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The best-ever book of travel tips - Curt Yeomans

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

If you had to travel light for a week, and only take a carry-on bag with you, could you do it?

I guess a better question is, would you know how to do it?

You probably could, if someone let you in on the dirty little secrets of better traveling.

And, oh by the way, there is such a source to find out all of these little secrets, and it would make a great gift for the traveler in your family.

It’s this little, 104-page book, called “Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.” I recently picked it up from Target, whose web site has its price listed as $6.79.

I wouldn’t pay much attention to the bit on the web site where it says the book is not available in stores, because I purchased it in a Target store, on the luggage aisle.

But, honestly, this book is a source of information about how to travel around the world, ranging from washing your clothes in the hotel sink, so you won’t have to carry as much clothing, to women deciding in the first-three seconds of meeting someone if they can trust them, to grabbing one of your hotel’s business cards, so you can show the address on it to a taxi driver when you are ready to return to the hotel.

Another tip that I personally like is the recommendation to be a member of a particular airline’s frequent flyer program. According to this book, if you are a member of, say, Delta’s SkyMiles program, and you have accumulated a lot of miles, it will increase your chances of getting a free upgrade on a Delta flight.

A good tip from this book that I would recommend is traveling by train overnight, to avoid the cost of a hotel room. Obviously, you would want to do this on a long train ride, and on a train that actually has sleeping compartments. I just like this recommendation because I think that would make for a cool story to tell your friends.

The people at Lonely Planet recommend not doing this for more than one night at a time, however, because they say it can eventually leave you looking nightmarish in the morning if you do this for two or more consecutive nights.

An interesting tip that I discovered is staying in a serviced apartment, rather than a hotel, because you can apparently get a three-star, or better, place to stay for the price of a not-so-great, hole-in-the-wall hotel room. Serviced apartments are apparently aimed at business travelers, so they have cooking and laundry facilities at your disposal.

There are tons more tips in this book, but I don’t want to give anymore away (somehow, I don’t think the folks at Lonely Planet would like me too much for doing that).

So, just go out and buy this book. It’s really not that expensive, and if you’re looking to get the best travel experience for your buck, this book will help you reach that goal.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.