The 5 people you meet while travelling

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Travelling just wouldn’t be the same without these colourful characters. The beauty of embarking on a sojourn is that you never really know what to expect. From the food you’ll eat, the sights you’ll see all the way down to the locations you accidentally stumble upon, each connection that you make is an adventure in its own right and this definitely applies to the people you’ll meet along the way.

From the eternally selfie-ing couple to the enthusiastic newbie who went overboard on the packing, your travels are bound to put you in contact with a host of unforgettable personalities who will forever be ingrained in your memories.

See if you recognise any of them in the list below and should this inspire you to get back out on the road or finally embark on that trip you’ve been planning for so long, remember to first check out Saleduck travel to snag the best deals on flight tickets, tours, accommodation and more great travel offers!

The Frat Bros
These guys have devoted their lives to bicep building and crushing beer cans with their forehead. Identify them by their board shorts, muscle tanks, tribal tattoos and bloodshot eyes cultivated from months of killing it at beer pong at the local bars of the cities they’re currently cruising through. Loud and boisterous, they travel in packs and are unlikely to turn down an invite to the next Full Moon festival (heck, it’s probably the reason why they’re here in the first place) where they are likely to show up in neon body paint and a surplus of glow sticks. Mostly to jab one another in the eye with after pre-gaming it at the hostel prior to turning up at the festival.

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The Worldly Wanderer
This is the person who has been on the road for longer than they can remember and have become fully acclimated to their surroundings. By sustaining themselves financially on a healthy diet of volunteering, work exchanges and strategic penny pinching, they’ve given up the pursuits of air-conditioning and 800 thread count sheets to fully immerse themselves into discovering the many wonders Mother Earth has to offer. From having the local lingo down pat to knowing which back alley dishes out the best Phở you’ll ever have the pleasure of sampling, the Worldly Wanderer is an encyclopaedia of entertaining travel tales, helpful suggestions and enlightening information. Plus points if they’ve also mastered the ways of the bum gun.

The Technobohemian
Basically the Worldly Wanderer but armed with a plethora of different apps and tech devices. Don’t be deceived by the harem pants and faded tank because hidden away in that burlap tote bag he or she carries is an iPhone 7 loaded with mesmerizingly efficient and obscure travel applications that can map out an entire journey for you, aggregate the cheapest hostel prices, book tours, convert currency and track your water intake. Chances are this person is an under-the-radar digital nomad who has been quietly running their super-successful organic smoothie delivery business from a guesthouse in Cambodia over the last six months but whatever the outcome, you’ll usually walk away from an encounter with this individual a little bit more tech savvy then when you first came in.

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The Photographer
There’s always that one person who’s constantly whipping out their camera to capture everything that goes on. They’re the ones likely to almost get left behind during group expeditions while fiddling with the aperture setting on their DSLR and go missing from their bed at 5am in the morning to take pictures of the sunrise from the hill behind your hotel. Nothing escapes their lense and everything from a rowdy night out with other hostel guests that ended in you attempting to befriend a palm tree to breathtaking images of the temples of Thailand are stored in their Cloud. You sometimes want to snatch their camera away and beg them to just experience their surroundings but a lot of the time, you’re hankering after them to send you the images of yourself and your new buddy Jeff the palm tree.

The Enthusiastic Packer
The enthusiastic packer has overestimated exactly how many pairs of underwear he’s going to need and his luggage is nearly ripping at the seams from all the weight it’s carrying. And it’s a brand new piece of luggage. Guidebooks, hand sanitizers, toiletries and tent; there’s also a first aid kit shoved somewhere in between his raincoat and laptop charger. Over time the Enthusiastic Packer will evolve into the Deep Heat Diablo due to his reliance on pain relief rub to cope with the complimentary backaches he keeps getting from lugging around his bags. This will eventually lead to him giving away a fair supply of his belongings to fellow travellers in an attempt to lighten the load. The first thing to go will most likely be the bulk supply of hand sanitizers.

Have you met any of these colorful personalities on your travels? Or do you identify with any of them? Share your experience with us in the comments below 🙂

Four days in Ho Chi Minh City for USD112!

Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the bustling city located in the South of Vietnam. Known for its role in the Vietnam War as well as the influence the French Colonials had on this charming place has made it a popular destination for travellers and tourists alike.
If you’re looking for things to do and places to visit, do check out this holiday itinerary that would leave you with unforgettable memories once home.

Day 1: Half-day Ho Chi Minh Highlights City Tour, USD25

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Need a little help with getting acquainted with the city? This is for you! Learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum, visit the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, buildings left from French Colonial times.

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/8hYmAZ

Day 2: Street food tour with dinner, USD35

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Not sure what to eat or drink? Get a guide to introduce you to the mouthwatering favourites of Vietnam in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and eat as the locals do! Make sure you’ve worked up an appetite before heading on this tour.

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/xmFjHg.

Day 3: Mekong Delta tour including My Tho and Ben Tre, USD25

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Want a bit of an adventure? Take a boat cruise down the Mekong Delta where you will be able to see floating houses and local activities along the river. Think coconut tree canals, islets and authentic villages!

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/wv8cxT

Day 4: Cu Chi tunnels tour, USD18

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The Cu Chi tunnels is a network of underground tunnels used by the Vietnamese in the war as hiding spots during combat, supply routes, hospitals, weapon caches, and living quarters. Embark on this tour as you try to scurry through the maze of tunnels back in the day.

