20 Travel Tips From Our Commenters

February 19, 2009 by  
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Joanna Young of Confident Writing recently compiled an excellent resource for fighting writer’s block by using suggestions from her readers. That inspired Enduring Wanderlust to select 20 helpful travel thoughts from our commenters. The personal experiences and incites of our readers are an invaluable resource. Read through the list and feel free to add your favorite and unique travel tips in the comment section.

Visiting Great Cities

1. I like strolling in the Lower East Side and visiting the Essex Street Market or going to Chelsea Market. NYC’s Green Markets are a great place to see what’s local and seasonal and where lots of great chefs get their produce.

Katie Parla | Katie Parla.com

2. I would also add the free outdoor movies shown during the summer months in Bryant Park (NYC) and at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.

Wendy | Escape From New York

3. We went to Paris a few years ago for Valentine’s Day. That’s definitely the most romantic city. Especially at night. You can view the city from atop so many different monuments (Arch, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur).

Seth

4. I have been to Vegas at least a dozen times and the Bellagio fountains never get old. The Conservatory at the Bellagio also never gets old, as they change it for the season/holiday. [Test] drive a Ferrari’s from the Wynn [Hotel]!

Ryan | Lifegawker
brooklyn-bridge-new-york.jpg Brooklyn Bridge © Gennaro Salamone

Eating On The Road

5. Picking foods that are native to the area is a great way to have a picnic. Then all you need to do is find that “special” spot.

Barbara Swafford | Blogging Without A Blog

6. I have to agree on Di Fara [Pizza] and Grimaldi’s as the top stops [in NYC]. Both deliver a great pie. I would add Patsy’s to that list. It’s right up there with Lombardi’s and Totonno’s.

Chris

7. The best pizza, naturally, comes from Italy. The best pizza I have ever had was made by a Roman who had a pizza bar in a neighborhood nearby [Australia]. Where most pizzas are made in electric ovens this guy used a wood oven. [Often the best foods come from neighborhood restaurants without famous names]

Sire | Wassup Blog

8. Una Pizza Napoletana [NYC] gets points for their crust with manages to mimic the texture, consistency and thickness of a Neapolitan crust. It fails in several ways: the center of the pizza is too thick. I want the almost translucent dough of Starita [Napoli] and Di Matteo [Napoli]. Also, their pizzas cost $21. A Napoli, 4 euros. Its dough. And marginally palatable mozzarella. Get real. And $10 for a glass of second rate wine. If the name “una pizza napoletana” wasn’t crafted to evoke the ideas authenticity and simplicity, then I would have no qualms. But since it was, then I expect both.

Katie Parla | Katie Parla.com

On Giving Back

9. I’m planning on participating in Kiva.org. As a person who runs a business, I needed a loan at one point…I’d like to help other succeed. Especially, since it won’t require much in a lot of those countries. I was in Peru a few months ago. I’ll try someone from there.

Tim
chandigarh-rock-garden.jpg Rock Garden, Chandigarh © Gennaro Salamone

On Green Travel

10. Chandigarh was so much fun when we visited it. It was truly a pleasant surprise and a change from most of India’s chaotic cities. The weather during monsoon season is a not as hot as in most parts of India because of its geographic location. The [rock] garden was an amazing experience. Be sure to visit manmade Lake Sukhna after the garden and take a boat ride.

Sima

11. Here in Philadelphia, Isaiah Zagar has created a “garden” and mosaic house out of basically junk. [It's called] Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

Kim Woodbridge | (Anti) Social Development

12. Coyotes are spotted often in Oakland County Michigan, Detroit’s northern suburbs. It’s very common to watch wild pheasants walk across streets of rural Detroit. Wildlife is running out of wild so they are forced to adapt to nearby cities. The mix isn’t always workable. Man always wins, even when we shouldn’t.

Brian D. Hawkins | http://extremeezine.com/internet-marketing-newbie-niche-still-very-popular/
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Bringing In A Lucky Chinese New Year

13. Another thing that Chinese consider good luck is the pulling of Raw Fish strips (during Reunion Dinner which is end of CNY) – the higher it’s pulled (vertically) from the table, the better.

Kelly | MyQute.com

14. I really like the idea of cleansing the house and body at the beginning of the year. It’s like setting the tone for the rest of the year. It’s human nature to judge something based on how it begins and ends. If you start off a year properly, then you are setting off on the right foot.

Trey | Swollen Thumb Entertainment

15. That’s [luck for the New Year] what my mom’s been stressing to us yesterday and today — oranges and a clean house. Phew I’ve been cleaning some parts of the house since yesterday. And we’re not even Chinese!

