travel tips

Tips from the last two years of traveling especially in Asia.

Planning
Most travel expectations are different than reality. Leave some room for improv. Consider going in low season to some places. It might be cheaper, less crowded and easier to wing some booking. Use Lonely Planet, Instagram, & other guides to find places you want to see but don’t over commit.

Insurance
Plans from World Nomads be useful for situations due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, petty theft up to $1k but typically most will not cover a cancellation due to change of plans etc... You will need to browse other plans like TCP for professional gear coverage

Money
Have a backup situation! Carry cards from different banks and store them in separate places. If you lose one you can transfer money to other easily.  I prefer ATMs over exchange kiosks. Be careful for pin scams. TransferWise is a great solution for a 2nd money source with free intl debt card + fast & cheap intl bank transfers.

Water
If I had a top 5 travel tips one would be to drink enough water. Get a water bottle and use it. Feeling sluggish and tired will kill your travel vibe. Really helpful to have something around 20-30oz on a long flight. 

Food
“If you see it, eat it.” Eat street food. Go with your gut on food safety but don’t over judge it. When ordering food remember that just because you order a “salad” doesn’t mean it will be a salad. This rule applies to EVERYTHING. 

Phone
A backup battery is a must. I prefer FaceTime audio for calls for the quality. If you plan to use foreign SIM cards unlock your phone one week before your trip. Google Fi has a good unlimited data plan that works in most countries.

Culture
Learn some language: Hello, thank you, delicious. Being able to ask "what's your name" is always a good icebreaker. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. When in doubt concede.

Lodging
Agoda.com is great in Asia. Essentially same company as booking.com but I prefer Agoda's interface & process. Filter by their community rating system (8+) not the 1-5 stars. AirBNB can sometimes be more of a hassle especially upon depature when wanting to leave luggage to finish exploring a city.

Taxis
Use taxi lines and always ask for the meter to avoid overcharging. It's best to have the address you’re going to written in the native language, especially in places like Korea or Japan.

Music
Big headphones are clunky travel shit. Make sure to download your playlists offline.

Scooters
If you aren't confident don't rent them. Wear a helmet. Travel insurance usually does NOT cover scooter accidents. 

Notes
Keep a tiny notebook. Having all Airline information in an offline setting, outside of email, is less stressful. Apple notes works great especially synched. Google Trips has a nice littel app for organizing plans.

Flights
Cheap flights do exist but it takes work to find some or you have to be willing to travel on flexible dates. I use a combination of Momondo, Kayak, Skyscanner, & Google Flights. 

Reserve Budget
Travel plans change and things emerge while traveling that you weren’t expecting. Maybe you want to stay one more night in one location or a flight is canceled from weather. It helps if you have a reserve budget for these situations.

Two Day Rule
Generally I try to stick to a 2 day rule before switching locations. It always sucks to check into a hotel and have to leave in the morning. And most places take longer then 24hrs to get an idea of what they are like.

Camera
Use something that makes documenting your trip easy and fun. A pocket sized camera always works and is less distracting. Ricoh GR II is a great, affordable, pocket camera.

 

advice from friends etc...

VacationAlways stay an extra day

PsychedelicsIf they come to kill you, let them

Comedyis always best when inadvertently performed by the unsuspecting

DecisionsJump and the universe will catch you

MenstruationWomen have the gift of the blood which carries with it the power of a superhuman emotional insight to men and meaning of the dark side of life and the dark side of the moon. They're to be both feared and revered during menstruation because while they seem out of control they are also receiving instinctual psychic messages. We've effectively trained them into thinking the messages are just crazy medical hormonal emotion with no other meaning so usually they just feel bad later for raggin but the truth is they feel shit, deep psychic primal messages and it makes em nuts. Just beware the blood man, be your best then cuz when she's bleeding shes seeing souls and phantoms.

GoalsMake sure to write them down and hang them where you can see them

DestinyFind your own river and float the fuck out of it

BedsSex on a featherbed is like jogging in sand

DreamsPractice your dreams

Scentis all about perception, perception is deceptively detailed and nuanced

mixtapes

Mixtapes I've constructed over the years

Serious About Books One of my favorite mixtapes. All oldies from The Zombies to the Platters. The best era where all the music was either about falling in or falling out of love. ↳ Mp3

Rio's Night Out This is the story and soundtrack of Rio's night out. Follow Rio as he dazzles women in his summer affairs, starting at the infamous La Mansion Del Leo and ending on Rio's yacht. ↳ Mp3

Joshua Tree Comprised of songs that filled a Joshua Tree weekend with friends during the Perseid Meteor Shower 2013. In the words of my friend Brassell, "use headphones liberally". America and Richard Hawley to Gram Parsons and ELO. ↳ Mp3

Book of Matches A little after hours mix to bring some fire to your party. Get cozy to some Delfonics, Sebastien Tellier and the Delegation. ↳ Mp3

Runaway Vintage treasures. Some rare cuts and standards. Del Shannon, Roger Rodier, The Sundowners. ↳ Mp3

Wolfcast 1 Spring tunes. First version of the Wolfcast series. Herbie Handock, Prince, Jensen Sportag, Erlend Oye, Calivin Harirs, Klaxons, Junior Senior, Annie. ↳ Mp3

Wolfcast 2 Part 2 of the Wolfcast: Mission Accomplished Iraq. Modjo, Supermal, Ususi Fantasia, Casco, The Presets, Kelly Polar, Ronnie James, Falco, Slang, Alex Gopher. ↳ Mp3

Wolfcast 3 Part 3 of the Wolfcast. The Buggles, New Musik, Breakbot, Ladyhawke, The Similou, Tigercity, Walter Meego, CSS, The Twelves, Anorakk, Sneaky Sound System. ↳ Mp3