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101 Tips, Tricks and Hacks to be an Expert Traveler - Rapid Travel Chai

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101 Tips, Tricks and Hacks to be an Expert Traveler - Rapid Travel Chai

  1. 1. 101 Tips, Tricks & Hacks to be an Expert Traveler Chicago Seminars 2016 Stefan Krasowski Rapid Travel Chai
  2. 2. Who am I? I lived in China for 8 years I work in international business I plan obsessively I travel fast I come back exhausted My wife is the opposite ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. My Dream Trip ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved My Wife’s
  4. 4. Where have I traveled? 184/193 UN countries 274/325 Travelers’ Century Club countries ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. Let’s Dive In! ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Practical Stuff ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. 1. Get a Schwab Debit Card ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. 2. Carry Crisp Small Denomination Cash ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. 3. Use a Real Bank ATM at Airports, Maybe Up in Departures ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. 4. Travelex is Always the Worst Deal ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. 5. Discover Card in China and Japan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Tips ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. 6. Photocopy Guidebook Pages ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. 7. Carry Certificate of Vaccination ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. 8. Know Medication Generic Names ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. 9. The Purell Guy Gets Sick First ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. 10. Annual Multi-Trip Travel Health Insurance ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. 11. Get Passport Card for Backup ID ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. 12. Carry Hard Copies ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  20. 20. 13. Carry Elite Cards ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. 14. Use Intl/Other Language Help Lines ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. 15. Use Low Balance Gift Cards on Priceline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Tech ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  24. 24. 16. Get T-Mobile Before Your Trip ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  25. 25. 17. Always Use a VPN ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. 18. Amex Platinum Boingo is Useful ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. 19. Don’t Go App-Happy, Many are Junk or Distractions ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  28. 28. 20. Google Translate App Offline ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  29. 29. Gear ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. 21. My Daypack is a Local Shopping Bag ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  31. 31. 22. Merrell Jungle Moc Leather Travel Shoe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  32. 32. 23. Have an Umbrella for Rain & Sun ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  33. 33. 24. Carry A Swimmer’s Chamois Towel ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  34. 34. 25. Convertible Luggage is Bad at Both ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  35. 35. Visas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  36. 36. 26. Embassies Often Don’t List Visa on Arrival ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  37. 37. 27. Look for e-Visas ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  38. 38. 28. US Citizens Need a Visa to Australia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. Wings ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  40. 40. 29. Wikipedia for Airlines and Airports ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  41. 41. 30. Know Which Airport and Which Terminal ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  42. 42. 31. Connect Where You Want to be Stranded ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  43. 43. 32. SkyScanner for Hard to Ticket Airlines ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  44. 44. 33. China Domestic Flights at ctrip & eLong ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  45. 45. 34. India Domestic Flights at expedia.in ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  46. 46. 35. Check In as Early as Booking ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  47. 47. 36. Baggage Patrol Ignores Shopping Bags ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  48. 48. 37. Use (and Keep) Paper Boarding Passes ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  49. 49. 38. Priority Pass for Citi Prestige $50 AUs or Chase Sapphire Reserve $75 AUs ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  50. 50. 39. Airplane Jet of Cold Air on Recliner ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  51. 51. 40. Read The Economist in First Class ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  52. 52. 41. Go to the Bathroom After Immigration ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  53. 53. 42. Addis Ababa not Nairobi ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  54. 54. 43. Virgin Atlantic Never Lets You Rest ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  55. 55. 44. Don’t Fly LIAT ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  56. 56. Wheels ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  57. 57. 45. BJ’s or Costco Travel for Car Rentals ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  58. 58. 46. (Flexible) Prepay Car Rental to Avoid Fees ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  59. 59. 47. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards for One-Ways ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  60. 60. 48. The Avis/Budget Home Currency Scam ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  61. 61. 49. Don’t Use Dollar/Thrifty for Tolls ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  62. 62. 50. No Card Covers Rental Car Liability ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  63. 63. 51. Get Your Own Toll Pass or Pay Online ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  64. 64. 52. “What’s Here” for GPS Coordinates ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  65. 65. 53. Offline Maps from maps.me Not Google ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  66. 66. 54. Charter a Taxi Instead of a Guide ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  67. 67. 55. Use India’s Airport Prepaid Taxis ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  68. 68. 