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Since 2005 I have been taking notes on everything that I have learned while traveling independently in Europe.  I have done 4 solo independent trips to date and have learned many tricks of the trades mainly from other more experienced travelers like those that can be found on my favorite Travel Website, Slow Talk and Slow Travel.

In addition to providing a basic 1-2-3 list, I have also included some personal stories relating to some of my tips that I have learned over the course of my travel experiences.     

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June 13, 2010, 22:17

  Since 2005 I have been taking notes on everything that I have learned while traveling independently in Europe.  I have done 4 solo independent…

  • Blogging & Journaling

    August 5, 2010, 12:13

    ” Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys: the outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you’re…

    • My Favorite Blogs  

      July 21, 2010, 04:08

        FAVORITE BLOGS   I love reading Travel blogs and I have learned so much and have been highly inspired by…

  • Coping with long waits (bus, train, air) 

    June 14, 2010, 17:43

    Whether you are traveling on a group tour or independently, be prepared to experience some long periods of down time waiting to catch your flights, trains, bus…

  • Electricity, Plug Adapters, Phone 

    June 14, 2010, 21:51

    The electrical voltage and wall sockets differs throughout the world.  For example in most countries in Europe, they use 220 volts at 50 Hertz,…

  • High Tech Gadgets

    June 21, 2010, 02:39

    In the last 4-5 years, there has been an explosion in new Technology (to include Digital photography/video taking Cameras), which has d…

    • Digital Still and Video Cameras 

      July 11, 2010, 01:31

        NIKON D50 DSLR (WITH 18-200 MM VR NIKKOR LENS Gone are the days when you would have to carry 30 rolls of film for your…

    • Laptop 

      July 15, 2010, 02:18

      For the last two trips (Spain 2008 and Scotland 2009) I have traveled with my very compact Sony Vaio Laptop. Although it is much smaller and lighter it…

    • I-Touch/I-Phone

      July 25, 2010, 00:09

        Since 2007, I have traveled using my Apple iTouch. It’s kind of like the Swiss Army Knife of High Tech Gadgets and I absolutely love it! …

      • Applications 

        July 17, 2010, 13:34

          AIRSHARING AirSharing:    AirSharing is an application that can be used to transfer…

      • Features 

        July 25, 2010, 01:22

          There are several built in features on the iTouch that I find very useful for practical purposes and I’ll discuss them here:     …

  • Jet Lag-How to cope & minimize it! 

    June 14, 2010, 00:49

    There are several tips on what you can do to reduce Jet Lag after your Long Flight.   – If you are taking a group tour, if your schedule…

  • Laundry 

    August 2, 2010, 02:47

    When traveling for more than a week, you’re going to have to do some laundry.  There are some things that you can wash in a sink as they are light and…

  • Language 

    June 21, 2010, 20:48

    I would highly recommend that you pick up a guide book and try to learn some key phrases for the countries you will be visiting and spending more time in.…

  • Tips on Taking Still Photographs & Video 

    July 6, 2010, 04:15

    STILL PHOTOGRAPHS VS VIDEO Only video subjects and events that have sound to them!  For example, try not to video tape a…

  • Money Matters 

    June 21, 2010, 21:19

    Years ago when traveling I always took Traveler’s checks to pay for my expenses.  Today, the ATM Debit card is used worldwide and travelers checks are…

  • Packing

    June 21, 2010, 22:17

    The most important piece of advise that I can give is to PACK LIGHT!  I know the temptation to bring everything with you for fear that if you didn’t…

    • Finding the Right Luggage/Carry-On 

      July 11, 2010, 19:25

      Finding the right luggage is very important when traveling especially if you plan on using public transportation.  The most important  tips that I…

    • How & When to Pack 

      July 26, 2010, 13:41

      My one big advice here is don’t wait until the last minute to start packing.  I have found that when I procrastinate, not only to I pack way too much…

    • Packing Accessories 

      July 14, 2010, 03:29

      How you pack for a trip is almost as important as what you pack and what you pack your things in.  Here are some tips: Packing Cubes:  I use these…

  • Safety & Security 

    July 21, 2010, 04:12

    I feel safer in Europe than I do in some parts of the United States. On my first trip to Europe, I traveled solo. I felt completely safe for the entire…

  • Souvenirs 

    July 21, 2010, 04:17

    I remember on my first trip to Europe I traveled with a group tour.  As soon as I got off the bus along the way, i would run to find a souvenir stand…

  • Solo Travel 

    July 26, 2010, 00:42

    There are many articles and information found on the internet about Solo Travel.  In 2006, I did my first completely independent Solo Travel trip…

  • Transportation

    July 23, 2010, 12:35

    This section is dedicated to the various modes of transportation and my experiences and thoughts about them.  I will discuss the practical and interesting…

    • Car 

      August 1, 2010, 14:36

        About 98% of the time I travel around using the excellent train systems in Europe.  They are so efficient and far more advanced than what we have…

    • Ferries & Travel by Water 

      August 1, 2010, 13:02

      Some people love traveling by sea (ie., cruises) and I’m not one of them because of my proneness to motion sickness.  However, I have had to travel a…

    • Planes 

      August 1, 2010, 14:09

      I have taken several airlines to travel from Southern California to Euorpe (American, Bristish Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, KLM).  Do I have any favorites?&n…

    • Trains 

      July 23, 2010, 12:54

      At home I’m pretty much attached to my car and never take public transportation.  I drive 40 miles round trip everyday to and from work.  So…

    • Local Transport 

      August 1, 2010, 03:19

      When I travel I usually like to find lodging with a great location and within walking distance to the main sights and/or local transportation (subways, trams,…

  • Traveler or Tourist? 

    July 21, 2010, 20:59

      “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he comes to see.” ~ G. K. Chesterton Ask yourself this question.  Do you…

  • When Nature Calls 

    July 21, 2010, 04:18

    Okay, I promise that I won’t gross you all out by providing detailed descriptions and earthy tales of having to use public facilities while traveling…

  • Blog Posts About Travel Tips 

    July 13, 2010, 13:11

    This page will contain general Blog Articles I have written which provides important Travel Tips, mostly from Lessons Learned based upon my experiences and…

 

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