Tiplr is the travel platform where a community of smart travelers all around the world create and share the best travel tips. This is the 1st edition of the Best Travel Tip Award. Our panel of travel experts voted and chose the top travel tip for 2018. Dozens of travel bloggers, backpackers, local experts, and professional content creators submitted their great tips over the last few months.

LAOS

BEST TRAVEL TIP 2018
Cruise Down The Mekong For Only $10 (+ free drink)

One of the must-dos while in Luang Prabang, Laos, is to cruise down the mighty Mekong River during sunset. While you may be able to negotiate a cheap cruise directly from a local…

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CARLA + GUIL | TRAVEL 🌎 (United States)

Carla and Guil are a Brazilian/American couple who left their full-time jobs in Miami for a trip around the world in August 2017. They traveled together for 10 months to Europe, South America and Southeast Asia, creating a travel blog and Instagram along the way. Now they’re back on U.S. soil and have returned to the grind — in New York City, nonetheless!

UNITED STATES

Hike in Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”

Everyone knows about the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but less famous is southwest Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Providence Canyon State Park has a canyon made up of clay, loam, and sand, and was formed from erosion from 19th century agricultural practices…

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CRYSTAL ANDERSON (United States)

If there is one thing Crystal is truly passionate about, it is traveling. She has visited 34 states in the USA and has explored 39 countries on 6 continents! Getting married and having a baby hasn’t slowed her down either, as her husband shares this passion. On her blog, CandieTravels, she documents how she makes the most of every vacation hour she gets while traveling on a budget.

INDIA

Kausani. A Little-Known Place Carrying the Holy Memories of Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi called Kausani the “Switzerland of lndia”because of the similarity in landscapes. Kausani is a hill station and a large village situated in Bageshwar district in the Indian state Uttarakhand…

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NANDIKA SARKAR (India)

Nandika is from West Bengal, India and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English at Visva Bharati University. Her hobbies include exploring new places, singing, writing and reading poems, story books and novels. Although she is newer to writing she enjoys it very much and wants to follow in the footsteps of famous and respected writers around the world.

TUNISIA

Tunis, the Starting Point of your Tunisian Experience

Capital and biggest city of Tunisia, Tunis represents the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the North African culture for a day or two. Not too touristic (like Marrakech, Morocco), with a touch of modernity…

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MICHAEL LEMORT (France)

Michael is a life long traveler from Paris who studied animal biology and journalism. He works as a freelance journalist and in tourism and hospitality. Previous he has lived in Sydney and New York City, and has traveled extensively to off the beaten path locations. He has spent the last few months in Mexico, the Bahamas, and Peru, and is off to Argentina next!

GERMANY

Places for a Currywurst in Berlin

Typical snack from Berlin, since the post-war times. Those cheap snacks to eat in the middle of the day before a meal, or while having a beer. It costs €1,50 – €2,00 in most of the places…

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ANDRE´ FERNANDES (Brazil)

Andre is originally from Brazil and is a traveler and travel blogger in his free time. He has lived in 6 countries and traveled to another 20. He works with travel startups on copywriting, partnerships and business development. Sharing travel tips is one of his favorite hobbies and he is passionate about exercise, books, coffee, beaches, and trying local food and drinks.

OMAN

The Narnia of Canyons

If you’re in Muscat for a few days, be sure to drive south to Wadi Shaab – this is one canyon you do not want to miss. Wadi Shaab is full of surprises, with the best surprise saved until the last…

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ALESSANDRA ANZANTE (United Kingdom)

Alessandra is from London but is currently living in the north of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a surprisingly great place for an outdoor life, and when she’s not in the classroom battling local schoolchildren, she enjoys swimming, climbing and making the most of Ras al Khaimah and the surrounding areas.

MOROCCO

COMMUNITY VOTE WINNER 2018
Chefchaouen. The Blue City

This has to be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to, Morocco’s not-so-secret-anymore spot. Located in the hills of Northern Morocco, Chefchaouen is home to the bluest city I’ve ever seen…

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LAUREN CIRKOT (United States)

Lauren is a 28 year old up-and-coming travel blogger based in Connecticut. She’s been hardcore traveling for the past 4 years and is excited to share her tips with the world. Her goal is to inspire others to live life to the fullest and to always find adventure. Most recently she’s been to Dubai, Morocco and is ready to get to cross Peru off her list.

PERU

Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands

If you find yourself in Peru, the Uros Islands are an absolute wonder that you can’t miss. Located on Lake Titicaca near Puno, Peru, the Uros Islands are a chain of over 100 small islands made of bundles of…

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MADDY NOLAN (United States)

Maddy is 20 years old and a junior at College of the Holy Cross. She is a member of the varsity swim team and traveling is one of her greatest passions in her free time. Although her bucket list is quite long, she’s working to check off all of the places she wants to go, and she looks forward to sharing more travel tips with the Tiplr community as she does.

UNITED STATES

Explore the Abita Mystery House

For those visiting New Orleans with access to a car, a side trip to Abita Springs is a must. The tiny town is located across Lake Pontchartrain, about a 45-minute drive from downtown. There may not be much going on in Abita Springs, but it’s home to a classic roadside attraction- the Abita Mystery House…

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RACHEL SOUERBY (United States)

Rachel is a California-born freelance writer, currently living in Brisbane, Australia. She applied for her first passport three years ago and never looked back. She’s already visited 15 countries and is excited to add more to the list next year. Currently studying interior designer, her goals include writing for design publications, travel writing and publishing a novel.