56. Get a Non-Ontario Rental in Toronto ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  69. 69. 57. You Need an IDP in Japan & South Korea ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  70. 70. 58. Cubans Hitchhike, So Rent a Car ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  71. 71. 59. SUV/Safari Tour Pay for Front Seat ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  72. 72. 60. Take Executivo Buses in South America ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  73. 73. Beds ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  74. 74. 61. Booking.com for Local Hotels ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  75. 75. 62. Subtract 1 Star in Europe, Add 1 in Asia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  76. 76. 63. Sort Out Airport Hotel Shuttle in Advance ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  77. 77. Food ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  78. 78. 64. 1 Per Day Limit on Hotel Lounge Meals ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  79. 79. 65. Do You Check TripAdvisor for Restaurants in Your Home Town? ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  80. 80. 66. Try Fruit: Durian, Mangosteen & Soursop ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  81. 81. 67. Eat 6 Times a Day in Hong Kong ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  82. 82. 68. Ginger Looks Like Potato in Chinese Food ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  83. 83. 69. Check the Sauce for Your Allergies ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  84. 84. Miles and Points ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  85. 85. 70. Get Avios.com Account (UK Address) ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  86. 86. 71. Change Your FFN on Your Avios Ticket ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  87. 87. 72. Always Check Non-Alliance Partners ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved +
  88. 88. 73. United Partners with Azul and Avianca Brazil is Now in Star Alliance ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  89. 89. 74. Get Partner Airline Confirmation #s ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  90. 90. 75. Take the United Micronesia Island Hopper ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  91. 91. 76. Sri Lankan Colombo-Maldives Shuttle ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  92. 92. 77. Colonial Caribbean Hoppers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  93. 93. 78. Use Choice Privileges for Preferred Hotels ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  94. 94. 79. Credit Card Point Tickets Earn Miles and Status ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  95. 95. 80. Hotels Often Allow Points Transfers ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  96. 96. 81. Some Airlines Have Family Accounts ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  97. 97. 82. Always See if there is a Business Program ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  98. 98. 83. Mags for Miles is a Good Deal ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  99. 99. 84. Always Click Through to the Last Screen ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  100. 100. 85. Name Your Children After You ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  101. 101. 86. Sometimes Just Play Dumb ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  102. 102. UK ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  103. 103. 87. Empty Your Bag at LHR Security ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  104. 104. 88. British Trains are Expensive and Confusing ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  105. 105. 89. They Will Love Your Brexit Jokes ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  106. 106. Europe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  107. 107. 90. In Europe, Down Arrow Means Forward ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  108. 108. 91. Don’t Use Rail Europe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  109. 109. 92. Request Amenities at Check-in in Europe ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  110. 110. 93. Rick Steves for Sightseeing Hacks ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  111. 111. 94. Buy Europe Museum Tickets in Advance ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  112. 112. 95. Europeans are Accustomed to Fees ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  113. 113. 96. Europe Has Lots of Great Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  114. 114. Japan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  115. 115. 97. Upgrade to JAL J-Class ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  116. 116. 98. An Airport Limousine is a Bus ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  117. 117. 99. Japan Rail Passes Save Language Hassle ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  118. 118. 100. Use 7 Bank or Japan Post for ATMs ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  119. 119. 101. Try Bath Houses in Japan/South Korea ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  120. 120. One More Because it Takes Two to Tango ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  121. 121. 102. Stay in a Japanese Love Hotel ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  122. 122. But Wait, There’s Even More ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  123. 123. 10 Places to Go ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  124. 124. 1. Ancient Rome and Star Wars in Tunisia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  125. 125. 2. Guernsey, Channel Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  126. 126. 3. Thin Red Line in Solomon Islands ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  127. 127. 4. Palau and Peleliu ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  128. 128. 5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  129. 129. 6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  130. 130. 7. Bhutan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  131. 131. 8. Turkmenistan ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  132. 132. 9. Iran ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  133. 133. 10. Madagascar ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  134. 134. 11. DR Congo ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  135. 135. ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  136. 136. Facebook Group – Every Passport Stamp ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved
  137. 137. Thank You stefan@rapidtravelchai.com @rapidtravelchai rapidtravelchai.com ©Stefan Krasowski, All Rights Reserved

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