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    You break two months of silence to talk about bloody travel.

    Pfft.
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    Post Long distance travel tips

    Download the regional maps using google's "offline maps" feature before you go, since data might be expensive.
    Consider buying a local SIM card. Make sure your phone is unlocked. Carriers around the world are legally required to allow you to unlock your handset, make sure you've unlocked it before you travel. Using a local SIM card is exponentially cheaper than roaming. For example, in South Africa, it can cost as much as $20 per megabyte to roam, yet you can buy a 3GB data enabled SIM with its own phone number and calling for just $40 or so. Canada roaming can be similar.
    Consider getting a phone app that uses downloaded maps for directions, there are several available in the app store for free that use google mapping.

    If it's cold where you're traveling from, put your overcoat or jacket into your checked baggage upon arrival to the departure airport so you don't have to carry it around through connections or at the arrival airport.

    Warm climates need less socks (because you'll be barefoot, or wearing flip flops/thongs) -but more underwear. Pack lots of short sleeve shirts, shorts, and t-shirts of light colour.

    Tie a sweater or cardigan around your waist upon return for the flight in case it's cold, you can also use it as a makeshift pillow or lumbar support
    Consider purchasing inexpensive inflatable pillows - they're about $10 a pair on Amazon. They deflate flat and can be better pillows and neck support for sleeping on the flight/s than dedicated neck pillows which waste space and often smoosh flat anyway, so your head is not supported (they rarely work, cost twice as much and waste space)

    Duty free shops often have a fridge tucked away in the corner. Buy refreshments and snacks there instead of airport news/coffee shops, it could be as much as a quarter the price.

    Pack toothbrush and travel toothpaste into cabin bag, also consider a lightweight change of clothes, or just socks and underwear if space is tight, in-case your checked baggage is delayed or lost.

    Side pocket medicine to include ibuprofen/paracetamol, laxative, sleep aid, and possibly caffeine

    Consider purchasing a small, digital luggage scale of the strap variety to weigh your bags before heading to the airport.
    Consider packing a smaller bag into checked baggage in-case you come back with more than you left with. A second bag is often cheaper than weight overage costs.

    Take a brimmed hat to warm climates, or buy one ASAP. Also consider factor 30 and 50 sunscreen, especially south of the equator.

    Dashcam. This can be crucial on a rental car for liability purposes, but be sure to remove it at night.

    Walk around a rental car before you even drive it away, take photographs and video, especially of the lower corners and panels. Document any dents or scrapes, no matter how minor. If there's damage that is not already indicated on the lease paperwork, go back to the office and have someone sign off on the fact that the damage is pre-existing. Even the large rental companies at some airports are running scams (ask me about losing $1000 to Avis at EDI)

    Consider a phone holder for the rental car (since phones are the predominant use of GPS these days)

    Consider getting an old GPS unit, you can often "hack" a Garmin with the latest unlocked maps on an SD card. This is in-case you have no data connection, which, even if you have pre-downloaded maps, you still might not be able to get directions (especially if you're trying to plan via public transport, or have traffic avoidance enabled in google maps)

    Download the app for all the airlines you'll be using before you travel. It can often be the difference between getting internet access and entertainment or not. It will also often allow you to carry a digital alternative to your boarding pass and allow last minute seat changes (for that elusive row with an empty middle seat)

    Being charged in your home currency when using your payment card sounds helpful and like it will avoid foreign currency charges (typically 3% from your local bank) - but beware, there's often a poor exchange rate and larger currency conversion charge being done. It's usually better to simply charge in the local currency.
    Ideally, have a credit card that doesn't ding you for FOREX. In the UK, this would be a Santander card, there are others.

    Be sure to find an ATM at the destination ASAP, preferably one that isn't charging lots of fees (there are often those that charge no fee) withdraw ~$100 equivalent walking around money for small purchaes and to avoid using your payment card across sketchy places, especially if they, or you, aren't using chip and PIN. At many UK airports, you can now find ATMs that dispense both pounds and Euros for no fee.

