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41. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

I'm not sure if this was already mentioned here, but swapping your normal (heavy) liquid shampoo for a multi-purpose solid shampoo/soap was one of the best travelling ideas I had- places like Lush sell them, but there might be other retailers about. I've not had mine for long, but it lasts forever (well, it doesn't seem to be getting any smaller) and it's nearly weightless. Apparently you can use it for washing clothes too, but I haven't had to try that yet.
It's all natural, so it's environmentally friendly, and doesn't come with a plastic bottle, which to me is a huge plus.

On the minus side, a friend how has really greasy hair complains it doesn't work well enough, but it does on my pretty normal hair.

42. Posted by Haylee1234 (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Hi everyone, im heading to europe in 2010 to do a tour, and its my first time flying so far from home. Any tips to not go crazy on the long flight? And how bad are the thieves over there? I dont want to get robbed! And is Slovakia really as bad as it is in the movie Hostel?! Id like to stay in one piece!

43. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 6y

Quoting Haylee1234

Hi everyone, im heading to europe in 2010 to do a tour, and its my first time flying so far from home. Any tips to not go crazy on the long flight? And how bad are the thieves over there? I dont want to get robbed! And is Slovakia really as bad as it is in the movie Hostel?! Id like to stay in one piece!

Are you kidding? Hostel made Slovakia look good!

Seriously, though, as long as you use common sense, you should be fine. Keep your passport with you at all times, and be careful flashing money around. I don't like money belts- they're bulky and uncomfortable- but some travellers swear by them, and for your first trip they might be a good idea (especially if you're a nervous person, which I'm guessing you are?)

44. Posted by Haylee1234 (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Haha uh oh, lucky my tour drives through Slovakia and hopefully wont stop haha. Yea im going to go with a money belt I think, they dont look too comfortable but Id rather that than get my money stolen. Thanks ;)

45. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

I agree, Hostel at least made Bratislava seem interesting....which it is not. Yep. Look at the brass manhole guy and the brass Napoleon. Find the Monument to the fallen soldier. Then scram outta there. I have always said that Bratislava is the most uninteresting city I have ever been to. Belgrade has since beat it, but still.

Forget the money belt....Waste of time. If you get mugged because you're a tourist, the first thing they're going for is the money belt. Far too many bad travellers have been making change out of the thing in full view of everyone for it to be effective. So, Uncomfortable, Inconvenient, and Useless. The Holy Trinity of the Church of Fahgeddaboudid.

Far more effective to just split your money up into different pockets. If you NEEEEDDD to be carrying your passport on you, and are afraid that someone's gonna jump you for it, put it in a pocket that's not where the money is so you can turn out your pockets. and show no passport.

I have been travelling for 22 years. I have never actually met anyone who got mugged for their passport.

There's a weird space at the top of jean pocket toward the groin on both sides. Like a nook. I shove my big bills in there. If I ever get mugged, I'll turn my pockets out right away, but that money won't flop out because it's in the nook That would be my trick. to get things back on track.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Oct-2009, at 07:48 by Piecar ]

46. Posted by Haylee1234 (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Yea thats not a bad idea putting money in different pockets. Thanks for the advice :)

47. Posted by Travel4gro (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

Hmmmm.....

Have patience.

Enjoy the experience. It's the journey and not necessarily the destination.

Not every adventure is fun or pleasurable. Haven't you seen Indiana Jones? But they are all interesting and the bad ones produce better stories.

48. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Travel4Gro has the relevant post....scroll down and read it first. I am sorry that I have to put a comment in front of his, as I am commenting on it.

His advice is one of the best ever. I am embarrassed that I haven't thought to add it.

The bad story is the better story.....The BAAAADDD story is the best story.

I bow to T4G for knowing this. And I positively genuflect on the Indy analogy. Take that shitty travel experience in stride. You'll dine out a lot more on that story that you will the "And then we watched the sun go down while drinking Coronas in beach chairs" story

Nice job. T4G. A great LTT

GLOT
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[ Edit: Edited on 17-Oct-2009, at 13:53 by Piecar ]

49. Posted by xAx (Budding Member 38 posts) 6y

A friend gave me this idea which I am going to use for my RTW in June as he has had his card copied and money stolen etc countless times...

Keep all my travelling money in my savings account and set up an overdraft with my bank for £2,000. As I travel I will work in to my overdraft and then top it up each month with savings to keep the balance at £0. This means that if anything is stolen or there is fraudulent activity on my account it is never my money and I am more likely to get help quickly from the bank as it is their money that has been shifted.

Not sure on how well this will work, obv can not tell them I am off for a year and want an overdraft but just thought I would share it in case it is of some use to someone else too.

50. Posted by ErolGirl (Budding Member 78 posts) 6y

Quoting xAx

A friend gave me this idea which I am going to use for my RTW in June as he has had his card copied and money stolen etc countless times...

Keep all my travelling money in my savings account and set up an overdraft with my bank for £2,000. As I travel I will work in to my overdraft and then top it up each month with savings to keep the balance at £0. This means that if anything is stolen or there is fraudulent activity on my account it is never my money and I am more likely to get help quickly from the bank as it is their money that has been shifted.

Not sure on how well this will work, obv can not tell them I am off for a year and want an overdraft but just thought I would share it in case it is of some use to someone else too.

Thats a really good idea! I like it....I have a £1,500 overdraft so think I might do this!! Good thinking :)