Thing you take on a day out to the city

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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 6704 posts) 36w 1 Star this if you like it!

Here in Australia the animal of choice is a dropbear. They are just the right blend of cuddly and terrifying.

Like a really good guard dog, but better at clinging on to you to make travelling around easier. They can also double as a scarf, and they have a handy pouch to store some belongings in. If anyone tries to steal your wallet from the dropbear's pouch, they will probably have their eyes scratched out.

I used to think white rhinos were great also, but mine stepped on my toe once and I've since gone for lighter options.

12. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1015 posts) 36w 1 Star this if you like it!

I think my choice would be a nice well fed boa constrictor. I could wrap him (or her) around my waist (over my money) and a lot of people are really scared of snakes so there is the protection factor.

13. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 706 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I'm old school and stick with Magpies. Their ability to fly combined with their intelligence make city navigating a breeze, they also make a far more relaxing alarm clock and if you want safety features, no human is a match for a Magpie attack

14. Posted by Maurizioagos (Full Member 67 posts) 36w 1 Star this if you like it!

Money and my old camera.

15. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1087 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I'm with Maurizio . . . money and my camera with extra batteries, of course. Good walking shoes and a working mobile phone are useful although I can live without the phone. Stop in the tourist office and get a city map and ask what you should not miss. We only take umbrellas if there is a possibility of rain although on a recent trip to England we took them everyplace . . . and used them everyplace. It rained all but the last three days of our month-long trip. I think we broke the drought.

If you are going to France or England, I'll suggest you skip all the silly suggestions above and take a dog. With a dog you will fit right in because everyone else has their dog, and I suspect restaurants won't let you in without one. They may even have rent-a-dog facilities in these two countries. If they don't, they should.

16. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1214 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Hmmmm. How did this become a thread of whimsy? Everyone knows, bringing a chicken into an urban environment can only lead to trouble.

Seriously. This is a legitimately good question. And the MODS decided to derail it?

I always carry a compass. Streets can LOOK straight, but slowly dog leg. I like to know which way I am going. Apparently, though, this is something young travellers don't understand (direction)....and I regularly got boned by this on German streets. Something about their transit system. (They run some sort of Mag Lev thing, maybe?)

In Latin America....(and really, now, most places) I keep a roll of TP in my haversack.

Leatherman and Spork

A digital camera is good....Not just for taking pics....But there are often local maps with info. You can take pics of these and refer to them as you go.

MAP. Usually there is some kind of tourist desk wherever you enter ANY city. Get that map.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2018, at 18:30 by Piecar ]

17. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1568 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

Seriously. This is a legitimately good question. And the MODS decided to derail it?

A new account posts a series of new threads, none of which are for advice on their travels, and never returns to the thread again.

I tried to prompt a human response, asking if this was a troll bot, and still didn't get a reply.

And you're going to grumble because I was whimsical ? :)

If this user comes back and talks to us like a human I'll be the first to apologise for my penguin gag.

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19. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1214 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Andy F. I don't track what a New User does, and agree that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, who pop in., and never post again. I have posted in dozens of New User posts where they never ever ever EVER post again. .....But, shit, man. Is there a way to guess whether someone is just trying to sell their own site? Because I really enjoy answering traveller questions. Is there a metric for where one should answer or not? This one is actually a thing. Is every New User playing an angle? Is it my job to research whether a New User is hincky? Why is this one fake? How did you figure it out?

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2018, at 22:25 by Piecar ]

20. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1568 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Piecar, I don't know if this newbie is genuine or not, I just smelled enough of a rat to trigger a penguin response. Should I restrain my silly side because I'm a mod? Am I putting newbies off? If so I apologise. But this forum is for fun too, and a lot of my time here is the unfun stuff.