Find out more here: https://goo.gl/hsgfMl.

 

Sounds good? Click here if you would like to copy this holiday activity itinerary for an amazing time in Ho Chi Minh City!


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7 things you must have in your hand carry luggage for your flight

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Hand carry luggage space is precious as most airlines cap it somewhere between 7-8 KG (15-17lbs) and you should make the best of it, especially for long distance flights, long layovers and just in case you have an emergency. In the event of any of the mentioned, the last thing you want is to be grumbling at yourself at a lack of preparation so here it is: the seven things you must have in your hand carry:

1. Baby Wipes

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Both for the toddler and the adult who can’t seem to keep food off his shirt, baby wipes can be a life saver. Use it to save yourself a trip to the bathroom to wash your hands when you’re stuck in the window seat or to wipe down armrests and table trays which are reported to be amongst the dirtiest things on an airplane.

2. Dry snacks

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One of the most important things you can bring, dry snacks such as a protein bar, a small bag of trail mix or the chocolate bar can be a real life saver in situations when you are stuck in boarding gates or small airports with no access to cafes or restaurants. Just throw one or two rations in your hand carry and you will not need to worry about the potential tummy rumbling that may come from unexpected situations. This is especially important if you are travelling with kids.

3. Scarf

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As important as a towel in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the scarf is the multipurpose must have in your hand carry. Use it as a blanket, roll it to be used as a pillow or wrap it around your head when you are experiencing bed head after that long nap. One piece of cloth, many uses and you will be glad to have this one item with you, may it be in the terminal or during your flight.

4. Pen

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So you’ve gotten off the plane and now you have to fill in your immigration card and you’re left without a pen. The queues are filling fast and much to the resentment of a pen owner, you sheepishly ask if you can loan his/her pen. Don’t be that person! Bring your own pen, which will be much needed for instances like these. For good measure, bring along a notebook just in case you need to jot down something important.

5. A change of clothes

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For emergencies like delayed flights or missing check-in luggage, a clean change of clothes can be like that breath of fresh air you need after hours of sitting in the same clothes so do yourself a favour and pack everything from trousers, a top to the much needed clean underwear that you will need. Your mum will be so proud!

6. Toiletry kit

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Not exactly something you would need to worry about if you are travelling business or first class but for those in economy class or budget, it is almost imperative to have a toiletry kit with you. It gives you the chance to freshen up, wash you face, touch up that make up, brush your teeth, spritz a little cologne or perfume lest you come out of the plane looking like a hot mess. Just make sure you have the essentials like dental floss, toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, moisturiser, body spray, and for the ladies, basic makeup items.

7. Phone charger

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An absolute essential in today’s world, make sure you have your cable charger with you in your hand carry as many planes nowadays offer USB ports at your seat and sometimes a book or in-flight entertainment just does not cut it. For even better measure, purchasing an additional cable and keeping it in your hand carry as a backup for emergency situations is not exactly a bad idea.


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Travel hacks that you could use on your holiday [Infographic]

Being away from home can be difficult at times but it does not have to be devastating. With all the right tips and tricks, your holiday can be smooth sailing all the way, until your flight home.

The people at Baltic Travel Company  were kind enough to share 21 of their travel hacks with us. Keep these in mind when you travel to optimise on your holiday’s enjoyability!

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People you’ll meet on your travels

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You’ll meet many different faces and characters on your travels. Some acquaintances will leave lasting impressions, the people that you meet on you travels, sharing their stories and life experiences with you it really broadens your mind and you’ll get to learn new things too. Here are 6 types of people you’ll see on your travels.

Their signature pose for each holiday

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Travelling with your partner is always an exciting and fun way to make new memories together. For photographers Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks found an interesting way of documenting their travel memories together (as illustrated in the photo above). Click here to view more photos of these two love birds travelling escapades.

Vegan- friendly restaurants in the US

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When it some to American cuisine the first thing that pops to mind are burgers, hot dogs and fries, typical but true. One might think that this is hardly a place for vegans to find scrumptious vegetarian cuisine in a country where meat dishes dominate menus from diners to 5 star restaurant, but fret not here is a list to help shortlist the scavenger hunt for the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the US.

A private Balinese affair

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What’s better than a beautiful pool at a hotel? Your own private but still beautiful pool when you’re staying at a hotel of course! Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It’s perfect if you’re shy and don’t want the rest of the people at the resort to see you in your bathing suit.
  • When you’re on a romantic getaway with your partner and want some privacy 😉
  • You won’t have to worry about noisy kids running around the poolside disrupting you while you’re enjoying a relaxing sunbath.

With all that’s said and done you may have the impression that hotel rooms with private pools are expensive but hey hey … before you start writing them off we are here to help you find affordable travel experiences that comes with private pools. Here are the top 8 pool villas that won’t break the bank.

Bali bound

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If you’re planning a trip to Bali why not try something that is little different from the standard beach side hotel, after all Bali has more to offer than just beautiful beaches. Here are some unique hotels in Bali that will make your Balinese travel experience an unforgettable one. There’s an African themed hotel and even home made entirely out of bamboo, hows that’s for a travel experience 😉

Passengers from hell

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Long airplane rides on it’s own can be a real pain, add in these passengers from hell into the equation and it makes for a recipe for a very unpleasant journey. Let’s just hope we don’t run into any of these passengers during our next plane ride 😉