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What do you wish you'd known?

18 Jul 2007 ashleightara asked

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I'm curious to know what ppl wish they'd known before they went on their trips, and only discovered afterwards...

For example,
Did you miss something in a town you wish you'd known about?
Did you pack something, and never used it?
Did you NEED something you didn't pack and had to go in search of it?

In particular, looking for different advice to what is already available on the board...share you experience so others can learn from you 'mistake'.

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  • 20 Jul 2014 AussieSteph said

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    I’m doing The Escape tour through europe at the end of September and i was wondering how much spare time i will have in each city? I plan on doing all the optional extras, but after that will there be time to explore on our own?

  • 14 Aug 2014 Samantha said

    Samantha

    These posts are so helpful, but most of them seem to be about Europe. I am doing the Big Walkabout with Sailing. Does anyone have any tips for travelling in Australia or has anyone been on this trip? Must have’s, do’s and see’s?

    Thanks!

  • 12 Nov 2014 TravelChickDiaries said

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    I did a Contiki tour quite some time ago and documented my entire trip – from accommodations to restaurants to attractions and more! Here is my Contiki Video Diaries pt. 1 travelchickdiaries.com

  • 14 Jan 2015 Bernie said

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    IM doing European adventurer and wondering about using an iron especially for places like Monaco did places have irons or is it worth bringing a cheap one that you can just ditch before you come home from contiki?

  • 14 Jan 2015 Alana said

    Alana

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend bringing an iron at all, unless it’s a travel one, but even then… It’s not worth it, it’d just be heavy and will eat into your luggage weight allowance. If you’re staying in hotels, they should pretty much all have one, but I don’t really know about hostels or campsites.

  • 14 Jan 2015 Bernie said

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    weight would prob be fine cos id put all heavy stuff in my carry on anyway and then before i go home dump it in the bin.
    Just wondering what other people on similar tours did staying in a mix of cabins and stopover which im assuming is mostly hostels and contiki villages

  • 16 Jan 2015 Carly said

    Carly

    As i first time traveler, i think i was a little paranoid and packed useless shit i didn’t require..
    - brought a bum bag ( never used it, so many people make security a issue (it is but if you use your brain you will be sweet)
    - took a backpack t(hat was hard to pack). nearly missed the bus from venice as i woke up still intoxicated, ended up carying clothes to try and make it onto the bus.
    - so many people has suitcases ! definitely a better option
    - took like so many winter clothes and the only cold place was switerland. ( look at the weather)
    - packed a sleeping bag for one place, when realistically you don’t sleep ( wait till the coach) or realistically sleep with a new friend
    - ended up dumping clothes in hostels as i had no room for goodies i purchased.

    THINGS TO PACK
    - i didn’t pack heels (PACK HEELS) or you will end up losing your sandals and end up having to wear vans into clubs…
    - STRAIGHTNER – i didn’t as i thought i would be okay roughing it.. but take one !
    - travel diary !!! – i wrote down as much i could and I’m so glad i did !!!

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