Today I propose a “how-to” review of past posts containing useful information. Summer isn’t really the time to tackle a steep learning curve. On the other hand, we don’t want our brains to turn to mush.
Let’s go easy, shall we? Pour a cold drink, find some shade, and set aside that beach novel for a few minutes. Later, you can truthfully say you did something of value during summer vacation…
I’ve collected the ten most popular “how-to” articles for you, all in one place. You only have to click and read.
Top “how-to” articles from TravelSmart Woman:
How-to Use a Bidet: Like Riding a Horse: Wow, apparently bidets are a mystery! This post gathered the most comments from readers. “..no, it is not used as a place to wash your feet or as an ice bucket. Americans tend to snigger like a bunch of boys who just found an older girl’s bra on a clothesline. Don’t be that person.”
How-to Keep Your Travel Money Safe: Not nearly as saucy as a bidet tutorial, readers enjoyed learning how to stash cash to minimize loss in case of petty theft. A couple of the seven tips are reminders about storing valuables and documents in a safe way. Because we should follow the Scout motto when we travel: Be Prepared.
How-to Leave Home with Peace-of-Mind: Your trip starts before you step out your door. When you’re busy planning and packing, it’s easy to forget a few basics. Like putting mail on hold or making sure you have enough of your prescriptions when you return. This post includes a printable list to follow as you prepare for your adventure.
How-to Ride a Metro Subway: Step-by-Step Directions: One of the things that can confuse travelers, as well as cause hesitation, is public transportation at your new destination. Figuring out what to do can be a challenge. Using Montreal’s metro/subway system as an example, I explain how to travel like a local. It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive!
How-to Eat Pasta: Instructions From a Sicilian: Think you know pasta? Don’t be so sure. Tommaso Pante, owner of Sunway Travel, and certified guide, is a Sicilian on a mission to teach the world how to cook and eat pasta “correctly.” In this post, he shares tips and etiquette…you’ll never cut your spaghetti again.
How-to Avoid Travel Scams: Nothing wrecks a trip like getting ripped off. Pickpockets are everywhere, but travelers are especially prone to scams. Because we like to be nice–or don’t know any better–we let someone tie a bracelet on our wrist or we stop to help a woman who falls down. This post has seven scams to know about when you travel.
How-to Prevent and Cure Jet Lag: One word: Yuck. I’m hopeful that someday–like the common cold–there will be no need for this advice. Until then, we each have to find the best method to deal with the dull fatigue that accompanies travel over time zones. Jet lag affects our bodies in several ways. Read this post to learn how to minimize the effects.
How-to Care for a Blister When You Travel: If you can’t walk, you can’t explore. Start with the best shoes, of course. But when you start to feel the teeniest rub, it’s time to stop and take action. Should a blister appear anyway, you can treat it quickly–and get back to your journey. Just promise me you won’t ignore it…
How-to Meet People When You Travel Solo: One of the stumbling blocks for would-be solo travelers is figuring out how to meet people during a trip. Read this post to learn a few ways to find natural social connections, no matter where you go. No conga-line dancing necessary!
How-to Stretch Your Cruise Dollars: Although cruises are touted as an inexpensive way to travel, they can easily turn into money drain. Here are some ways to make the most of your cruise, starting when you book your trip. Learn how to dodge unnecessary expenses, while getting the most for your budget.
Maybe you want your summer reading to include specifics on a destination or a certain type of travel: family, LBGT, solo…Lonely Planet* has titles to inspire and inform.
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