SRI LANKA

Sigiriya Rock on a budget

A short stay in Sigiriya is a must as you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone – see Lions rock & go on an incredible safari. The town itself is small but has a few nice restaurants and 1 bar on the river, Rasta Rant you can go enjoy a beer in!  All the guide books will tell you that you have to visit the Sigiriya rock fortress…

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FIONA ATHA (United Kingdom)

Fiona is 25 and from London. Currently, she has escaped London and the mundane 9-5 workplace to explore the world with her boyfriend and capture every moment on with a birds eye view. She is passionate about travel and food. They have just returned from a six week long trip to Sri Lanka, and is planning her next adventure.

The 2018 Panel of Judges

Originally from Tasmania, Ian Cumming is the founder of Travel Massive — the world’s largest tourism industry network — which connects innovators, creators, and leaders in the global tourism industry.
Community Manager at Voyager. Jenny is responsible for spearheading Voyager HQ’s events and member programming, bringing new travel startups and mentors into the community and coordinating network introductions.
Jenny Silber, Voyager HQ
Simone is the Executive Director for Startup Home, the company that aggregates coliving, coworking and incubation for underrepresented entrepreneurs from all over the world. He is an advisor for Tiplr and on the board of several startups.
Simone Tarantino, Startup Home
Tom is Senior Vice President has over 18 years experience in travel spanning digital marketing, publishing and technology, working at both start-ups and corporations.
Thomas Buckley, Travel Massive
Julia is an Aussie copywriter with an entrepreneurial streak and a thirst for adventure. She’s traveled extensively, profiling resorts for Oyster.com, and is the Co-Founder of the travel startup, Offline Destinations.
Julia Ingall, Offline Destinations
Carmine is the CEO and Founder of Tiplr. He traveled to over 50 countries for a good part of his life with the vision of this project in mind.
Carmine Savarese, Tiplr
Tara is the Managing Editor and Cofounder of the Tiplr project. She leads the selections of the best tips and the panel of judges of this first Best Travel Tip Award
Tara Turner, Tiplr
Chiara Basso is a journalist, communication expert and storyteller who would spend her life traveling if she could choose. Eight years ago she moved to New York from Italy after having lived in different countries including UK, Spain, Greece and even a cruise-ship on the Nile in Egypt. She thinks she still has a lot of countries and people to meet and is looking forward to the next trip. In the meantime, she enjoys all that New York City has to offer and, when she cannot travel, she loves to explores new worlds through a good book.
Chiara Basso, Travel Journalist

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Talking about Travel Tips

 You can create tips using tiplr.com or our iOS App. Tips will be judged most importantly on quality of content. A Tiplr travel tip is a special nugget of information that you’ve uncovered during your travels. It could be the beachfront hostel you found by accident, the best website for booking ferries, or a practical but little known secret about international travel. All tips must be submitted by 11:59PM on July 31th, 2018

Tip’s Creation Guidelines

  • Tips must be in English (Quality of English will be evaluated and any tips in another language will not be accepted)
  • Each tip must be at least 150 words
  • Topic of tip must be travel
  • Each entrant must create at least 5 tips using their Tiplr account (But there is no limit to the number of tips created)
  • Each tip must have a good quality photo (When using the website, photos should be at least 800 pixels in width)

Best Tip’s Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of text (i.e. well-written, in fluent English, unique/original, off the beaten path, avoids mainstream travel topics, etc.)
  • Authenticity of information provided
  • “Smartness” of tip
  • Title catchiness
  • Picture quality
  • Ability to select the proper category and location for each tip

Anatomy of the Best Travel Tip

  1. A tip always contains a good quality photo, something eye catching and stunning. You can take a picture in the moment, use (non-copyright) photos from the web (don’t forget to give credit), from your camera roll or even your Instagrams.
  2. Add a descriptive, engaging title. This will increase interest amongst readers!
  3. Include as much body text as you need to explain your tip. The best tips are at least 150 words long, but we strive for quality over quantity, always. Add specific info to your tip, like directions, prices, hours and dates, menus, weather, kid friendliness, or WiFi availability.
  4. You might include a link back to your blog, or to a restaurant or hotel website mentioned in the tip. This feature lets you send readers directly back to the source and giving appropriate credit.
  5. Add up to three contextual tags to help others find your tip. Examples include beach, Italian food, hiking, gluten free, etc.
  6. Make sure your location is detailed and consistent with your tip, in some tips it could be an address in others  the name of the city or region so readers quickly see where your tip is about.
  7. The Country tag will default from the location you add to the tip.
  8. Choose the category which best fits your tip. If you’re writing about the best trail to take when hiking, choose Outdoors. If your tip is about visa requirements, put that under Essentials.
  9. Once a great tip is published, other users will save it to their suitcases on the Tiplr app! By suitcasing it, they’re able to save it and use it to build their own travel guidebook.
  10. That’s you! Make sure to add a nice picture and an intriguing short bio to your profile when you create your account on Tiplr.

You can check some examples of great travel tips on the Tiplr platform.

About the Best Travel Tip Award

Tiplr is the travel platform where a community of smart travelers all around the world create and share the best travel tips. To date, our talented contributors have created thousands of tips, covering every corner of the globe. We’ve realized just how special and useful these tips are. They are the building blocks of Tiplr, which when put together will create the last travel guides you will ever need.

To celebrate our community and the amazing tips that they have written, we created the 1st Best Travel Tip Award. A panel of travel experts will vote and choose the top travel tip for 2018. The winner will receive $1,000 to plan their next great adventure! Tiplr’s editorial team will spend the next weeks reading through all entries and will choose a group of 20 finalists. Then our panel of judges will choose their favorite. This group will include travel journalists, bloggers, travel marketing experts, our managing editor, and our community of smart travelers.

Contest Official Rules