23 Little-Known Travel Secrets That Every Wanderer Should Know

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Helpful hints!

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I asked 23 well-traveled people for their ultimate voyaging secret — the thing that even the amateur traveler should know about — and here is what they told me.

1. Josh, 24

When it comes to lodging, Location > Price. Staying on the outskirts of town will never be as good an idea as it seems — you’ll pay a lot more in transportation and wasted time. Not to mention, there are countless other unforeseen variables that could end up costing you significantly more than the extra 15 Euro it would’ve cost to stay in the heart of the city.

2. Sandy, 28

Always give directions to a taxi driver as if you’re bored and have done this 5,000 times. You run the risk of having them drive you around in circles if they can tell that you’re a tourist and don’t know any better.

3. Casey, 31

If you…

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Lost my Head in San Francisco


San Francisco just might be my favorite city in the U.S.A

I’ve never lived in the city, always the suburbs, but I would love to experience the life!

Traveling isn’t just for seeing different sites, but also to experience different ways of living, and that could be as simple as living in a big city vs. the suburbs.

We started our adventure in Chinatown, where the hustle and bustle nature  felt new and familiar.


The smell of authentic Chinese food made my mouth water instantly; I was taken back to the market streets in China where I would get breakfast with my mom. The building designs and street decorations were pleasant to the eye, and the abundance of people kept things interesting.

We decided to challenge the famous hills of SF by going on foot from Chinatown to Pier 39. This was my favorite part; we wondered away from the tourist areas where it was literally just my family and I on the street. There were some breathtaking views…

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San FranciscoA little surprise was presented to us on our journey to the Pier. As we were admiring some Italian-looking architecture, we discovered a little park called Jack Early Park. This quaint park composed of a flight of shaded stairs to a high view of the pier.

San FranciscoFinally, we made our way to Pier 39 where the sea of people engulfed us into their waves of different languages and backgrounds. We decided to take a Blue & Gold Fleet boat tour called Bay Cruise Adventure. We touched on some major sights such as Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Golden Bridge, and the majestic skyline of San Francisco.

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If you can’t tell, the fog played a huge role in the photo modeling. Also, although it is June i.e. summer, it was freezing. But hey, adds to the charm.

The rest of the day included hanging out with the barking sea lions and sampling through Fisherman’s Wharf.

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From the famous attraction sights to the small charming neighborhoods, San Francisco never fails to leave me in wonder!

The Golden State, California


Waking up at 4:30am in the morning isn’t my favorite thing to do, but when the reason is to go to California, I am willing to not sleep at all!

The flight across the country took a whopping 6 hours, but the beautiful view from my window kept me company.

IMG_1264 IMG_1277 IMG_1282My family and I arrived in Sacramento around noon. While retrieving our rental car, we made small talk with a couple heading to a wedding. I mentioned my observation on how yellow it was everywhere, and the wife stated “Welcome to the Golden State!” I thought that was the perfect welcoming to the wonderful California!