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Pet Travel Made Easier with Hosteling International

Posted on 23 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

hostels now pet travel friendly in europe

When I created TBP 0004 “Enjoying a Hostel Environment” I mentioned that one should leave the dog home if planning to stay in a hostel. I didn’t think that any hostels existed that were open to pet travel because the logistic of a dorm room are not conducive to such amenities.

It can get too crowded with just a bunch of humans and their huge luggage, but can you imagine adding three barking chihuahuas and a giant St. Bernard to the mix?

That would be utter insanity!

But apparently hostels in Europe have figured out a work-around for the dog issue.

After I posted that podcast, I received an email from Hosteling International with a link to their blog post about a few of the hostels that DO allow dogs.

I was thrilled to read the article because even though I enjoy solo travel, it can get a bit lonely.

The dog obviously keeps me company, and many of the dog-related places that I visit (like dog parks) offer a great way for humans like me to socialize on the road, but there is nothing like finishing a day of sightseeing in a common room or in the kitchen and sharing my experiences while listening to others who also have advice and could guide my next day of touring.

I hope that the American hostels will follow suit and consider opening their doors to pet travel, too.  I love staying at hostels and have really missed the camaraderie and the social way to learn about the the destination.

 

 

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1st Secret Pocket - Inside Pant Leg tourism tourist

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TBP 0006: Paranoid about Pick Pockets? Prevent Pickpocketing with Pick-Pocket Proof Pockets!

Posted on 06 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week’s podcast  is about alliterations…

Just kidding (sort of)…

One of the biggest concerns I had about going to Italy was pickpockets and thieves.  I had heard a lot about them and even a close family member had almost had his wallet stolen at the Colleseum.

I wanted to figure out how to prevent pickpocketing because I heard that it happened a lot there.

Listen to this weeks Travel Better Podcast to find out how to make a secret pocket and protect yourself from thieves when traveling.

Here are some pictures from my makeshift homemade secret security pockets (sorry the trousers are so messy – they were fresh out of the washer so the dryer hadn’t yet pulled the lint off, and taking pictures was really an afterthought for this post.)

 

Helpful Items When Making a Secret Pocket:
Iron-on Velcro
Iron
Cloth/material
Sewing Needle & Thread
Sewing Kit
Scissors
Safety Pins

 

SOME IDEAS FOR SECRET POCKETS:

1. Inside the pants, shirt, vest – sew the bottom and sides of the pockets, then use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top of the homemade pocket with velcro
2. Outside but in pocket with velcro – use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top
3. Wrist band – if you have a money wristband that seals with velcro, you can attach that to the velcro in the pant leg pocket on the cargo pants
4. Bra – snip the inside layer of lace to create pocket out of the inside lace and outside lace or use the pockets in the cup of a padded bra and velcro the pocket closed.
5. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned to inside of clothes
6. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned inside of one of the outside pockets
7. Money in shoe or sock
8. Use safe in hotel
9. Makeshift safe: your locked suitcase

The nice thing about these homemade secret pockets is that if they break or come apart you can usually repair them on the road.  You can find an iron in most hotels, and the sewing kit is often be provided by most hotels or can be easily purchased in a drug store. You just need to be sure to bring enough velcro, which is fairly portable.

I give instructions in my podcast, though it is fairly easy to garner the construction from my pictures.
Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello aka Ramblin Gal

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