Friday May 14, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment
Secret Travel Tips from a Travel Expert
As a travel writer, I’m often asked “what are your best travel tips?” Rather than respond with “read my newspaper or magazine column,” I came up with three travel tips that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else.
Visit Your Destination on Horseback
Get off the beaten path during your travels and hit the dirt – literally. Visit your destination from the back of a horse. Unless you are touring a major city, most places offer horseback riding to the general public. From beginner to advanced rider, there are many types of horseback riding vacations available across the globe.
Visiting Kauai? Go horseback riding on one of the oldest working cattle ranches in Hawaii at Princeville Ranch.
What better way to learn about California’s Los Padres National Forest than from a local who rides the horseback riding trails on a daily basis?
Have you considered horseback riding to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? There are special equitrekking tours offered for the horse lovers amongst us. I try to fit in a horseback ride on all of my travels.
Social Media – a Traveler’s Best Friend?
We all look online when we are planning a trip. You wouldn’t be reading these secrets if you weren’t web-savvy. Once you have narrowed down your destination, let’s say a visit to San Francisco, do a search to find the San Francisco CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau.) Once you’ve found them, look to see if they have a FB page and are on Twitter. Follow them, become a fan. Ask direct questions about where to find lodging discounts or where to go for the best tacos in the Mission District. CVB’s exist to serve you, the traveler – use them and save money while you’re at it.
Lost Luggage Tip Secrets
Have you ever had your luggage lost on an airline flight? I had my luggage lost on a non-stop flight. Rather than stomp my feet and raise my blood pressure, I decided to ask fellow travel writers for their lost luggage tips and share the secrets with you.
My favorite tip comes from Wendy Perrin of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, “take a picture of your luggage from your mobile phone. This way you can show the airline EXACTLY what it looks like.”
What’s your best travel secret?
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