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31. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

A piece of string tied to the tap (faucet) into the plug hole. It works perfectly. The water runs down the string after being soaked up - and stops the dripping noise 100%.
Travel on trains overnight. It saves a fortune on hotel/hostel bills.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jun-2009, at 02:32 by Redpaddy ]

32. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

In China (and probably other Asian countries): if you have a Chinese friend, ask them to come with you when you buy stuff. They don't have to say anything- just by them being there, you are much less likely to get ripped off. And remember: everything is negotiable. Never pay the first price they mention.

The posted prices in small hotels: nobody every pays that, except dumb tourists. Usually, the price the locals are paying is 1/2 that. Or less. And always ask to see the room.

33. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

The leaky faucet and a multitude of other noises, like that morning rooster, or shouting at 2.00am, can be solved with a travelers best friend, ear plugs. I always carry 2 or 3 pairs of the soft foam ones with a cord attached, so they are easy to pull out. Great for planes trains and buses too. Just don't do what I did one night and reach for that midnight snack of jelly beans at the side of your bed and accidentally start chew on an old ear plug!

Have a system of where you keep things. Daily money in this pocket. Keys in this one. Sunglasses another. Do this with the things in your pack too. It saves endless time packing trying to make things fit and then trying to find them again. More importantly will also save you loosing things or misplacing them too.

34. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I put a razor in each of my two trouser/pant pockets to catch thivies red handed...seriously!

35. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I haven't tried this yet so it may be far more hassle than it's worth - but I thought of taking one credit card for bank/internet use and one cash/credit card for daily use. The cash/credit card has only a minimum amount on it - enough for a few days. This could be topped up by the other one online, or by cash drawn. If it's skimmed, I only get hit for a small amount and still have the other card as back up. It would also force me to keep regular tabs on bank accounts, just so long as i don't use the back up card to pay for stuff.

Naturally, it would be dependant on banks and secure internet, but the lack of these in certain areas would dictate using hard cash anyway, so it just might work out in practise. It would need to be simple. Anyone else have any ideas on this?

For a second practical tip, I carry an ex-army bivi-bag. It means I could settle down to sleep almost anywhere and stay dry and warm. It also doubles as a groundmat for just sitting down. It weighs in at just over 800 grams - which is fairly heavy, but it's huge. You can get lighter ones at about half the weight.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jun-2009, at 14:01 by fabyomama ]

36. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

In Belize, a few years ago, I used a similar method....The country was not hooked to international banking from the ATMs. So I paid for everything on my credit card and then immediately found an internet cafe and applied that amount of money from my account to the credit card. The system took a couple of extras steps, but it wasn't overly difficult.

GLOT

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37. Posted by Wayneburg (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Rubbing alcohol can be used as a deodorant.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2009, at 20:47 by Wayneburg ]

38. Posted by Eddiebleek (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

1. If u get hungry late @ night after coming back from an awesome night ... Always go to the least busy shops especially ones that are closing for the night .. N offer them half of what the market price is and most of the time they will take it or else they might have to throw the food out and lose out competelty ... This was the way I ate my awesome chicken dinners late @ night oh yeah u can also save some for the next day ....

2. Like stated earlier pretty much everywhere u go they will always have a market price and a breakeven price + a buck or 2..... When takins taxis don't just jump on the 1st one you see ask the price n then work ur way down to a reasonable price.

3. A way to get cash w no ATM fees is by making friends at ur hostel and whenever u all go out to eat pay w ur card n keep the cash... This is the way I did it for an entire week bc my efing card didn't feel like working I'm Zurich

4. Have a good time n remember that more people mean good then bad.. so learn to trust..... Not everyone is out to get u... Not to say there's is no shady ppl out there but just follow ur own judgement ...

Cheers

39. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

For a second practical tip, I carry an ex-army bivi-bag. It means I could settle down to sleep almost anywhere and stay dry and warm. It also doubles as a groundmat for just sitting down. It weighs in at just over 800 grams - which is fairly heavy, but it's huge. You can get lighter ones at about half the weight.

I actually carry 2 good quality, strong garbage bags with me - the extra large ones. I find the serve the same purpose of staying dry, plus they are a great back up to wrap wet clothes in or dry clothes to keep dry when hiking or in the rain. They don't keep you warm like a bivvy bag would, but I usually carry a set of thermals with me. The thermals work well and if you buy the funky colour ones, they can double as a pair of leggings or extra top.

40. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting KoalaGirl

...The thermals work well and if you buy the funky colour ones, they can double as a pair of leggings or extra top.

Nice idea, but I'm a bloke and would probably get arrested for disturbing the peace. ;)