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Hometown: Mary Esther, FL
MY #1 travel tip:
Always bring a toothbrush, Marlboro cigarettes, and some little candies. The toothbrush is crucial. First of all, you can't trust a person with bad dental hygiene; and Secondly, no matter how terribly off course you find yourself or how frustrated you are that you just popped your second tire in the middle of the mountains somewhere... a good tooth brushing will pick you right back up.
The Marlboro cigarettes are good ice breakers and friendship making tools to offer to the locals. Even if you don't smoke or speak the same language, social gifts like these often put a smile on peoples faces.
The candies are for the kids. Many people in this world are under-privileged and a little candy or piece of gum could really brighten their day!
MY Hometown tip:
It's a great idea to have available at all times an emergency cash stash. The American dollar goes very far in the third world so i would highly recommend stowing some in a safe place, but available enough for you to use if the situation presents itself.Read More