Travel Tips: August 19, 2021

Need some advice for exploring your destination? Here’s your daily dose of travel tips.

  1. American travelers do not require visas for short term visits to many countries, specifically within Europe. If you're uncertain you should check but it’s likely that it's unnecessary.

  2. If you want to get into hiking but don't have a good sense of direction, find trails with higher elevation changes. It’s always easy to tell your way back from the top.

  3. Tipping a waiter/waitress can be quite offensive in some cultures. While it is not common in many countries, they have come to understand that Americans generally tip. Check before eating out to see if tipping is an accepted practice.

  4. Scammers will usually start their conversation by asking where you're from and try to give you something "for free." This could be a bracelet, necklace, or even a watch. Just keep walking and don't let them give you anything.

  5. If you are extra sensitive to the smell of cigarettes and tobacco, try to eat indoors or at smaller venues while in Europe. Smoking is much more common in Europe and is allowed during outdoor dining at many venues.

  6. While hostels are generally thought of as being for younger travelers, older travelers can enjoy them too. There are hostels specifically for non youth travelers and most non party hostels offer private rooms.

  7. While I don't always recommend planning ahead, when doing a long road trip, it is important. Make sure you know where you’re going and where you can stop along the way. It is important to stretch your legs and walk around.

  8. If you choose to visit multiple locations, a hiking bag may be your best option. They are easy to carry and can be fitted to your size.

  9. Even after COVID, you may want to bring medical masks with you when visiting certain parts of the world. Air pollution and burn season can cause serious damage to your lungs.

  10. When visiting the Caribbean or any clear coastal destination, you'll probably want to do some snorkeling/diving. It is best to bring as much gear as you can. Rentals in popular marine locations can get quite expensive.