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  1. Ankur
    11/17

    Dear Christine
    A nice post about travel secrets . I see that your blog is about travel. I want to share some info with you. Citymedia foundation(http://citymediafoundation.org) has launched http://www.city.vi , a network of 68,000 city specific video sites, where you can share videos about cities and regions across the world. like for Paris videos you can visit http://Paris.vi . You can also find out about other cities that you are interested . Hope to see you there

  2. Paul
    10/25

    Pretty much sums up my default travel style. Two minor exceptions though. First is sometimes I walk to the edge of town, climb a short ways up a mountain to a lookout point and camp if its summer and theres no available “budget” accom.

    Second, and big one is that I practise point #2 for maps as well. For me, everything’s digital. I literally pull up Google (intl.) or Naver/Daum (Korea) maps, mark where I want to go and take a photo of the screen. Done. Quick and easy. The very act of that usually ensures I’ll remember where the heck I’m going without the map anyway (so battery loss is no biggie). No PC on the move? Hit up a net cafe. Plus, I’m freed from the discretionary shackles of what some half-baked tour operator or tourist information worker (who has never actually spoken to a real live tourist) has deemed actually map-worthy.

    Same goes with tourist map boards at the site etc. Snap a photo. The zoom feature on replay mode is more than sufficient to read the captured text.

  3. Alan
    10/21

    when looking for someplace specific i would google map it. or in the case of korea daum map it and then snap a picture with subway station, exit and location of the place. and it is great because the maps include the little quicke marts that are littered everywhere to use as landmarks. =)

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/21

      @Alan: Good one! Thanks for mentioning it – Daum Map— it’s in Korean & still a bit alien to me, but if you know Hangul it’s an awesome resource!Google is U.S. friendly (it sometimes finds difficulty locking places abroad)– when it does lock on a location, you’ll get stuff like Korean subway stations or landmarks; I’m always grateful for that! Google Earth is also a good one to use. It has pictures and the 3D aspect can be helpful in locating visual aspects of buildings. Once used it to plot my walk to a hostel in Thailand- very helpful 😉

  4. Gray
    10/13

    Good stuff! I especially love #2. It’s something that hadn’t occurred to me until within the past year, and true enough, it’s good to take pictures of things like schedules or where you car is parked. Also, if you’re venturing into new territory and want to be able to find your way back, taking pictures of street signs is like sprinkling bread crumbs for the return journey.

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/15

      @Gray: Thanks. Yeah, these weren’t my power secrets but ones I’ve found incredibly handy in getting around recently. I use them more and more when I travel these days.

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/15

      @Gray: Thanks. Yeah, these weren’t my power secrets but ones I’ve found incredibly handy in getting around recently. I use them more and more when I travel these days. Can’t wait to see what your top 3 are!

  5. Matt
    10/11

    Nice blog. where do most waygook hang out in Daegu? I heard of place called Sinae, is that correct?

  6. Steve the QiRanger
    10/08

    One of my best travel secrets is… FORGET ABOUT IT! It’s true. Many people stress over packing. I say forget about it. Pack what you need, and if you forget about it, no worries. There’s nothing you can’t purchase on the road (except medication in some cases).

    A second trick is to bring an external drive. While out on the road for multiple days, I find it extremely helpful to organize photos and videos if I can pull them off the cameras at the end of each day and organize them on a disk. Then, when I return home, I have a much easier time posting blogs or creating videos.

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/10

      @Steve: Thanks for your tips. I like the Forget About it Tip! It’s so true– we stress too much over packing. As for the external drive tip, that’s something I’m always reluctant to try (i’ve already had 2 HD’s die on me & I didn’t treat it anywhere near rugged), though I will have to start using one for longer travels. Is there a particular brand you find can handle heavy knocks? BTW–Keep up the great video work– do you shoot that all by yourself?

  7. Rosco Gray
    10/08

    Hi Christine:

    I like your 3 travel secrets, I will use them…It was good reading!

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/08

      @Rosco: Hey Rosco, thanks so much for dropping by for a read and leaving a comment! Don’t always get to hear from you. How’s it going for you?

  8. Chris in South Korea
    10/08

    That’s a great idea about mapping it out – it also helps if you’re the sort of person that navigates by cardinal directions (Go east for a kilometer, then look for the big road and turn south).

    BTW, you forgot to tag three people to continue the meme :)

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/08

      @Chris: Whuh? I tagged 5 bloggers. Well, maybe I should go back and tag them more formally in my post…not just on Facebook! I just went back to your site and realized you mentioned jjimjilbangs. Drat. Do I have to change mine or can I keep it?

      As for the mapping it, yeah,… it’s good for road map backups. God knows the GPS always go crap at some point & you’re wishing you’d MapQuested it! But I actually used that map for my trip to Jeju Island and getting around by bus! LOL.

  9. Ian
    10/08

    Wow…! Great tip!! They are also used outside of Korea, except jjimjilbang. Im proud of it!!!

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/08

      @Ian: glad you find them useful! I appreciate your dropping by and commenting. =-)

  10. Cornelius Aesop
    10/08

    I’ve never stayed the night at a love motel but I might take advantage of one in tokyo if it is cheaper than a hostel, there’s nothing stating you have to have someone in there with you. Although I’ve known of a few travelers who had too much to drink and lost their bairings and ended up staying at a love motel until they sobered up.

    I’m definitely going to take tip number #2 on my next trip though. Thanks for the future time saver.

    • Christine Ka’aloa
      10/08

      @Cornelius Aesop: Aahh… travel monkey, I didn’t think to tag you at the time, drat! I’m sure you would’ve had some awesome tips. Yeah, not sure if Tokyo love motels will be as cheap as they are in Korea or as nice. Hope you blog it if you do it. Friends also mentioned staying at a time capsule hotel or if you really had to budget it, a PC bang! Japan is something I’m considering in the near future just because it’s so close.

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