A while ago I was asked to contribute some travel tips in a game of tag where each blogger shared their tips and then nominated a few other bloggers to do the same. The project was organised by Tripbase and so many bloggers were soon involved that it soon became difficult to find anyone to tag that hadn’t already shared their tips. You can read my travel tips here.
Now all these tips and travel secrets have been collected to make a series of e-books that you can download for free and with a wonderful bonus attached. For every free e-book you download here, Trip-base will donate 1$ to a fantastic cause called Charity Water with a mission to provide clean drinking water in developing countries around the world.
Clean water is something that my family and I just take for granted – we turn on the tap and it’s there. But for many families around the world, this isn’t the case. Women and children may walk for miles every day to find water in dirty pools or rivers, even though they know this water could make them sick, but may have no choice if it’s all that’s available. Through projects such as building wells, Charity water can give communities the clean water they deserve, freeing time for more productive activities and improving health.
There are several free e-books in the series to download from travel tips, tips from the US, Italy and countries around the world, to beaches, foodie and family travel.
My tips on staying in Religious guest houses and on meeting locals through social networking sites are in my article here and you’ll also find them in the Travel tips guide along with tips from many of my blogging friends.
Sherry from Ottsworld has obviously been asked too many personal questions about whether she is married, and reminds us that we don’t HAVE to answer all those personal questions but can turn the tables and ask the locals questions about themselves instead (Travel tips – P15)
Nancy from What a Trip advises us to use social media like Twitter to get advice from local Visitors Bureaus who are there to help us plan our trip and get the best deals. (Travel tips – P15) and also suggests that we take a quick photo of our luggage so that if it goes astray we can provide the information to find it again more easily (Travel tips – P37)
Anil from Foxnomad urges to try the places that locals flock to but may be less known to the average visitor – there are no real secrets in the world of travel, just places that someone could be waiting to recommend to you or for you to discover (Travel tips – P19)
Barbara at Hole in the Donut suggests that if you’re the sort of person that likes to research and book hotel accommodation ahead of time, an additional web search for your chosen hotel name + discount voucher coupons could reveal a further 10-20% discount on room prices especially from major hotel chains. (Travel tips – P24)
Keith at Velvet Escape has a tip for when you are in a hotel and want to check in to your flight online but don’t have direct access to a printer. If you check in and then save a PDF you can e-mail it to your hotel reception and ask them to print it for you before you leave. (Travel tips – P38)
Mara from Mother of all trips is a girl after my own heart when she urges the benefits of a bit of realistic planning, to avoid wandering aimlessly around or ending up at somewhere that’s closed on your chosen day. (Travel tips – P54)
Ms Gourmantic, like many other writers extols the benefits of leaving the guide book behind and experiencing a place fully with all your senses, rather than through someone else’s interpretation. (Travel tips – P53)
Liz from Travelogged makes us aware that in Greece you don’t flush the toilet paper but put it in the bin instead. Although I know this as my sister lives in Greece, it often catches me out when I go over and is a great relief when I come home again and can flush without fear of the consequences! (World tips – P.69)
In the world tips e-book I also mention London’s lesser known museums such as the Denis Severs House (not really a museum, more a Georgian house that’s a living stage set of the past) and the Geffrye Museum in East London with room sets of domestic English interiors through the ages. (World tips – P. 86)
If you want to check out these and many more travel tips, do go to Tripbase and download one or more of the free e-books so that Tripbase can make the donation on your behalf to the Clean Water project.