The Ultimate List of Traveling Alone Tips

There used to be quite the massive stigma attached to solo travel. However, as socially accepted coupling patterns and other social norms change, so is people’s attitude toward traveling alone. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 2009 alone saw 22.2 million Americans (out of a total of 170 million) take a trip by themselves for leisure purposes. There are numerous travel companies and tour operators out there who have caught on to this shift in attitudes and are trying to cater to this … [Read more...]

Travel Clothes: Packing for the Overseas Trips

Disclaimer: In the twenty some years I have been traveling I have never purchased what any retailer labeled “Travel Clothes”. The concept of special clothes to visit a Vienna or Panama City strikes me as silly. Why would you need clothing any different from what you would wear in a US city?  Granted you want items which pack well and don’t need constant care – but you likely already own those. (also see What to Wear When Going Abroad) I have personally witnessed people who probably spent … [Read more...]

Packing Your Bags

Packing for Trips/Cruises/Overseas Journeys/Local Trips Magazines routinely run articles on how to pack. I’ve read quite a few of them and each time I encounter one I wonder if the writer has actually traveled, or just excerpted all the previous articles.  Here are my packing tips.  Whether you are going overseas or vacationing in the next state is irrelevant other than the airline weight restrictions. How you pack is dependent on how you travel. For instance, if you are going from home … [Read more...]

Packing Checklist

Clothes The articles will suggest you take clothes in two complementary colors and it’s certainly a good idea – you don’t need as many shoes or accessories. The key issues with clothing, as I see it, it that they work for a variety of situations, are easy to clean,  dry quickly, and don’t take too much space. (see Travel Clothes) Everything Else I devote a fair amount of space to non-clothing items when I will be living in hotels or the like for extended periods. Below are a few of my … [Read more...]

What To Wear When You Are Going Abroad

The key question is where are you going and what will you be doing when you get there? Your clothes packing should reflect the specifics of your trip. I operate on the notion that when abroad I am a guest in another country. Whatever opinion I may hold of the local customs, it is polite to observe them to the degree I am able. It is also smart: the less you stand out the safer you are. In the interests of not embarrassing your fellow countrymen, be aware of local mores and dress to … [Read more...]

Checklist for Traveling Overseas

The list below is arranged in categories, with some description of the issues for each category. This is a generic list, that is, it tries to cover the required ground, and should give you ideas for what you want to add, but is not comprehensive. Planning: Is this your first trip overseas? Planning to travel around the world? Travel Agent: When to use a travel agent: Is this your first trip overseas? Passport: What countries do you need a passport for? For US citizens, the answer is … [Read more...]

Travel Light and Smart Overseas

Whenever I am asked for tips for packing for overseas travel, I always begin by asking questions. 1. How many of you are traveling? 2. How long are you going for? 3. Are you going to be in one hotel the entire trip? 4. Will you be doing business AND pleasure? 5. Will you be using planes, trains and automobiles? 6. Do you mind paying someone at every juncture to handle your luggage? 7. Will you have to carry your luggage up stairs? 8. Will your hotel room(s) be large enough to keep … [Read more...]