TMBA 411: The 10 Commandments of Travel Revisited

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Over the years, Dan and Ian have spent a lot of time on this show talking about travel.

One particular episode called The 10 Travel Commandments resonated quite a bit with our listeners.

So, we thought it would be fun to revisit some of the concepts discussed and talk about how Dan and Ian’s travel philosophies have changed in the last five years.

You’ll also hear tips, tricks, and essential strategies on how to make any trip a successful one.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Dan has recently started breaking the first travel commandment. (4:58)
  • What to do about your home when you travel. (12:59)
  • How to use your travel time in productive ways. (18:19)
  • What you can learn from taking local tours. (20:45)
  • Why you shouldn’t feel obligated to do specific things when you travel. (26:33)

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Published on 10.19.17
  • Totally agree on the tours! I did a walking tour my first day in Lisbon, and not only did I learn some fascinating stuff, but I ended up with a much better sense of the city, so it was easier to explore it on my own later.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Airbnb’s relatively new “experiences” feature – they’re like small workshops or tours led by locals and experts. I haven’t tried them yet, but they seem like a good way to quickly find opportunities to do something unique/different:

    Backpacks vs. rolling luggage: I’ve been 100% team backpack for as long as I’ve been traveling, but I might be converting. The idea of having a roller and sparing my shoulders/back the burden is appealing, especially if I’ve stuffed my backpack to the max (I’m also guilty of not leaving space). Plus it’s not as big of a deal to me anymore if I have to pay an extra fee to check the suitcase. I might shift to using a backpack for short trips and rolling suitcase for longer ones.

    Loved the point about not having to do specific things on your trips. When you’re an employee with only 2 weeks vacation, you do feel like you have to cram everything in since it might be your only chance… but for us, we can always extend the trip, come back later, etc. so why not enjoy it in whatever way we find most enjoyable?

  • Elizabeth T

    Nice piece with some good pieces of updated advice. A few services that are worth a mention (I’m not affiliated with them in any way – I just find them very useful for maintaining an easy location-independent lifestyle and income):

    – Money transfers: Transferwise and Revolut are amazing and have absolutely removed / reduced our financial travelling headaches. Transferwise allows international transfers with only a small fee and at mid-market exchange rates. Just in the past few months we’ve used it for transfers to the US, Hong Kong, Spain and India with zero hassle. Revolut is a British-based company that offers a world-wide debit card that pays from your own bank account but again at the mid-market exchange rate. We now don’t exchange money at Bureau de Change rip-off stands, but instead take out money from an ATM with zero fees (because the ATM thinks it’s a local card) and then have money to spend. Amazing.

    – Housesitting: Trusted Housesitting is a huge global database of cool housesits. Disclaimer: I’ve never used it, but I do spend a lot of time looking and planning… ;-) They do have a small membership fee if you want to apply for a sit – I’ve not done that yet. Reviews are excellent though.

    – SIMs: Giff Gaff (again, a British SIM company, you can tell where I’m from) has incredibly cheap data, call and text rates for 20 countries. We used it a lot in Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. My husband and I travel with dual SIM phones, too, which makes it easy if you want to keep you existing number + a local SIM. The other option is a MiFi device that holds a dozen SIMs in it, so you always take it with you (assuming you are going to one of those countries!).

    Lastly, on a sillier note, the 20% free space in our bags is devoted to tea, our tea strainers and our travel gaiwan kit. Therefore, we roll (less crushable for the tea leaves!)… (Our travels are chronicled on if anyone is a fellow tea-head. :-) )

  • have not yet done the tours either ! for me it’s strange to see them there right in the same area i’m booking my rooms. on extended trips like i’m on now i always carry my normal backpacks as well in case i do weekends / visa runs /etc

  • great stuff thank you for the heads up!!! :D

  • Joel Runyon

    Great episode.

    One disagreement: The SIM card issue is VERY 5 years ago. Tmobile + Sprint both offer unlimited international data + texting plans (slow internet, but hey you don’t need to watch youtube when bouncing around Thailand). That plan + lets me ride right by the SIM card line after a 12-15 hour flight and head to my hotel while everyone else is fumbling over their sim card with jet-lagged dexterity. Plus with whatsapp + imessage, I can send text / facetime / call over the data anyways without needing to do international calls.

    Unless you need a specific carrier for some reason, the parity across all the major US carriers is pretty equal (and in some cases, I’ve noticed t-mobile is markedly better than AT&T). It’s nice to be able to visit 20+ countries and never have to worry about switching a SIM card or keeping track of what’s what.

  • Jane Beresford

    That advice is US specific though as the Tmobile international package is only available for US citizens. Tmobile for us Europeans is generally a poor and expensive service, in my experience. But – we do have the advantage of using our domestic phone plans throughout Europe with no additional ‘roaming’ charges now.

  • Joel Runyon

    True – but overall, the situation is MUCH better than it has been. Hopefully won’t be an issue on the next post about this 5 years from now :)

  • Pedro Carrion

    Good tips! I would only disagree with the lounge. Hanging out at the Admiral’s Club is a relaxing experience for me, although the food is never good. Just the quietness of the lounge coupled with comfy chairs and the ability to easily access a power outlet. It’s probably where I get the most done. Also, I’m currently typing this from the American Airlines Admiral’s Club at the Santa Ana airport right now!

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