10. Rely on Your Brother in India -- While, as a feminist, this tip doesn't suit my world view, it does have value. I used it when traveling in India last month. If you are being harassed by a man who wants to act as your guide or offer some other service, to be rid of them simply say "my brother does not allow me to talk to strange men". I'm 55 and have grey hair yet this still worked like a charm.
Writer: Janice Waugh Website: http://solotravelerblog.com Twitter: @solotraveler
11. Hiking in and around Paris -- writes Marlys in Paris, France -- Did you know that you can also indulge your love of hiking and walking even on your visit to Paris? There are a number of easy hiking trails in and around (less than an hour away) Paris. One way of finding out where to go is to join the Paris Hiking group. Not only will you get to see Paris from a different angle, you'll also get to meet like-minded folks. Amusez-vous bien!
Writer: Marlys Schuermann Website: parismoviewalks.co.uk Twitter: @ParisBuFF
12. Carry a hotel business card -- I always carry a business card of the hotel I'm staying at. If hotels are new or have changed ownership taxi drivers and people on the street may not be aware of them. I have been in countries where I slightly mispronounced a hotel name in another language and have received blank stares but a business card always gets me where I need to go.
Writer: Ayngelina Brogan, Website: www.BaconisMagic.ca Twitter: @ayngelina
13. Don't be afraid to get lost and wander -- When traveling I often find that its the moments I've gotten lost in a city that I have my best experiences. I now intentionally get lost when I travel however I only do it in the day time and after I have gone over a map of the city I am in and have tucked it away in my bag for later when I need to become 'un-lost'. Do some research to prevent walking to the "wrong side of town" and I bet you will be surprised at the parts of a city you will see and stumble upon that you might of otherwise missed.
Writer: Cailin O'Neil Website: www.TravelYourself.ca Twitter: @cailinoneil
14. Leave an 'In Case of Emergency' file -- Always leave an 'In Case of Emergency' file with a trusted friend or family member when you travel. I believe you should always expect the best and plan for the worst when you hit the road. When I go on a trip (especially internationally), I leave my file with someone I believe in and can reach 24/7 in case of an emergency. This includes copies of my passport (hard copy and PDF), copies of credit cards (front and back of cards) and emergency customer service numbers, and any travel insurance (trip or medical). If any of these items are lost or stolen, it's easier to have them replaced. I also carry an extra copy of my passport with me as well, but having a backup copy with someone who can assist you in an unfortunate circumstance is a great comfort.
Writer: Marianne Schwab Website: www.best-travel-deals-tips.com Twitter: @TravelProducer
15. Pack a sarong -- Take a lovely sarong/large cotton wrap with you wherever you travel. Light, easy to carry and versatile, it's a woman's best friend on journeys. It's a skirt in a church, a shoulder wrap in a mosque, a blanket on a desert night, a pillow on a long flight, a beach cover-up in the heat of the day, an emergency cocktail frock for a late date, a table cloth for an al-fresco picnic and so, so much more. Choose natural material and make sure it is in a colour/pattern/design that makes you happy when you look at it.
Writer: Zoe Dawes Website: www.thequirkytraveller.com Twitter: @quirkytraveller
16. Large Zip-lock bags are a must -- I label them with a permanent marker and use them to keep all electronics chargers, batteries, etc., organized, and to keep cords and plug prongs from damaging or getting damaged in the bag. The zip-locks double, at trip's end, as a place for dirty laundry, a wet bathing suit and more.
Writer: Vivian Vassos Website: www.zoomermag.com Twitter: @vivianvassos
17. A small rolling bag doubles as an overnight bag -- If you're traveling with a computer, consider investing in a rolling bag that can double as an overnight bag. On a long trip, I pack my computer, jewelry, camera, magazines, snacks and an extra set of dainties. I also stash my purse inside as I move through the station. Once you're there, if you need to take a quick trip from your central spot, just take this bag and check your bigger one.
Writer: Micheline Maynard Website: www.michelinemaynard.com Twitter: @mickimaynard
18. When I'm staying in a reasonable hotel -- I always have room service for breakfast so I can start my day relaxed and read the local paper to get the flavour and rhythm of the town or city I'm in; and still in the hotel, I make friends with the room stewards and hotel staff - it's from them I get the best info on what's happening at grass roots level as to what travellers are doing. And if you're lucky they'll tell you their favourite eating place/view/attraction/bus trip etc.
Writer: Bev Malzard Website: http://getupandgomagazine.blogspot.com Facebook: www.getupandgo.net.au