel Gear

Taking Better Travel Photos

25 Travel Sites You Need to Know About


Family Travel Tips

Traveling with babies and children

10 tips to Travel Internationally with your Infant


General Tips

7  Easy World Travel Tips

27 World Travel Tips

30 Travel Tips to Keep You Safer

3 More World Travel Tips

The Ultimate Travel Underwear


Diarrhea on the Road

Bag Storage

Packing for Trekking

Solo Travel for Women and Girls

The Art of Conversation with Grumpy Expats

10 Free Things to do in Honolulu

World Travel Without Moving

Travel Insurance because Travel is Risky

How Not To Enjoy World Travel – Part 2

This is the second part in an ongoing series about how to have the worst time possible during your world travels. Here is the link to part 1.


reading books by Vago Chris Damitio
Reading can show you the world. Is that one of my books she's reading?

4. Don’t Read
To me, reading is an essential part of travel. As far as I’m concerned, if you are one of those people who ‘doesn’t like to read’ than you are one of those people who should stay home and not travel.

Don’t read anything about the country of place you are going to. That way you won’t understand the culture, the traditions, the history, the climate, or anything else. You will be able to have a completely one dimensional experience. If you should read, for example, about how it is rude to point the bottoms of your feet at someone in Thailand, then you’ll miss out on the ass kicking that results when the kick-boxer tells you to stop pointing your feet at him and you continue to do it. You wouldn’t want to miss that.

Or if you read, you might feel compelled to go fifteen kilometers out of your way on the way between Seattle, Washingon and Vancouver, British Columbia and visit the remote and gorgeous Scenic Hot Springs. Wouldn’t that suck?

Don’t read on your trip. Don’t discover that Mark Twain stayed in the same hotel you are visiting in Honolulu (The Moana Surfrider) or that the lovely looking picnic spot in Cebu, Philippines is where Lapu Lapu ate a famous explorer. Who needs to know details like that?

Ferdinand killed by Lapu Lapu
A nice spot for lunch...unless you are Magellan

Don’t read when you are stuck at the airport. It’s much better to just sit and get angry at the workers or eat overpriced food. Don’t read at the beach because it’s much better to sit there wondering what to do now that you are done swimming.

Yes, if you don’t want to enjoy world travel, it is essential that you not read.

5) Don’t talk to anyone unless you have to

Hiking in the Sierra Nevada
Talking to people can lead to destroying your boredom

If you want to have horrible and meaningless travels, don’t talk to anyone unless you have to. Don’t talk to the man next to you on the airplane or bus, he might be a Chinese businessman who would invite you to visit his home and stay with his family.

Don’t talk to the guy who works at the hotel unless you need towels or directions. If he thinks “Hey, this is a nice person” he might actually tell you someplace that he doesn’t recommend to every other rude tourist. You might end up going to a tiny temple in Penang, Malaysia instead of going to the big one that has eighteen tourist buses outside it.

Don’t talk to people in the street. They might try to sell you something. They might want to practice English with you. They might want to share a bit of their culture or learn something about yours. Wow, wouldn’t it be a bummer if that Indonesian guy learned that the USA is not just like Bay Watch and Jerry Springer? Don’t talk to him.

batak guitar man in Medan, Indonesia
If I hadn't talked to him, I would have missed him singing Imagine

Just imagine if he saw your guitar and ended up teaching you a local favorite song.

If you want to NOT enjoy your travels, do not talk unless you need something.

6) Don’t learn any of the local language

sexy Japanese girls
By all means, don't speak Japanese to these girls

Finally, if you want to be absolutely certain that you don’t enjoy your world travel, pretend your a British Colonist and refuse to speak the local language.

Don’t say Tarima Kasih in Indonesia, don’t ask where to get the gonggongcheecha in China, don’t say Yvet in Turkey, don’t show the grocer in Barcelona you can understand the uno, dos, tres, don’t speak French in Paris (I found Parisians to be very gracious about my bad French), don’t say shukran in Morocco, kapcun kap in Thailand, daijobu in Japan, bollacks in England, dude in California, wienerschnitzel in Germany, or Mahalo in Hawaii.

