Last weekend I picked up great travel tips at the sold-out Womens Travel Fest. I had the honor to share the stage with with Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Felicity Aston, the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone and Paula Froelich, Editor-in-chief, Yahoo Travel.
I spoke about travel safety. Here are several of my tips. Click.
Here are ten other tips I picked up at the show.
- Medical advice from Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, AZ. Suggested a list of medication must-haves:
- Get vaccinated depending on destination
- Basic over-the-counter meds like Tylenol, Ibuprofen
- Zofran for nausea
- Scopolamine for motion sickness
- Cipro for traveler’s diarrhea
- Macrobid or Cipro for those prone to UTIs
- Diflucan for those prone to yeast infections
- Acetazolamide to prevent altitude sickness
- Melatonin for jet lag
- Plan B or Ella (the “morning after pills”)
- Budget tips. Monday and Tuesday are the best days to book travel. The airlines post low fares on these days.
- How to afford a trip. Have “no spend days” and don’t even spend $1.00. It’s harder than cutting carbs but works to rack up the savings for a great trip.
- How to snag an airline deal. Sign up for airline newsletters, Twitter and Facebook feeds so you’ll be the first to hear about discounted fares.
- How to save on the road.
- Try Airbnb. You can even do your laundry there.
- Take public transportation.
- Use hostels. They offer private rooms and lots of seasoned traveler company for advice.
- How to find cheap hotels with hostel rates. Check out generatorhostels.com/ with stylized, boutique décor. A new once just opened in Paris.
- What’s a great site to find hotel deals?com or the Hoteltonight app. https://www.hoteltonight.com/
- What are budget friendly destinations? Southeast Asia, Thailand, Mexico. Vietnam.
- How can you pay for your travel while on the road? com, www.housecarers.com Teach English and live with a family (in Italy www.acle.org) www.helpx.net/ or www.workaway.info
- For your safety, never leave home without; a rubber door stopper (some hotels don’t have dead bolts, and the door to the adjoining room may not be secure).