The Internet offers up a wealth of information on pretty much any topic known to man. Google the words 'Travel Tips' and you'll get a whopping 185,000,000 hits.
Narrow your search by typing 'Destination Specific Travel Tips' and guess what? The number increases to 201,000,000 hits!
You could spend countless hours weeding through all THAT information, or do what I do.
Go to Twitter.
Yeah, that's right. Twitter.
So, I put it out there. In Twitterville. For the experts to weigh in.
And here is the result.
Destination Specific Travel Tips. Courtesy of Twitter.
@Margit11 : When in Frankfurt,Germany have a look at the Palmengarten, a beautiful, huge Botanical Garden right in the centre of town.
@CiaoLaura : Traveling around by train? Be sure to validate your in one of the yellow boxes on the wall at the station – if you don't, you risk a fine once on board the train. (Note - do not need validation; however, it will not do any harm if you do accidentally stamp these tickets).
@Travelwriticus : Use the panorama lift at the Karlskirche in Vienna
@karenbryan : If you need to refuel your rental car at the Pisa airport, which is unmanned and doesn't accept credit cards, my advice is to leave lots of extra time and carry a good supply of 20, 10 and 5 euro notes.
@santafetraveler : Traveling to SantaFe? We are high and dry. Drink LOTS of water and be sparing with alcohol and caffeine until you adjust.
@wheninrometours : Always use the Via dei Fori Imperiali ticket booth to buy Colosseum tickets in Rome. Never a line!
@italylogue : Do drink the tap water in Venice. It saves you and the city some money and saves the environment (no pesky plastic water bottles floating in the canals)!
@BetsyM : Before boarding the subway, in Chicago, study the map well. Most lines make a loop through the downtown area, which tends to confuse non-locals. This means at some points, the subway will only run one direction. So you might have to board a south-bound train in order to go north, be
cause you're catching it in the middle of the Loop. Also, during rush hour, some trains cut out several stops and run "express." Express trains are marked, so double check before you board. Lastly, on purchasing transit cards: Machines do not give change. If all you have is a $20, you will have to buy a $20 worth of credit. And even if you have enough credit for multiple people, two people can not share a card. If using the same transit card, the turnstile will not let one person in immediately after another.
@MissExpatria : Learn the foreign terms for any of your allergies and how to ask about it. Also, have "I am allergic to-" written down on a card.
@travelchic74 : Never put Paris metro ticket next to Blackberry case (with magnet inside). Makes the tickets not work!
@Journeywoman : There's an amazing little 'hole in the wall' shop in New York City's Chinatown that sells only dumplings –five sizzling fresh, hot, dumplings for $1. The shop with a sign' Fried Dumpling' in NY over the door is situated at 106 Mosco St. It's bare bones but very clean and minimalist. They have four or five stools at a small counter (if you're lucky enough to get a seat). The dumplings are served in square styrofoam boxes with a plastic fork. This is one of the greatest deals in the City. Also, what makes it fun is how the woman serving the dumplings demands the $1 up front before serving up the wonderful treat. Cash only!
@EffieDelimarkos : Stroll the back roads of old Monterrosso al Mare in Cinqueterra and stop at La Smorfia for some of the best pizza north of Naples.
@JennMartino : Explore the myriad of museums that Paris has to offer on the 1st Sun of every month, when all museums are free.
@quirkytraveller : Visit the American Bookshop, The Globe Bookstore, in Prague to meet locals and travellers – great coffee, films and Bohemian champagne!
Now, it's your turn to weigh in!
Have a Destination Specific Travel Tip to share? Please leave it in the comments.
And if you visit any of these good people on Twitter, please tell them who sent you.
And speaking of visiting, now it's time for you visit Cherrye for your double-dose of Travel Tips this Tuesday!