~ TODAYS TRAVEL TIPS
10 WAYS TO LOSE A SHIRT
After a rash of lost shirts in my travels.
I wish to tell you the top ways to accomplish
the task of losing a shirt.
This tip is akin to how to lose a language dictionary
or an umbrella, or even small backpacks.
It can be difficult to just get up and walk away from
large backpack. But there are some real easy ways to
lose or help things get stolen. Try to place a bookmark
in you mind, and when you are in one of these locations
or get that sense of Deja Vu.
10 WAYS TO LOSE A SHIRT
From most common to least common.
1. CLEANED AT THE LAUNDRY
This is when you take it to the professionals. They have
a machine, and dryer, and will weigh your clothes. This
is by far the most common place. What happens in their
desire to save money, they mix your clothes with others.
And to be safe when they cannot remember whose clothe they
are. They just keep them.
2. CLEANED BY HAND.
There are lots of people that will clean your clothes by
hand. This is good, but they do the same. The hang them
on the clothes line, and soon they have no idea whose clothes
are whose. The simplest decision is to wait for the client to
come an ask. Of course we are leaving that day and will
never return, and they have some extra shirts for their
brother, sister, or boss.
3. CLEANED YOURSELF BY HAND.
I very often clean my clothes by hand. That it to avoid
the top two problems, and to guarantee they are dry before
I leave. But there a two big problems with washing clothes by
IF you hang your clothes on the clothesline of the hotel or hostel.
3A. THEY WILL BE STOLEN OFF THE LINE.
4B. YOU WILL FORGET THE SHIRT. Especially if only
I almost always stretch a line up in my room, and
do not use the clothesline of the hostel. And if I am using
the clothesline. I never use it the last day I am there, and leaving
the next day. I guarantee in my frustration to leave.
I will forget something.
5. LEFT IN THE SEAT OF THE BUS.
You get on the bus. Either with too many clothes or too
few clothes. Never the proper amount. So you remove
a shirt or jacket, or some piece of clothing. You
lay it down to use as a pillow, or other. In the course
of the trip. It sneaks down the back of the seat and
you forget it. Or sadly in when you stop at the next
rest stop to stretch your legs, and get a snack.
You leave the bus, and the person behind you steal
I tie everything to my bag, or put it inside my bag.
When I get off the bus. I take the bag with me.
Always! Europe, Asia, South America, or any
continent in the world.
The biggest theft of travelers stuff I have ever
heard of happened in Paris, France.
6. TOOK OFF AT THE BEACH
There are places you take your clothes off.
The beach, the hot springs, or inside that large hot museum.
As soon as you take it off. The temptation is to set it down.
Then you just walk away, and later that night, or a few
days later you say to yourself?
Where is my favorite shirt, I bought in Katmandu?
The solution is to not sit it down. Or place things
on table, chairs, or hang up on hooks. Do not
think you will remember or you will return.
You are a traveler. You do not go backwards.
If you take it off. Put it in a bag, or tie it around your
waist. Or give it to a friend to put in their bag.
If you put it in your bag, under the table.
Put you big FAT FOOT through the strap.
Then you will not be able to walk without tripping
over your bag. This is not the cool way to sit at
a table. But better than proving to the world you
are stupid or forgetful.
I find most people blame the loss of a bag on
criminals and not the real reason.
The just plain forgot the bag.
6. LEFT IN HAMMOCK.
I have to make a special case of hammocks.
When you stand and leave a hammock. It closes and
anything in the hammock disappears. You will not see it
again. Always check your hammock. They like to eat
shirts, coins, wallets, and books. If you are the type of
person that checks telephones for coins.
Hammock are just as good as telephones.
This is why those guys with the metal detectors move
in fast when the group of travelers leave the hammocks.
As a side note. There are no people walking around with
metal detectors in South America or Central America.
All them old guys and girls could have a heyday in
places like Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
7. LEFT UNDER BED IN HOTEL
Get on your knees. Move the bed. Shake the blankets.
These are places to leave a shirt.
8. GAVE YOUR SHIRT TO A GIRL
That girlfriend of your decides to borrow a shirt of yours.
I think she feels it is A...
Term of endearment.
Do not let here clear the doorway without taking it
off. If you love her, let her go. Figure that is the price of love.
And say goodbye.
But if you really love the shirt.
Try to convince her the blue one would look and work
better than your favorite one.
I have very few friends that I want putting on my shirts
and they are definitely a friend when I do. But on occasion
I loan a shirt to friends. Try to get them to loan it back.
10. FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING
Losing you shirt is not a major crisis in life.
But normally it is the sadness of losing something that
we liked and was part of us. To lose something
indicates normally that you trusted yourself, or someone else.
You thought you would remember. We
are all in this together and we all will make mistakes.
And besides, forgetfulness is a sign of genius.
So to LOSE YOUR SHIRT
Involves trust in yourself or someone else.
When you are at home, and forget something it is not that
important. You will normally return to the place, and find it
or the person will say.
Hey Joe, you left your shirt here the other day.
But for a tourist or traveler you will probably never return.
I have been using the shirt as my victim.
But this could have been your 500 dollars camera
or your diamond ring.
After losing just one too many shirts in the last few weeks.
I wrote this tip.
Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.
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Life is good.
As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
One mans paradise, is another mans hell
This way we do not all go to the same place.
Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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