Brian Karl | Brian Karl.com

16. I think one of the most important aspects to have a good year is having an environment that promotes balance and feng shui.

Elijah | The At Home Couple

17. In my family, a bowl of black-eyed peas on New Year is essential for good luck.

T Edwards | Poverty101.net
indian-sari-women.jpg Conservative Clothing, Pushkar, India © Gennaro Salamone

On Staying Safe Abroad

18. In terms of sexual assaults, a big mistake that women travelers make in India – as they do in the Middle East – is to think that because it’s hot they can wear next to nothing. Female travelers forget that India is a conservative society – Hindus and Muslims both so – and that wearing minimal clothing is provocative.
I don’t think it’s a matter of right or wrong, it’s more a matter of appreciating that the culture (whichever culture it is) is different and as travelers we’re guests (male or female) and we need to appreciate that culture regardless of what we think of its values.

Lara Dunston | Cool Travel Guide

19. “Safety” is such a broad word. Terrorist attacks [in India] are not my number 1 concern. Better measures are necessary for dealing with more everyday crime. Because when I am attacked when leaving a shopping mall in Kolkatta, I don’t want to hear from the police that “it was probably my fault, because I must have provoked the thugs somehow” – as happened to me last January.

AnnaE | Budget Trouble

On Travel Gear

20. I used to have this [Canon Powershot SX10 IS] camera (or a previous version of it) and it is the best little camera. A great choice if you’re looking for something a little more advanced than a small point-and-shoot but aren’t quite ready to go into the DSLR arena.

Tabitha | From Single to Married

What was your favorite travel thought? Do you have a great tip to share?

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34 Responses to “20 Travel Tips From Our Commenters”
  1. Tim says:

    Thanks for including me. One thing that I always try to do when I travel is to pick up the basic phrases of the language. It makes communicating with locals easier even if they speak English. It also is a sign of respect to try and speak their local language. I find that a lot of times it will make me feel more comfortable. Safer too.

  2. Thanks for the trackback Gennaro. It’s funny, I read that same post of Joanna’s and thought about doing something very similar. Great minds think alike :)

  3. Thanks for including me in the 20 travel tips, now I really will have to try to get my hands on the keys to a Ferrari while I am at the Wynn! :-)

    I enjoyed the comment from Barbara about eating on the road. My wife and I are planning a road trip (our big move) from Detroit metro to Long Beach CA, and we are definitely going to take Barbara’s advice. We will chose local (native) foods from each stop along the way and find a cool little spot to stop and enjoy!

    I also liked Brian Hawkins comment about Oakland County MI. I used to live in Royal Oak which is part of Oakland County and nowhere near any woodland areas. One afternoon a huge pheasant flew into our backyard and then went on top of the neighbors garage, it just blew me away.

  4. jen laceda says:

    Sometimes, we get the best ideas when we least expect it. This post just proves the point.

  5. Ashley says:

    I love the Chinese New Year stuff. Refresh and let out the old. Also like Tim’s approach. Had an experience as a small business owner then returns the favor with giving a Kiva loan to a person from a country he visited.

    One piece of travel advice that I go by is to avoid setting a concrete plan. It’s okay to have some structure, but we are better of leaving a little room for the unexpected. A chance at adventure or to include a location or activity that we never knew existed.

  6. Seth says:

    I like the advice about Paris ;)

    As for a tip, I went to Chile to learn Spanish a few years ago. I found that it’s not only helpful to pick a good program, but to try a brief time with a homestay. It’s also very helpful if you do a program in a university town. Lots of young people who are bilingual and want to chat. Just be sure you are chatting in their language part of the time.

  7. Gennaro says:

    @Tim

    It’s important to, at least, learn essential phrases before going for an extended period of time. It definitely enhances the experience.

    @Brian D. Hawkins

    No problem. It was an interesting approach, for sure.

    @Ryan

    I’m going to hold you to that Ferrari test-drive! Give us a review of the experience.

  8. Gennaro says:

    @Jen Laceda

    That’s so true. Jen has a great travel blog called Folie à Deux

    @Ashley

    It’s nice to bring in the New Year with a new slate. Leaving room for adjustments to your plan is a smart move. A lot of my favorite travel moments were doing things or going places that I never knew existed until my feet hit the ground in the destination.

    @Seth

    Love that tip on learning languages. Haven’t gone abroad for that specific thing, but the idea of staying in a university town is a great one.

  9. Thanks for including me. What a great idea for a post – you must get a lot of great info from the comments.

  10. Chris says:

    Nice to be part of the group. Like the rock garden advice by Sima. And the language learning tip by Seth in the comments.

