Tip #1 — Never get sick again
Tip #2 — The magic of earplugs
Tip #3 — Four road food rules of thumb
Tip #4 — The rule of HAHU
Tip #5 — More hygiene!
Tip #6 — Staying connected
Tip #7 — Zipping through security lines
Tip #8 — One thing you should never do in a hotel room
Tip #9 — The secret(s) to beating jet lag

13 Responses to “Pink Travel Tip #10: The first thing you should buy”

  1. LOVE IT! You’re so right on with these tips and you’re funny, too. Thanks for taking the time to post these while on vacation.
    Enjoy Madrid – hope you got to El Rastro!

  2. Heath Row says:

    Spot on, Dan. Traveling overseas is also a good reason to read the International Herald Tribune, which is basically repackaged New York Times and Washington Post articles (actually, that joint ended in 2002 or something). Unnecessary stateside, but, oh, so romantic and wordly when abroad.

  3. Nice, next tips should be about hydration and how to sleep on a plane.

  4. Jeff says:

    This IS a good tip. Thx.

  5. Teeny Perez says:

    I love your video tips. They make your post interesting and fun to read. I look forward to the next one. I plan on doing some traveling real soon. I now know to carry the local paper to avoid looking like the cliche tourist.

  6. Leslie Juvin says:


    You crack me up. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout this short video. Great tips. You’re right for number one. It reminds me of my French father in law, Patrick, who walks to the corner brasserie or news stand every morning for the paper no matter where in the world he is. I’ll have to talk to him about his habit while we’re on vacation in Cavalaire next week.


  7. I have recently broken the expectation my children have of me to bring home a gift after every business trip. The next time I do bring something home for them, however, I will remember to wrap it in the local newsprint. They will probably like that as much as the foreign coins they hoard.

    Nice tip. Since you have given me ten, I’ll give you one: I always bring my TomTom. (GPS navigator) The car rentals will charge by the day to rent one, and I am sure you can appreciate how many strange hands have touched the ones they rent out. My nav is less than 1 lb in weight, and takes less room than a small paperback in my carry-on.

  8. poetgranny says:

    Dan, I just discovered you, via I loved the video on motivating people and plan to share it others. I also enjoyed your travel tips and got a huge kick out of your newspaper gift wrap idea at the end. I just did a post on that same topic, although my story was not so cosmopolitan as yours

    I will be reading your stuff! Thanks!

  9. davide says:

    aha ha … i look like a hostage. funny.
    i heard your speech in london once and i liked what you shared with us on creativity. thank you!

  10. “Appearing as a local” is a pretty interesting off-shoot of having a newspaper under your arm. Something I didn’t consider. Thanks for offering this! 🙂

    With Love and Gratitude,


  11. Wow, hilarious. Good to know your creative side is alive and well. Keep ’em coming! Bill Donius

  12. Richard Schad says:

    Dan – Great tips. This one on getting the local paper is one I always follow when outside the US. I have also found that if a flight attendant on an international flight offers you a choice of newspapers, pick the one in the language of the airline. I still recall the first time I selected Le Monde on Air France and received great kindness from both the staff and my seat neighbor.

  13. Joy says:

    Hmmm, I somehow don’t think that buying a local newspaper on my upcoming trip to Beijing is going to make me look any more like a local!