On our self drive trip through Canada we downloaded an app called Gypsy Guide. This is like having your own personal guide in the car with you. You just download and when you start your trip the guide will work like a GPS. The audio tours use GPS technology that lets the app know when you are near a fascinating attraction or spectacular sightseeing point. There is continuous commentary that plays automatically, telling you what to look at or when and where to pull over. You don't have to scroll or press any buttons during the tour. Some area apps are free and others average around $3 to $4 and cover most areas in the United States, Canada and Hawaii.
When flying into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, don’t go to the exit where all the cabs and taxis are and get ripped off. Instead, go upstairs to Departures, walk out and take your pick from the abundance of cabs with no line up.
For years when we visited the UK we drove a family member’s car to get around. Fortunately, we were not involved in any collision or damage as we later found out that we would not have been insured. Only UK residents can drive UK insured private cars. Having a UK driver’s licence and UK passport makes no difference if you are not a resident of the country. We managed to find an online car insurance company that covered us just for driving a private car in the UK Much cheaper than hiring a car and we knew we were covered.
When arriving at the airport before checking in your suitcase, take photos of them with your phone and, if they arrive damaged, you have a record of the state of them when they were checked in with date and time.
Attach an I.C.E (In Case of Emergency) disc to your wallet or bag. It is an Australian invention that contains a USB with your basic medical history, identification details and emergency contacts loaded by you using your computer.
Eat Drink Walk, a gourmet food walking tour of Lisbon was so much more than food and wine, it was also about Lisbon’s culture, past and present. A great introduction to Lisbon, excellent value, generous with food and drink and perfectly paced so after the five hours we didn’t want it to end. They only take about 8 people on the tour so you need to book ahead.
When flying overseas with your partner, put some of your basic clothes in each other’s checked-in baggage. If the airline loses one of your bags – at least you have a change of clothes.
Food is awesome, beer is awesome and public transport is cheap as chips. We actually rent an apartment in the suburbs – Zizkov (Prague 3) – and go to the local supermarket for shopping. We lived like queens on the Australian dollar. Make sure you do a river cruise in summer and one of the best shows to go to is the Laterna Magicka near the National Theatre.
Forget about sending postcards or individual emails while travelling. Set up a blog and post to that regularly. It is a wonderful way of keeping a diary and sharing your experiences with friends and family. You can print the blog off when you get home and have a permanent hard copy.