    A tip that I’ll offer is to carry a travel journal. Use it to outline your trip, but mostly to gather names and e-mail address of people you meet. It’s good to e-mail them after a day or two to get that communication going. Then, you have a friend in a different country. A lot of times, I’ve met these people again.

  11. Gennaro says:

    @Kim Woodbridge

    No Problem. There are definitely a lot of great tips in the comments section here.

    @Chris

    It’s great to keep in contact with people you’ve met while traveling. I still contact quite a few.

  12. Katie Parla says:

    Gennaro, thanks for including me and introducing me to all of these other great blogs and sites! Ciao!

  13. Steph says:

    Lot of great info there. Going to check out some of those blogs. In terms of safety, I always to to blend in as much as possible. Dress conservatively. Don’t be too loud and don’t bring attention to myself. I’ll splurge for a taxi if it’s late and I need to get back to the hotel in an area that may be unsafe at night. I like the suggestions on language too.

  14. Joanna Young says:

    I learn so much from the comments on my own blog – and elsehwere! I think that the round up of reader ideas and tips is a great way to share good ideas… and build a community. Thanks for the hat tip back to me… and all your own great comments on my blog :-)

  15. Going to Paris soon – thanks for the tips ;)

  16. Gennaro says:

    @Katie

    No problem. Thanks for the great tips

    @Steph

    Sounds like you have a grip on safety. I like the taxi idea. I know it costs a bit, but if you’re really unsure and alone…it’s worth it.

    @Joanna Young

    Thanks for the great idea and your strong content

    @Alik

    Have a great trip. Amazing city. If you need any tips, drop me an e-mail.

  17. Hi Gennaro – Thank you so much for including my comment. It was also fun to read what everyone else had to say.

  18. Lance says:

    Hi Gennaro,

    What a great post – so many great tips! I especially like the sections on “Visiting Great Cities” and “Eating on the Road”.

  19. Gennaro says:

    @Barbara Swafford

    Thanks. I enjoy reading all the thoughts from the comments too.

    @Lance

    Thanks.

  20. Yen says:

    A nice group of travel tips. I suggest that those coming to Japan visit the smaller towns. There are lots of beautiful temples with zen-type gardens.

  21. Great list Gennaro! I always bring food with me, no matter where I’m going. I never know when I’m going to get stuck somewhere without food. Also, something I’m learning as I revisit downtown DC, is that apparently the early bird gets the worm. I’ve been to several monuments in the area right when they opened at 8:30 and had the whole place to myself – it was great!!

  22. Gennaro says:

    @Yen

    Temples sound great. I love to check out the smaller town or cities. Gives a different feel for a country or state.

    @Tabitha

    Thanks for the tips. Those monuments get a lots of visitors everyday. I’ll definitely use that getting their early strategy next time I’m in Washington D.C.

  23. Sire says:

    Now how the heck did you manage to weave me into the post. That must have taken a fair amount of skill. Honestly I am very thankful that you did include me and just so you know, I would have continued to visit your blog even if you had missed my out. ;)

  24. Gennaro says:

    @Sire

    Didn’t even have to use the old magic wand :) You add a lot to our community and it’s appreciated.

  25. Great list, and thanks for including my quote in there!

    I love how almost all of the eating tips are about finding great pizza. I love me some pizza!

  26. Hi Gennaron
    This is a very nice list on all kind of things for travel. My favorites are number 1 and 3 :-)

    Thank you,
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  27. maiylah says:

    great suggestions! will definitely keep them in mind …

  28. Lots of good ideas here! I loved Sima’s picture so much that I want to add that location to our open ended world tour.

    We have learned so much in our 3 years of world traveling as a family, but I think the most important tip that I can give is to go slow. It is much more enriching, greener and so much cheaper too!

    We actually travel the world as a family and live large on little for soooo much less than living at home. We also love picnics and with a kid in tow, we MUST have healthy food on hand at all times. Almonds and walnuts are easy to find in most places and something we always have with us as well as a book!

    Happy Travels!

  29. Gennaro says:

    @Trey

    My pleasure. Pizza is something we can all relate to…

    @Giovanna Garcia & @Mailylah

    Thanks.

    @soultravelers3

    I love the idea of slower travel. Better for integration. It’s also great that your family has under-taken such a great journey. It’s such a unique extended family trip. Great to read about your adventures.

  30. kelly says:

    I am flattered! Never thought you’d see my comment as a tip! THANKS FOR SHARING Gennaro! You rock (but don’t turn into a garden rock!) >,<

  31. Gennaro says:

    @kelly

    Thanks. And that was a great tip. I never knew that about Chinese New Year.

  32. jen says:

    Glad I came over at this post – really helpful for someone just starting out and I shall be sure to bookmark it for later! x

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