Reddit can be downright dirty, incredibly insightful, narcissistic, and humble all at the same time. And what that means is that it’s a gold mine of the useful, the useless, and the funny. /r/AskReddit is the center of every day people answering life’s deepest questions. In fact, a recent thread discussed redditor’s best travel tips and had over 3000 comments.
Here’s some of my favorites:
- Store copies of critical info, including IDs, in an Evernote note or Dropbox folder so you can access it from any browser if needed.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses. I travel a lot so I dedicate a spare pair to my suitcase. It sucks to leave an overcast Seattle, not thinking about sun, then show up in a sunny place without the shades.
- Pack light. Especially if you’re backpacking/sole traveller. Everything in one bag!
- Ear plugs. If you’re traveling on a budget, you will probably be staying in some noisy located places. They really help.
- Don’t rush everywhere at once. Do your own thing.
- Say no to hookers and drugs.
- Eat The Street Food! Thailand and India and everywhere in between is amazing in its culinary experience. Amazing curries, hot sauces and firery soups with bits of variously cooked various bits of animal. Its just fucking lovely. Definitely do the pad thais and soups in the street, its boiled soup and wont hurt you. Obviously you’ll also see roaches, scorpions and other various critters too. I never had them but a drunken mate once said they taste like bugs. Don’t be a pussy, remember to drink some alcohol if your concerned about food poisoning.
- If alcohol isn’t readily available, neither are the locals. Don’t take that to mean “don’t shop, explore, or interact at all”. Just don’t try to get too friendly or touchy-feely.
- If you are a twosome, book the “A” and the “C” seats on a flight (Window and Aisle). The middle seat is less likely to be booked by an individual and you usually end up with the entire row to yourself unless the plane is pretty full. And if not, the person who books the middle seat would generally be pleasantly surprised to be offered the aisle as an upgrade, leaving you where you would have been anyhow.
- Take a small bottle of hand sanitizer. I just got back from vacation a few days ago, and turns out, I bumped into a lot of restrooms that didn’t have soap. It’s also good to have hand sanitizer with you anyway. GOTTA FIGHT THOSE GERMS.
- When you arrive in a new town, rent a bicycle and ride around. Ask about tours and things to do and see in the surrounding country. Then rent a motorbike and do it (don’t take tours, unless its a truly unique experience).
- Second, learn the generic and/or international names for over-the-counter meds that you use. For example, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is known as paracetamol in most places outside Canada/US.
See the full thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iqvhc/whats_your_best_travel_tip/