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Giulia Cian Seren

January 29 · Issue #4 · View online
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Hello and Happy Lunar New Year! 
There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sound of a dragon dance happening in the lobby of your building. 
Hoping that the year of the Rooster brings prosperity, health and happiness to all of you - this email includes useful tips on how to make your angbao money last longer. I’m pretty bad at making financial decisions when it comes to tea so I’ll share my tricks about travelling instead. You know I’m more reliable when it comes to that. 
Feel free to ask me anything or share this email with a friend who needs to travel more this year ;)
Disclaimer: some of the links are referrals, which means you get a discount and I get a discount too.

My favourite apps
Google Trips: to keep your flight and hotel booking available offline + bookmark restaurants and sights you want to visit. It also includes basic knowledge about the city (e.g. best way to reach the airport). 
Grabr: earn some $$ to deliver products that are not available in your destination country. E.g. bring some mortadella to Giulia in Singapore. 
Hipmunk - Kiwi.com: these are the best websites to find cheap flights with reasonable connections.  Includes low cost carriers. 
MyCape: buy standby tickets. This service promises cheaper tickets (up to -70% off) if you buy them less than 24h before a flight. E.g. a flight is leaving tonight for Japan from Milano and it’s only 250€. 
Foursquare: because I still think Tripadvisor is not reliable: too many  tourists’ reviews. 4sq is mostly used by locals, similar to Yelp.  
Airbnb: (26€ off your next trip by clicking on the link) when you travel by yourself or with one other person hotels are often cheaper, yes. There are great choices for groups and landlords often offer discounts for long term stays. Plus, you can rent your own treehouse or camper van or tent. 
Hopper: tells you the best moment to buy flights for a specific destination.
General tips
Or “The 7 commandments of smart travel”
1. No neck pillows (unless you’re sick or you have an inflatable one).
2. Don’t check luggage - there are washing machines outside of your house, too. Plus, you’re decreasing the risk of delays and hassles. 
3. Sign up for an airline (+credit card) loyalty programme and take advantage of it. Hello, free tickets! 
4. Only carry what you can lift! When you’re carrying your stuff on your back you’ll think twice before taking 20kg of clothes for a week of holiday. Use a backpack or duffel bag instead of a trolley - it’ll be easier to walk around cities, too.
5. Travel with an empty plastic bottle/teamug. Refill after security checks. 
6. If you’re flying, research your destination and transit airports on Sleeping In Airports - so you know where you can sleep, eat, charge your phone before you get there. 
7. No matter how high your passport ranks, keep in mind that other countries are not designed for your own comfort. Learn how to say thank you in the local language and treat everyone with respect. 
Bonus: bring candies to flight attendants and you’ll be their favourite passenger. Also, most likely person to get an extra serving of ice-cream. 
Travel stories
2 Friends, 8 Months, 86 Cities – RICE
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World by Pico Iyer — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
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