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1. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2259 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Has any of your travel been due to a bet or a dare? What's the silliest trip you've done? Or are planning?

I'll start the ball rolling with mine:
I persuaded 14 people to travel to Spitzbergen with penguin onesies; we waddled around Ny Alesund in the rain saying "aark!" to each other. We did this from a cruise ship, much to the entertainment of the other guests. Apparently the bridge crew were having a competition using binoculars to see how many penguins they could spot. Ny Alesund is a small scientific station and I'd figured out we wouldn't have very much to see or do while in port - but the getting there was going to be scenic. So Operation Penguin was born to pep things up.

Now I'm looking forward to Andrew Mack's story about how he's going to get a washing machine to PNG... ;)

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Andy: Photos please ;)

I'm afraid I'm rather boring in that respect.
Does travelling with a plush wombat as companion count?

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2259 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

Andy: Photos please ;)

Ok I've uploaded a few :)

Does travelling with a plush wombat as companion count?

Of course! I spent many years travelling with Gromit, a toy dog, until my ex got custody.

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 627 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

How cool is that! The penguin excursion looks like big fun.

Russell the Wombat used to have his own pages on Virtualtourist. He wants a new blog now, but I have not yet decided where and how. He makes occasional appearances in my blogs, though.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Now I'm looking forward to Andrew Mack's story about how he's going to get a washing machine to PNG... ;)

I'm a bit worried that I'll have to bring my own generator as well....

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7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2259 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I'm a bit worried that I'll have to bring my own generator as well....

You'll be fine. They use Aussie plugs there, civilised 240v 50hz power. With a plug adaptor your British washer should work fine. ...Are you travelling hand luggage?

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The extreme washing site suggests that mountains and jungles aren't always well catered for socket-wise...

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2259 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Do you actually have to use the washer? You could load it with enough socks and undies for your entire trip, obviating the need to do laundry.

10. Posted by Sarahelainecp (Inactive 34 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

My husband's first backpacker trip in 1997 was overland Edinburgh to Istanbul to get a proper kebab, if that helps?

I've done nothing in the penguin league. My family went on day trips for silly reasons - 1.5 hr drive to Gatwick for a cola, 2 hr drive to Margate for fish and chips. I hold the current crown - Edinburgh to York for a pizza - but those are relatively short trips. As was Winchester for a statue - 2.5 hr drive, but it was a very nice statue indeed.

Technically we went to Georgetown, Penang for street food, but I refuse to view that as silly. Neither would it be silly if I ever make it to Bologna for Ragu, a wine tour in Cape Town, or if I get to Millau just to see that viaduct.

Third person quests - I met a man on a train, who was about 70, whose retirement project is to visit all 934 branches of Wetherspoons (a British pub chain). He told me he could do about four in a day (coffee in the first, lunch, one pint in each of the others) and was about half way through. And close runners up, to the 12 Glaswegians I saw at T in the Park (a rock festival) who had spent all day in 30 degree heat in banana suits, purely and simply so that when Rihanna sang "ooh na na, what's my name?" they could sing "banana" back from the front row.