    Use Uber. It avoids language barriers and Taxis in most places are rarely honest. With Uber, the charge and route are generally pre-agreed upon and you don't have to mess around with money/payment at the other end. Just get out and say bye. For example, in Spain recently, I was unable to get a taxi on Christmas day, but Uber saved the day and the taxi to the airport changed the fare mid-route to four people. When Uber isn't available, consider getting a taxi app that covers the destination and functions like uber with pre-agreed payment, e.g. Taxi.eu

    Best practice not to travel with meat or fruit. Consider buying ziploc bags and empty your favorite snacks into them for your cabin bag. Crisps/Chips for example are extremely wasteful in having a bag of 2/3 air pocket, popping the bag will make a greasy mess. A personal favorite are cashews and Viennese cookies.
    Do the same with your clothing, consider putting clothes into sealable bags in your baggage. This will protect from any liquids that TSA et al can and will sometimes (deliberately or otherwise) leave improperly sealed. nothing worse than arriving at a destination with your clothes covered in cologne or mouthwash in the checked bag.

    If not traveling light, longer duration etc. consider getting four wheel hard shell rolling luggage with a hooking strap to connect subsequent luggage, so the whole thing can be pulled with one hand and you can stack your backpack on top. Three bags with one hand.

    Don't ever confirm you want a taxi with someone who asks if you want a taxi. Sure, sometimes it really is a taxi, but more often it's not. Real taxi drivers don't need to solicit riders. This is prevalent in New York and Shanghai.

    edit: Consider some decent noise cancelling earphones as the legions of feckless shitty parents drag their snot nosed, germ infused brats abroad with them. Shitty in the sense that they invariably seem to be the types who have never told their child "no" or failed to placate every whine from them. You'll need to drown them and their mewling offspring out nine times out of ten.
    Also consider that you might want to use the same headphones on the in-plane entertainment system and that the airline headsets are often recycled junk. Remember to carry the small dual channel to stereo 3.5" adapter with you, since some airlines, like Emirates are still using those old school dual mono connectors.
    To save bag space, you can often just wear the more comfortable ones around your neck, but some of the decent ones, like the Sennheisers (which I've seen for 80) will fold up into their own pouch.

    More as I think of them...
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    Shave your feet for long-haul flights.

    I guess that's about it really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinny View Post
    You break two months of silence to talk about bloody travel.

    Pfft.
    She's not talking about travel so much as providing a guide to all the places where all the rest of us have done so.
    @Utisz You're kind of tall for a hobbit.
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    Luxury hotels= luxury shitter in a pinch, just blaze right through like you belong there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuck View Post
    Luxury hotels= luxury shitter in a pinch, just blaze right through like you belong there.
    Free breakfast afterward
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    Quote Originally Posted by roki View Post
    Free breakfast afterward
    Breakfast ain't free at a luxury hotel. The continental breakfast thing is mid/upper mid hotels. If you should ever find yourself staying "free" at a luxury hotel, bring lots of money...and don't make eye contact with any employees. They'll anticipate a need you didn't have and you'll be left wondering if you are supposed to hand them a tip, how much, etc. It's just constant awkwardness. Luxury hotels are all about one thing...making money flow out of people who have so much of it that they don't even bother to look to see if things cost money, much less worry about the price.

    Tip...get a planet fitness black membership. You'll be able to go into any planet fitness into the country and take a shower and get in a workout, or maybe just utilize the black only lounge and the free wifi.
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    TIL Comfort Inn isn't a luxury

    Also black only lounge sounds suspicious
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    Quote Originally Posted by roki View Post
    TIL Comfort Inn isn't a luxury

    Also black only lounge sounds suspicious
    All you have to do to be a black member is pay ten more per month. Perks are the black lounge with massage chairs and tanning beds and some kind of red light booth. I never use any of that. I got it for the other perks, which are that you can go to any planet fitness in the country (there are almost 2k of them) and you can bring one guest with you, which means me and my husband can work out when we travel. The regular membership only works at one planet fitness and you can't bring a guest.
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