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These travel tips have and will be written on the fly and not copied from existing sources. This means fresh and new ideas as well as time and field tested tips.

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     1,000 )      Use all 5 senses when exploring. Don’t just go “sightseeing”, go experience-ing…

     999 )      Embrace culture shock. Don’t hide from it or fear it, treat it like an adrenaline sport…

     998 )      “Collect memories, not things.” Nice quote but it’s also good to collect things that represent memories aka souvenirs

     997 )      The best local travel tips are often from hostel and hotel employees, ask them…

     996 )      Say “yes” more often.

- The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt -

– The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt –




     995 )      When it comes to travel selfies, make sure the background is the primary subject because that’s what’s important, not you…

     994 )      Carry a decoy wallet when in dangerous parts of the world. Give it up to a mugger if the situation arises instead of your actual one to minimize loss…

     993 )      Before booking hotels and hostels in-person, check their online prices first, you’ll often find better deals for the same thing from their own website or other booking sites

     992 )      The experience of travel (other than travel itself) is basically 3 parts; attractions, culture and food. Make sure to explore it all…

     991 )      Best way to keep in touch with new people you meet along the way is Facebook. At the least you can swap and tag travel photos.

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– Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool in Singapore –

     990 )      Unless you’re a professional photographer, the best camera for travel is a high-end smartphone like an iPhone, enhanced with a Hitcase

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     988 )      Don’t make your travel itineraries too complex and time demanding, they should be flexible and light…

     987 )      Pack your backpack or luggage no more than 85 percent capacity. Leave that room for other items you’ll acquire as well as extra space for times when you have to jam everything in there on short notice…

     986 )      ATM’s are almost always the cheapest, easiest and most reliable way to get your money while abroad…

Island Hopping The Gili Islands in Indonesia // VAGABONDING

– Island Hopping The Gili Islands in Indonesia –




     985 )      Always pack a plastic bag somewhere in your packing list. They’re free, plentiful and have a million uses for travel…

     984 )      The seats right on top of wings are the most comfortable for people that get air sickness…

     983 )      Don’t carry very obvious gadget specific bags (camera, laptop) to reduce the risk of theft…

     982 )      Roll your shirts and pants into tight cylinders. This will allow the most space as suppose to folding and less wrinkles…

     981 )      If traveling long term, pre-prepare a care package for yourself of hard-to-find necessities before leaving. Then have someone ship it to you when needed…

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– Life-Size Gundam Robot in Tokyo –




     980 )      Take lots and lots of travel photos of the same thing or action, pick out the best one later and delete the rest…

     979 )      Not all travel tips work well or the same in all countries, use common sense…

     978 )      If you have to checkout of a hotel early the next day, pack your bags the night before…

     977 )      Keep your laptop on top with easy access within your carry on luggage so that you can remove them at airport security checks…

     976 )      Rent a bicycle or motorbike if available, it’s often the best, most efficient and fun way to see a city…

     975 )      Don’t forget to get off the beaten path, literally and figuratively…

     974 )      Respect strange cultures. The stranger it looks to you, the stranger you look to them…

     973 )      If you’re allergic to any foods, learn the word for them or have photos of them in your smartphone to show to the pertinent people when getting food…

     972 )      Simply asking for a check out extension at hotels will surprisingly work quite often without a fee…

     971 )      Get the business card of your hotel or hostel as soon as you check in. It will come handy to give to the taxi driver to get back, especially in countries with language barriers…

- Shrimp Fishing Indoors in Taipei -

– Indoor Shrimp Fishing in Taipei, Taiwan –




     970 )      Staying at hostels can be a lifestyle in itself, it’s the most social and sometimes most rewarding part of backpacking travel…

     969 )      Go on journeys, not vacations

     968 )      It’s better to go through the hassle of visa extensions than it is to deal with expired visas…

     967 )      Titanium does not set off airport metal detectors. So don’t worry about any implants, jewelry or tools…

     966 )      Don’t forget to share your own travel tips, the more you teach the more you learn…

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– Tian Tan Buddha of Hong Kong –




     965 )      Don’t avoid tourists traps, some are good and have become traps for a reason…

     964 )      Instead of packing a heavy coat, layer with clothes that you’ll need anyways. It’s often just as warm and saves up on unnecessary items…

     963 )      Meeting other travelers is easy, that’s because they want to meet you as well. Just say hi…

