Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another Round of Little Travel Tips

If you are travel around Europe by train, don't wait until your day of departure to get your tickets and information for the next part of your trip. By getting what you need ahead of time, you'll have time to find an English speaking agent (if you need one) who can give you all the information you need, including departure times and track number. You can also use the time to find the track location. That way you don't have to worry about any of this when you are actually heading for your train.

Traveling to Asia? If your local Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese restaurant has bi-lingual takeout menus, carry a few copies with you. That way if you are in a restaurant with no menu or one you can't read, you can give your bi-lingual copy to the waiter who can then point out to you what the restaurant can prepare. And bring extra copies of the menu with you .... you might find the waiter wants to keep a copy.

When booking an international flight from the U.S., check the fare for the same flight offered by the domestic airline's international partner. Because of taxes and fees, it might actually be cheaper to book the air with the international partner.

If you like to buy shipboard souvenirs, try to sail the ship's last itinerary of the season. That's when the ship's store puts the 'local' merchandise on sale, as it prepares to bring in new merchandise for the next sailing.

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