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11. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

A tip that I am sure all backpackers already know about:

If your hostel has breakfast included, and this will only be some bread, cheese etc, ALWAYS make sure you make it on time, no matter what time you rolled into bed the night (or hour!) before and take a bag with you and make a packed lunch for the day (admittedly it will only be sandwiches) as this can save you a lot of money if you are in a European country. If you are lucky there will be some boiled eggs as well. This can save you a good 10 euros a day.

12. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

If your getting hassle from hawkers, touts, bumsters or scam artists one of the first questions they ask you is were you are from. never answer Ireland, UK, Canada, Australia etc. Theyve got a whole sales repetoire based around it. I normally tell em im from Botswana. that normally shuts them up.

Also if you mention that your a policeman it can deter the more aggressive sellers.

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14. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 8y

Good post....

have a few things to add :

1. The Old credit cards in a "Decoy" Wallet is a good one. then have your real credit / debit cards somewhere else on you. That way pick pockets and muggers get something. However, I always leave a few notes in there also so that if I have to hand over my whole "decoy" wallet... they also get some cash... keeps em happy !

2. A belt with a hidden pocket (zipped close) is great. Got through customs god knows how many times and they never checked it at all !!! Obviously I only had cash in it though. This is where I had my emergency stash of cash so that if we got all our stuff robbed I had a 50 euro and a 100 dollar bill in there so I could get a taxi to anywhere within reason if we needed to.

3. Hawkers etc..... I say I'm Israeli. That way they know I'm going to haggle them to death for the slightest thing... i.e. a bottle of water and usually can't be bothered. I'm sure Botswanan works well too though (for different reasons though) :)

4. The Hand washing one. We took little hand washing Tablets (that were biodegradable and also could be used for washing dishes) which meant we could use it in the jungle also (without polluting the environment) You can get them at travel shops.

5. Girls.... don't have handbags. Honest.... just don't. Put stuff in a plastic bag if you need to. Think about it... what things do you actually need when you go out (day and especially night) No handbag = No unwanted attention. Plastic bag = nothing important !

6. USB memory stick with Skype on it (there's many a thread with this already detailed on) Invaluable for telephone calls whilst abroad !

If I think of any more I'll udpate this thread again.

Hope to have helped....

Taffski

PS My girlfriend wore a wedding ring (£10 from Argos) on her wedding finger (even though she's not married) and it really helped ward off unwanted attention from men in general (especially religious ones). You might have some explaining when you're showing your pictures back at home though

15. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

By the way....The Money Belt is blown....stop wearing this thing...or use it as a decoy. Far too many people are making change out of their money belt in front of every one around. What a stupid practice.

D

16. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Whistler 2

To help remove odour from footwear (boots, sneakers etc.) place a tea-bag in the toe area overnight and the smell should be gone by morning. This has always worked for me.

And then simply place the teabag in with the other teabags in the hostel kitchen prior to leaving

17. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting james

Quoting Whistler 2

To help remove odour from footwear (boots, sneakers etc.) place a tea-bag in the toe area overnight and the smell should be gone by morning. This has always worked for me.

And then simply place the teabag in with the other teabags in the hostel kitchen prior to leaving

And there goes my desire to ever use teabags in a hostel ever again...

18. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting james

Quoting Whistler 2

To help remove odour from footwear (boots, sneakers etc.) place a tea-bag in the toe area overnight and the smell should be gone by morning. This has always worked for me.

And then simply place the teabag in with the other teabags in the hostel kitchen prior to leaving

And there goes my desire to ever use teabags in a hostel ever again...

James dear, I know you're only joking.

Er... you are joking, aren't you

Sam, I never ever use hostel teabags or coffee. I always carry my own. If there's one thing I'm inclined to be fussy about it's the quality of my tea and coffee.

19. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Whistler 2

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting james

Quoting Whistler 2

To help remove odour from footwear (boots, sneakers etc.) place a tea-bag in the toe area overnight and the smell should be gone by morning. This has always worked for me.

And then simply place the teabag in with the other teabags in the hostel kitchen prior to leaving

And there goes my desire to ever use teabags in a hostel ever again...

James dear, I know you're only joking.

Er... you are joking, aren't you

Sam, I never ever use hostel teabags or coffee. I always carry my own. If there's one thing I'm inclined to be fussy about it's the quality of my tea and coffee.

Of course I'm joking. I'd never do such a think like that.

Again.

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