Chief witch in Sikihor
Despite his shirt, the chief witch of Siquihor speaks no English

Speaking the language encourages people to learn about you, to teach about their culture, to make friends, to have relationships, to even fall in love. There is nothing miserable about any of that. So if you want to Not enjoy the world of travel…don’t speak the local language.

Got more tips about how to NOT enjoy world travel, why not leave a comment below or send your tips to me using the contact form.

How Not To Enjoy World Travel – Part 1

There has been a lot written about how to enjoy world travel or how to increase the ways that world travel can fulfill you. What I haven’t seen is a lot about how to have a miserable time when you are on the road.

Having lived in quite a few tourist destinations, run hostels, and interacted with literally thousands of travelers, tourists, nomads, vagabonds, and gypsies over the years I’ve seen more than a few people who are making themselves as miserable as possible. In fact, I’ve done it a time or two myself.

So, I dedicate this post to all the miserable wretches who thought they were going on the adventure of a lifetime but ended up having the worst time of their lives.
travel drunks

1) Get drunk all the time. Party like a miserable suicidal rock star.

Sure, it’s nice to have some drinks now and then. It’s even nice to sometimes throw caution to the wind and just get blotto and see if you wake up in the morning with a beautiful stranger (or a stranger you thought was beautiful when you were hammered), but the truth of the matter is that alcohol is a depressant.

a delicious Amriecan hamburger
The ketchup in most countries tastes different than Heinz

Alcohol used to excess has a negative impact on our bodies, our minds, and our emotions. While it is easy to shake off a hangover now and then (easier for some than others), no matter how fit you are if you are getting soused every night your mind and emotional state are going to suffer. Not only will you miss those glorious early morning walks when people all over the world are getting ready for work and starting their day but you are putting yourself in a position where you won’t be able to clearly see the things that make foreign cultures beautiful. And you will spend a lot. With a few exceptions (like the Philippines), booze is also one of the most expensive things you can buy. Drinking will sap your budget and sap your spirits. As an example, an average night of drinking in Turkey will cost you anywhere from 30 to 100 lira. For 20 lira you can take a boat tour in Kaciegiez including lunch and visit the mud baths, and go to the beach, and drink a beer and eat an ice cream. So, one night drinking or a boat trip?

stay at the resort and don't leave
The resort is nice, but….

2) Don’t leave the resort or tourist areas.

I know that being in a foreign culture can be difficult, but if you only eat in the McDonalds, use the hotel facilities, stay in the backpacker ghetto area, or stick to the guidebook than you are missing out on what life is really about in whatever place you are in. Would you rather sit by a pool meeting other vacationers or perhaps meet Chinese villagers who are celebrating a local holiday?

When I ran a hostel in Waikiki, I noticed that some guests never left Waikiki and they usually wrote things in the comment book like “Hawaii is just like Miami but more expensive”, but for those who ventured out into little towns like Kailua or who visited local spots in Honolulu, the comments would usually read something like this “Aloha is real! I love Hawaii!”

Which comment would you rather leave?

fishing boats in the puget sound at sunset
It\’s a pretty sunset but not as nice as the one in Bumfuck.

3) Compare everything negatively with somewhere else.

I’ve heard plenty of tourists in Fez, Morocco say things like “The clubs here aren’t as good as the ones in Barcelona” or “The cafes here aren’t as good as the one’s in Paris”. They are right, but the problem is that by comparing things in a negative way they are missing what is good or interesting about the clubs in Fez. A better way is to say something like “The cafe’s in Fez are different from those in Paris because they are filled with only men. That’s interesting, I wonder why?” and then to ask someone about it. Sure, you may not like it as much, but explore the diversity instead of just harshing about it.

If you want to know more ways to not enjoy world travel, stay tuned. More are coming soon.

In the meantime, what do you recommend for those who want to be miserable?