“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Sunday September 24th 2017

‘Travel Advice’ Articles

Travel Planning Sites I Like

Travel Planning Sites I Like

Excellent list of travel planning sites from Jay Travels. Some of my favorites are Frommers, WikiTravel and the US State Department

How to use a Squat Toilet

How to use a Squat Toilet

So you think going to the rest room is the same across the globe? Think again! In many countries the Squat Toilet (also referred to as Natural Position Toilet) reigns supreme. Learn more about Squat Toilets.

Best Sites to Find Travel Deals

Best Sites to Find Travel Deals

The best sites for finding travel deals - whether hotels, flights or package deals at Jay Travels. Travel Agents versus Do-It Yourself Planning and International Travel sites are also discussed.

Planning an Itinerary

Planning an Itinerary

He who fails to plan, plans to fail! Planning an Itinerary is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. Here are all of the Tips & Tricks, advantages and goals for putting together a killer itinerary.

Getting Money Outside US – Currency Exchange

Getting Money Outside US – Currency Exchange

In order to buy things in other countries without using a credit or debit card – you’ll need to convert your currency. This Currency Conversion article offers a few Tips & Tricks for making your money work for you.

Understanding Visa Requirements

Understanding Visa Requirements

Always use the US State Department as the final resource for entry/exit requirements around the world. While travel guides and communication between friends may be easier – the database of record is the State Department. At the end of the day, you are responsible for obtaining the proper entry/exit credentials.

Tipping Etiquette When Traveling

Tipping Etiquette When Traveling

To be quite honest, I have been confused on a number of occasions about when and how much gratuity (tip) to a provide when traveling out of the country.  I learned pretty quickly that tipping is not necessary in some countries and in others, it is seen as a form of insult.  The purpose of

Do I need to learn a foreign language?

Do I need to learn a foreign language?

Well, the short answer is – it depends. Becoming fluent in the local is helpful, I wouldn't say mandatory. But if you choose wisely, overall you'll interact better, stay safer, save money and likely enjoy yourself more during your travels.

Making Calls While Overseas

Making Calls While Overseas

When traveling overseas, we generally take good care in packing whatever we need to make the experience as familiar as possible – whether its toothpaste, laptop, or our camera.  One component that isn’t so easy to bring along is our mobile phone – both for technological and budgetary reasons. It can be useful having a

Share your Travel Experiences

Share your Travel Experiences

Although this site is primarily devoted to my personal travel experiences, it is not necessarily exclusive of my own travels.  The goal of this site is educate and expand the horizons of those interested in learning more about the world. While I’ve traveled to a few places (and hope to get to a lot more),

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