The short answer in the developing world is… No!!! You’ve heard the warnings — don’t drink the tap water, don’t order ice in your drinks and don’t eat any salad or fruit that may have been washed in said water. It’s all very much true. But did you also know that the rule of thumb … Continued
Normally, I’m not impressed by fancy schmancy brands, and statement bags adorned with gold Roman numerals will just get you robbed in most third world countries. However, when it comes to quality travel bags, I’ve found that you get what you pay for. So I am going to name drop like Fifty Cent right now … Continued
Let’s talk toilets! No, really. We in the developed world have it made with our private stalls and ensuite boudoirs, our thrones of porcelain and bidets of gold. One ply? Blasphemy. Only the finest double and triple ply cotton will do.
But in the rest of world — outside the sanitized comfort of airports in (really) big cities — it is squatter all the way baby.
“What is a squatter?” you ask?
Oh, my dear gal (or guy). YOU are in for a surprise.
A squatter, as these lovely images from my travels around the globe indicate, is a hole in the ground, about 6 inches in diameter and… well… that’s it. No flush, no thrown, no nuthin’. The real problem with them, besides the mind numbing stench, is that you truly do have to squat. I don’t know how many of you have tried to hover over a tiny hole and aim while wearing a belly bag, backpack, umbrella, extra jacket and underwear, but let me tell you, it is a feat of strength and endurance worthy of Olympic sport.
I’ve noticed recently that some of the nicer restaurants in good size cities have tried to accommodate our western sensibilities. Yep, they have installed porcelain toilets… out in the open, next to the sink.
So practice my friends. ‘Cause the last thing you want to do is to fall butt first into the doo.
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Never underestimate the value of quality packing. Take it from me, accumulating all that you will need and packing a (singular, as in one) suitcase to carry you through two to three weeks of travel is truly an art form. That said, what’s more important is what you pack on your carry-on. Because, let’s face … Continued
HEY YOU! YES, YOU. You need to read this. Oh, come on… don’t run away screaming like a little girl. This is for your own good and the welfare of all humanity. If, by chance, you have been living under a rock, are in complete denial of how small our world has become or blissfully ignorant … Continued