     962 )      Be wary of littering, other than it’s obvious negative impacts, it’s so illegal in some countries like Singapore, you can get arrested or worse…

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On a Boat at the Floating Village of Siem Reap // VINJABOND

– On a Boat at the Floating Village of Siem Reap –

     960 )      One of the best travel tips for backpackers is “relax, take it slow and go with the flow”…

     959 )      Stash a single use of toilet paper in your daypack, you never know when you’ll need it. Also, many regions around the world don’t have them readily available in restrooms, just a bucket of water in replacement…

     958 )      “Street food” is usually unhealthy and terrible in the United States and other Western countries, but it’s the contrary in most developing nations…

     957 )      Carry a covert plastic handcuff (if legal) because, well read this

     956 )      Dress conservatively in places where the locals do…

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– Gateway to Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia –




     955 )      If you smoke, learn the country’s proper etiquette before smoking in public. In some parts of the world like Singapore and Tokyo, you can only smoke in designated places…

     954 )      To rainproof your backpack, wrap a plastic bag around the contents (internally) upside down…

     953 )      Always backup your travel photos and videos to an online source like Dropbox

     952 )      Get relatively lost once in a while, it’s a great way to explore even if you don’t get off the beaten path…

     951 )      Take public transportation out of airports, it’s a fraction of the cost of taxis and also a great start of seeing a new place…

Flying Over The Paradise Islands of Thailand

– Flying Over The Paradise Islands of Thailand –




     950 )      Brainstorming your own travel tips while traveling is a good way to well, think of travel tips…

     949 )      Just because you can carry all your gear as carry on doesn’t mean you should. It can be a hassle to lug all your stuff when you know you’ll be at an airport for a while; long layovers etc…

     948 )      Don’t pack traditional fluffy towels, they’re huge and take forever to dry. Get a multitowel, they’re a fraction of the weight but absorb even more water and dry super fast…

     947 )      “Activate” your credit cards before leaving for international use. Some banks block sudden foreign card use, a simple call to the bank will prevent this. Particularly useful for multiple country backpacking trips…

     946 )      Free / included breakfast at hotels and hostels are often first-come-first-serve. So don’t be the last one and miss out on all the good pickings…

Prized Beef Noodles in Taipei // VAGABONDING

– Eating Prized Beef Noodles in Taipei –




     945 )      Some of the best restaurants in the world are unknown, cheap and family owned establishments. They often retain unique and original cuisines without outside influences…

     944 )      Don’t expect there will always be an ATM. Have bit of cash on your person and hidden in your backpack…

     943 )      Remember, what’s legal in your country won’t necessarily be the same in another and vice versa…

     942 )      The emergency exit seats on airplanes often have the most leg space and can sometimes be requested. Also, the seats in front can’t be reclined for even more comfort…

     941 )      Some continents allow for “visa running“, easy overland border crossing to renew visas; South East Asia. Letting you stay in a country(s) for an indefinite amount of time, legally…

Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam by a Monkey - VINJABOND

– Shaking Hands With a Wild Monkey on Lombok Island, Indonesia –




     940 )      Avoid heated arguments about politics and religion with locals, it usually ends badly…

     939 )      Email yourself a photo of your passport ID page as well as physical copies on your person…

     938 )      Always use flip-flops when showering at hostels, you don’t know how dirty and germ infested those floors are…

     937 )      Tie your backpack with fellow travelers when waiting for long periods of time at busy public stations: bus, train, events etc…

     936 )      Popular chain restaurants like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut offer exotic menus available only within vicinity, it may be interesting to try them out…

A Day in The Life of a Vagabond: Berlin

– Remnants of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany –




     935 )      Remember, you’re a guest in whichever country you’re traveling in, act accordingly…

     934 )      Bottom bunks at hostels usually have the best access for power outlets…

     933 )      Try Couchsurfing for free and safe housing. But it’s a cultural exchange so it’s great for travelers, not bums…

     932 )      In many parts of the world, only bottled / filtered water is safe to drink. But it’s also in these parts of the world where bottled water is extremely cheap…

     931 )      There’s nothing quite like dating other travelers while traveling, try it…

Crossing the Bosphorus from Istanbul, the strait that connects Europe and Asia /// Vinjabond

– Crossing the Bosphorus from Istanbul, Turkey –




     930 )      It’s perfectly fine to sleep at airports if you’re waiting for a flight. Consider it a vast hotel room, sans the private bed…

