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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Contingency planning.

I read with interest, stories of people caught out by the ash cloud that  partially enveloped us.

I travelled the world for over forty years and the one thing that was drummed into me was, SHIT HAPPENS.

My three rules of travelling are:

Have $100 of cash in your wallet. Everywhere will accept dollars.

Keep a credit card in your wallet that is empty. Only use it occasionally to keep it extant.

Make sure that you have at least a dual band mobile phone.

All these have got me out of trouble either singularly or all together. Don't rely on other people. Be prepared for the worst.


  1. Alan Wicker's three rules were :

    (1) Never refuse a meal
    (2) Never walk past a toilet
    (3) Sleep whenever you can

    My three rules are :

    (1) Never refuse a drink
    (2) Never tip a tour guide
    (3) Make fly on AirTours (oh, they went bust - and bloudy good job too!)

    (3) Make sure you take a good book

    Works for me!

  2. The $100 is for when no one else has any money to buy you a drink. Of course make sure that you sidle out of the bar, that the others are in, and find a new one.

  3. a) Know these essential phrases in the language of the country you're visiting (very easy to learn):

    1. Two beers, please.
    2. My friend is paying.

    b) don't trust a foreigner.


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