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16 Must Know Travel Tips for Developing Countries

Developing countries can be intimidating, especially for rookie travelers, but we are here to tell you that you can do it! Here are some tips for traveling in developing countries. Learn Some Of the Local Language Learning a bit of the local language can work wonders. Not only does it show you are making an effort, but it can be extremely helpful. Knowing how to say ‘no thank you’, ‘how much is it?’ and ‘can you speak any English?’ will really help with daily interactions. If you are a Woman, Consider Wearing a Wedding Ring It may sound like a weird tip, but it may save a whole lot of extra bother in the Middle East and parts of Asia. Men will be less aggressive with you if they see that you are “spoken for”. Buddy Up Having someone else with you allows for so many more opportunities with travel. Not only does it provide a safety net, but it is usually more fun, too! Some experiences just won’t happen when you are a solo traveler, so consider bringing a friend. Wear Dark Glasses Another odd tip, but hear us out. Especially in developing Middle Eastern countries, eye contact (especially between a man and a woman) can mean certain intentions. Wearing dark sunglasses allows for more flexibility in where you look. Hang Out WIth Moms When in doubt, sit next to a mom. While sometimes sitting next to small children can be irritating, mothers are naturally more helpful, friendly and more protective. Chances are you will be bothered less if you are surrounded by women and/or families. (This is especially true if you are a female traveler).

How to Tip in 26 Different Countries

Tipping is something you will definitely encounter as you travel, but we might not always know how to handle it. Different countries have different rules and keeping track of it all can be tricky. Here is a starter guide to tipping 26 different countries around the world. South Africa 10-15% is usually added to food bills. If you are driving, it is customary to tip parking lot attendants and petrol attendants at gas stations. Thailand It’s not necessary to tip, however tips are greatly appreciated and happily accepted. It is also customary to round up on all taxi fares. United Kingdom 10-15% service is usually added to the tab in restaurants. While tipping for service is customary, tipping is not expected in pubs. (These rules apply pretty much anywhere throughout Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain). China Tipping has never been part of life in China, so don’t worry about rounding up or looking out for a service charge. You might find a few exceptions to this rule in high class restaurants, but for the most part, China is gratuity-free. Portugal If you’re in a tourist-heavy area, check the bill to see if service has already been added. If it hasn’t, it is expected to tip anywhere from 5-15%, depending on how much money you are spending. If you are getting a cup of coffee, 5% is fine; if you are at a fine dining restaurant, expect to add on 15%. Vietnam It’s not customary to tip hotel porters or taxi drivers, but leave 5-10% on restaurant bills. Spain Locals usually round up the tab to the nearest Euro, which means a modest tip has become customary. If you are have great service, feel free to leave more - but it isn’t expected! Chile Like most of South America, 10% is added to restaurant, bar and coffee shop tabs. At grocery stores, it is also customary to tip the young men and women who bag your groceries. Australia Servers and taxi drivers in Australia earn a livable wage and tipping is not expected. However, if you have an awesome experience, we are use that your gratuity will be appreciated! Brazil A 10% service fee is usually added to your bill, so it is not required to tip above this fee - especially at buffets (aka rodizios). It is also not necessary to tip street vendors, but it wouldn’t be considered rude to do so anywhere in the country. UAE 10% service charge is the norm. If it is not already included, add it on. At hotels, it is usual to tip $1 per bag you are assisted with.

Ten Travel Tips for the Best Greek Adventure

Greece is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, ranking in the world's top 20 countries. According to the Greek Ministry of Tourism, almost 25 million tourists visit there every year!. The nightlight, the natural beauty and the history are all enticing to visitors - and rightfully so! Anyone who has ever been to Greece will affirm that it is one of the best places on earth! Before you pack your bags, check out our guide to Greece, so you can have the best experience possible! Don’t Overbook Every Greek island is special and beautiful in its own way. Don’t try to spend each new day on a new island. Enjoy just a handful, or whatever your time-frame will allow so you are enjoying the feel of each island instead of just spending time in transit. Unforeseen Delays Might Happen Because the economy has been in crisis for a couple of years, many of the transit systems in Athens such as buses and the subway go on strike at random. Drink Lots of Water Between the heat and the delicious Greek wine, you don't want to get dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you are visiting in the summer. Book your Ferries in Advance Island hopping means you will probably be taking ferries. During the summer, ferries sell out and get more expensive closer to the date that they leave. We recommend booking far in advance. Remember, you have to be at the port an hour before departure, so factor that into your scheduling as well.

Know Before You Go: Brazil

It’s hard not to fall in love with Brazil - they have everything! The music, the beaches, the wildlife, and the people all make Brazil one of the world's most captivating places, Brazil has attractions that extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to thundering waterfalls, samba filled cities, sandy beaches and lush rain forests. Before you visit, check out our guide to all the basics of Brazil. Knowing this type of information will let you explore with confidence!

Only Real Travelers Can Ace This Flag Test

Flags are a unique part of every country and culture. These national symbols differentiate a lot from each other, we learn about them in school, and with years forget how important they actually are. Did you know that one of the oldest flags in the world is from Scotland? It originated back in 832, and according to tradition, it represents Saint Andrew, who is supposed to have been crucified on a cross of that form. Each colour on the flags has a special meaning, for example, blue often represents freedom, vigilance, perseverance; green can symbolize the Earth and agriculture. Red often represents courage, revolution, hardiness; and white is for peace, purity, mountain snow, and innocence. People all over the world travel the globe in search of new experiences, but do they ever think to check the flag of the country they are travelling to? We don't think so. It is time to prove us wrong, and score 10 out of 10 on this fun test!

The Best Fashion Souvenirs From Around The World

Whether you are a fashionista or just looking for a great memento from your travels, purchasing a wearable souvenir from places you have visited is a great idea! Not only will you be reminded of your travels every time you wear your souvenir, but your wardrobe will be taken to a whole new level of fashion! Here’s a list of the best fashion souvenirs from around the globe:
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