     929 )      Don’t throw out plastic metro cards after you leave the city. They’re compact, easy to pack, durable and uniquely memorable making them great souvenirs…

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     927 )      Keep dirty clothes separately in a plastic bag (as if it was a laundry bag) within your backpack…

     926 )      Tourists and foreigners will get charged or quoted for more than what the locals pay in many parts of the world. This is fine but you should also hone your haggling skills

Backpackers at a Pool Party in Luang Prabang, Laos /// Vagabonding - VINJABOND

– Backpacker Pool Party in Luang Prabang, Laos –

     925 )      Above all else, it’s the people I’ve met while traveling that I value most, most other travelers would agree…

     924 )      For long term / backpacking world travel trips, get nomad insurance. It’s surprisingly affordable, reliable and available for most countries…

     923 )      Pack with like colors so all your clothing match, to maximize outfits while limiting items…

     922 )      Instead of carrying your main backpack everywhere (after finding accommodations), get a daypack to equip daily travel essentials…

     921 )      At hostel dorms, avoid beds near the door as it will have high foot traffic…

- Selfie w/ a Tiger in Chiang Mai, Thailand -

– Selfie w/ a Tiger in Chiang Mai, Thailand –




     920 )      Avoid putting luggage in the taxi trunk if possible. After a long flight, people often forget about it once they reach their destination…

     919 )      Denim jeans take up significant space and weight, avoid to keep your travels light…

     918 )      Compartmentalize your gear to each specific type of item within a separate bag within the main bag…

     917 )      Don’t speak louder and slower to locals with a language barrier. It’s rude and ineffective…

     916 )      Intentionally save some currency before leaving a country and use as backup money or as souvenirs…

Having Drinks in VIP at Club Loca in Daegu, South Korea // Vagabonding

– Having Drinks in VIP at Club Loca in Daegu, Korea –




     915 )      Don’t pack a sleeping bag for world travel. They’re huge, heavy and some hostels don’t let you use them. If going camping, just rent or borrow one…

     914 )      At the very least, know how to say “thank you” and “hello” in the language of the country you’re in…

     913 )      Never book commercial flights with a travel agency, prices are always jacked and you can book them yourself easily. However, long distance bus and train tickets may be better to use an agency on location…

     912 )      To pack ultralight, start with buying a small bag or backpack then start adding gear…

     911 )      Request a hotel room away from the elevator for the most quiet. This is especially useful during busy seasons and party hotels…

River Tubing in Vang Vieng // Vagabonding

– River Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos –




     910 )      Ask for work at a hostel to stay for free, even for just a bit. This is a very common practice, just ask…

     909 )      Use your passport ID page as your smartphone wallpaper for going out at night instead of risking your real passport while partying. I’ve used the screenshot to get into clubs

     908 )      Flashpacker or not, always pack a universal plug adapter, instead of buying a specific adapter for each country…

     907 )      Take taxis from the airport’s official taxi stand / line. It’s almost always the best deal and safer than the independents…

     906 )      Do take the mini toiletry kits at hotels but don’t take the towels or robes unless you want to be charged…

Zip Lining Sentosa Island in Singapore - VINJABOND

– Zip Lining Sentosa Island in Singapore –




     905 )      Don’t flaunt signs of wealth while traveling; jewelry, watches etc. The only people you’ll impress are thieves…

     904 )      Always keep some loperamide handy in case of sudden diarrhea while on long bus / airplane / train rides or while in the outdoors…

     903 )      Never say “I’m an American” as a beneficial tool to get what you want. No one cares and it doesn’t even work in the movies…

     902 )      Some countries won’t allow you access if you don’t have an outward flight, ask whichever airline you will use to arrive…

     901 )      Keep calm and travel on…

Travel tips 900 to 801 are on the way. But in the meantime, share your own in the comments and see if it makes it on to one of the 1000.

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5 COMMENTS ///

  1. Lori Zabel

    Great list. Some oldies but goodies and some brilliant I never heard before. can’t wait for the rest 899.

  2. Eez

    I remember some travel blog saying “take half the clothes but twice the money”. LOL, it must of been some backpacker oblivious to the existence of ATM machines.

  3. Lenmo

    903 is hilarious!!!! I can just see some spoiled American girl blurting that out in Paris or something to cut a line for the Eiffel Tower. hahahha


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