This past weekend, I attended the DC Travel and Adventure Show (Twitter, Facebook) where I was fortunate to spend 5 minutes each with Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer. Q&A from those sessions will appear in future McCool Travel posts.
Yesterday, I published Travel Tips from Pauline Frommer, from one of her talks.
Samantha Brown also gave two talks at the show. Here are 8 Great travel tips from Saturday’s talk, “Lessons From the Road: A Life on the Go.”
- Accents. Ask housekeepers where they eat. Samantha learned about a great Vietnamese neighborhood in Orlando by talking to housekeepers. “Find food and places not covered by guidebooks.”
- Breakfast. Talk to night guardsmen for breakfast suggestions. “Night guardsmen always know where to find the best breakfasts in town.”
- Southeast Asia. Other than the airfare to get there, Southeast Asia is so inexpensive. She cites $10 hour-and-a-half massages, $5 perfect meals, and $100 four star hotel stays.
- Latin America. Europe is so steeped in history but Latin America taught her to enjoy the culture for what it is NOW.
- Explore. Resist the urge to overload your schedule. Take time to just walk around where people live, away from the tourist areas.
- Language. Learn a few key phrases in the languages where you visit. It establishes an immediate connection with the locals. Samantha speaks a little Spanish but is not fluent in any language, other than English.
- Solo Travel. “Do it!” People will take care of you. You have different experiences when you do not have a travel partner.
- Japan. Japan has the hardest culture to get to know. It is difficult to know the rules sometimes. Once you are “in,” it is great.
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© 2011, Charles McCool