Basin Plug

One thing that is always in my toilet bag is this rubber multi size basin plug.

After many years of travels its now comes as no surprise to me to either find the basin , or bath plug, is missing.

That makes it a problem to shave, wash your face, or launder your clothes ,unless you have got your own plug handy.

Use With Integrated Mixer and Basin Outlet

I have even found it useful when I have been faced with an integrated mixer and basin outlet with a leaking seal.

As you will see from the photograph below many of those fancy chrome units just lift out so you can use the rubber plug.

Additional Travel Hack

If you can’t lift out the basin outlet duct tape will provide a waterproof seal.

Drinking Water Safety

Ever wondered how safe the water is in you hotel in developing countries?

Well most big hotels do have some sort of water filters so the water does normally look clean.

Problems

Two problems are

  • Does the water filtration system remove all bacteria?
  • Are the pipes and tanks between the filtration and your tap clean?

Some hotels have Ultrafiltration or Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters which should remove bacteria, as long as they are maintained and not by-passed.

Risk Free Approach

Avoid, Ice, mixed cordials and and washed salad

Drink bottled water, and check the suppliers seal on the bottle before you use it.

Use bottled water for brushing your teeth, and making ice in your mini bar fridge.

Additional Travel Hack

When cleaning your teeth don’t put the bottle down while you are brushing!

It’s easy to put the bottle down then habit takes over and you use the tap to rinse!

No Free Flights

How often do you see a cruise or tour advertised as ‘Fly Free’?

That’s Bulldust! . . . It should really say just say ‘Flights included’

Stay Longer

If we are travelling long haul we would much rather stop longer than the packaged length of the holiday.

If you arrive the day before the tour starts you are probably in a trance for the first day.

If your luggage gets delayed will it ever catch up?

Going to Europe we typically want to visit friends and relatives in Britain before the tour starts.

We may also want to use our frequent flyer points to book business class travel.

Our Experience

We generally find that as soon as we ask for the package without the ‘Free Flights we get a significant discount.

The discount is likely to a little less than the cost of booking the flights yourself, but for us it’s still worthwhile.

Extra Travel Hack

If you are booking a “free flight’ You might find the fare class you have been booked on doesn’t include airline points!

Cheaper Flights? or Convenience?

It really depends on your situation.

Days to Avoid

The days to avoid are the days when there is the biggest demand for seats.

That’s when business travellers and leisure travellers are wanting the same flight

Typically Fridays are bad with people setting off for holidays at the same time as business people returning to their home base.

Sundays is similar with people returning from their holidays and weekly commuters returning to be ready to start on Monday morning.

When I worked full time I used to be be caught in this trap when travelling for leisure as I wanted to get the most use out of the limited leave available.

That meant including as much of the weekend in the holiday as possible.

Convenience was more important than cost!

Cheapest Days

Generally the cheapest days tend to be midweek, typically Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thursday and Saturdays are normally not too bad.

Now I am retired I like to take advantage of the midweek lower fares.

When we book cruises, or tours we now look to go a couple of days earlier and stop on a couple of days afterwards.

Not only do take advantage of lower fares, but if a flight is delayed we don’t risk missing the start of the cruise.

In this case cost can equal convenience!

Special Occasion – Let Everyone Know

I often hear about people keep quiet about special occasions.

They could be missing out!

My wife and I usually go away on anniversaries and birthdays and aren’t shy about telling others about it.

Here are some of the free things that have resulted from letting people know:

  • Bottles of champagne from flight attendants.
  • Bottles of champagne in the room.
  • Flowers in the room.
  • Chocolates.
  • Limo Hire.
  • Best table in a great restaurant.
  • Room upgrades.

Suit Carriers

Twenty five years ago suit carriers were the ‘go to bag’ for frequent flyers.

Now you rarely see them.

In the late 90’s I was living away from home for 2 years and used my suit carrier every week for the whole period.

These days I rarely wear a suit, or business shirts and some airlines are weighing carry on so it doesn’t come out so often.

It has not been completely forgotten as I would still use it 2-3 times a year, mainly for me and my wife on an overnight stay.

Advantages

  • Great for times when you need to travel with formal clothes.
  • Quick and easy to pack.
  • Great in the hotel room; just lay it on a counter or hang it in the wardrobe

Disadvantage

  • Much heavier than my Go To Carry On.
  • Not as ‘Trendy’ as the wheeled bags

Overall

I would never get rid of my suit carrier even though it’s not my main bag. . . . its still useful for certain trips