I hear people say the always get sick when they travel. I don’t…but, how about you?
Do you pay attention to the local food? Do you know whether you should eat street food when running water is almost non-existent?
Do you know when you need to have a vaccination?
If the water is questionable to drink, do you brush your teeth with it anyway?
Do you keep your hands washed? If water isn’t handy, do you use a hand sanitizer?
Do you have basic medical supplies with you?
Do you drink enough water…bottled if in some countries?
Packing tips are all over the Internet and in every magazine you pick up. Some you’ve heard a dozen times, some are new ones.
Recently, I read this tip for women. When traveling, pack three different colors of pants. Then, pack the tops to go with all three.
Hmm…three different colors of pants seems like a lot to me. Unless, that is, I’m traveling for two or three weeks and don’t have access to a washer and dryer. Or, my pants can’t be rinsed out in the sink. if I’m taking three pairs of pants, I’m going with black. Then, whatever tops I pick will work.
Having said that, you could be traveling where you will need different colors for different events or planned activities.
What do you think?
According to AARP, 99% of Baby Boomers who travel in 2016 will do so for fun. And, at least half of those will travel internationally.
Does that apply to you or to someone you know?
Want to know what AARP thinks are on the bucket lists of Baby Boomers? The Arctic Circle, New Zealand, Australia, and Panama top the list.
How about you? What’s on your list?
Depending on how much you travel and where…you will probably come across a toilet that doesn’t look like what you’re used to. A squat toilet.
This squat toilet is exactly what it says it is. It’s a slab of porcelain on the floor with indentations to place your feet.
There might be a pitcher of water to use to flush…but probably not toilet paper. If you do bring your own toilet paper, throw it away in a garbage can. Don’t throw it in the toilet.
“We are thrilled to welcome the world’s leading travel, food and cultural experts to the SF/Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show,” said John Golicz, chief executive officer and founder. “Our team has curated an entertaining, interactive show that will provide unparalleled travel education to help travelers enhance their next domestic or international adventure.“
The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show will feature the following keynote speakers:
- Rick Steves, chief executive officer of “Rick Steves’ Europe,” guidebook author, PBS travel host and America’s leading authority on European travel
- Samantha Brown, Travel Channel host
- Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer Guides and publisher of Frommers.com
- Doug McConnell, host of “OpenRoad” on NBC Bay Area and former host of the legendary, “Bay Area Backroads,” the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history
- The Islands of Tahiti are Closer Than You Think
- Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures
- Adventure, Discovery and Tranquility in Costa Rica
- Adventures in Australia & New Zealand
At the Savvy Traveler Theater, guests can also gain valuable tips and tricks at the following seminars for traveling smarter, more safely and with fewer hassles:
- Travel Smart with Technology with Angel Castellanos
- A Guide to Better Travel Photography with Ralph Velasco
- Explore What’s Unique About Cruises & Land Vacations
- Packing Light with Jon Holloway
- Maximize Your National Parks Experience
- TravelSquire & The Travel Therapist
The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show boasts a variety of global culture and entertainment. The Global Beats Stage offers culturally diverse music and dance performances while the Taste of Travel Stage, hosted by Chef Garth Blackburn and Amy Kushnir, provides visitors with insights from professional foodies and a taste of local, regional and global cuisine prepared by local chefs. Specials guests will include:
- Jerry Stone, food and wine blogger (Cooking Stoned and Green Wine Guide)
- Ben Simon – chief executive officer, Imperfect Produce
- Allan Karl, motorcycle adventure traveler, photographer and bestselling author of “FORKS—A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection”
- Chef Garth Blackburn, Sub-Zero Wolf in Dallas and Houston, Texas
- Amy Kushnir, host of “Taste Texas” and author of “Red Dirt Recipes”
- Sergio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte, chefs/owners, La Marcha, Berkeley, Calif.
The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center (5001 Great America Highway, Santa Clara, Calif.) March 5-6. On Saturday, March 5, the show opens at 9:30 a.m. for travel professionals, with general public hours set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, March 6, the show floor is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Single day tickets ($16) and two-day tickets ($25) can be purchased atTravelShows.com/shows/san-francisco-bay-area/. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge.
I know we have GPS on our phones or a handy device telling us where we are. But, do you know how to read a map? Some may have lost that skill.
That’s too bad. What if you’re in an area with no or poor cell phone coverage? What if your phone battery is dying?
Take out your map and figure out where you are. You’d be surprised at the number of people who can’t read a map. Can you?