Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Travel tips and interesting stores concerning toilets

Toilets might not be a item you think of much when you plan your travels, but perhaps it should be.


The following article highlights the funny or maybe not so funny part of traveling. In any case, it is a consideration when traveling to various parts of the world.
Johnny Ray
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Toilet Stories Are A Funny Part Of Travel

Author: Brad Alexander
Toilet stories.... now here\'s a part of travel you might not like to think about. If you\'re traveling in rich, "first world" countries, you probably don\'t need to worry too much about it. But if you\'re traveling internationally, you\'re probably going to run into a surprise or two. Talk to people who have been traveling internationally for a while, and they\'re bound to have one or two amusing toilet stories.

In the U.S. almost all toilets will be "pedestal style". Some may be a bit run down, but they will mostly look the same.

In Europe, most of the time you will find pedestal style toilets too. There are some pretty interesting flush mechanisms, so you may have to figure that out.

If you get out into the countryside or into less developed countries, it\'s just possible that you\'ll run into some WCs that are more like porcelain footprints with a hole. Seasoned travelers often say "Western style" and "Eastern Style", but you can run into either anywhere in the world. You won\'t always have that "throne", so just make up your mind that you can deal with it.

It always pays to have some tissues or toilet paper in your pocket. Even if you find a toilet that has a dispenser, it could be empty. In more rural areas and more undeveloped counties, TP might clog up the plumbing. In places like that, you\'ll see wastebaskets with dirty paper... put yours there too.

Finding a public toilet can be harder abroad than it is in the U.S. If you\'re out wandering the street, look for train stations or department stores. If there is a U.S. style fast-food restaurant, you can find a toilet inside. Big hotels will have one tucked away in the lobby somewhere, and they are reliable for having TP. You can find one in restaurants too. If you\'re not a customer, ask politely, most of the time they will let you use their WCs. Never leave a museum or restaurant without going - even if you don\'t need to. Who knows when you\'ll find the next facility.

Many big European cities have coin operated "toilet booths" on street corners. Public toilets often are pay toilets. Carry small change to pay for them. Some will be coin operated on the door, others will have attendants sitting by the door. Even if they don\'t insist on you paying when you go in, it\'s polite to leave a small tip... it\'s usually only the equivalent of about 25 U.S. cents. Don\'t expect them to have change... they might, or they might just keep the change if you don\'t have anything small enough. It\'s another way for them to make a little money... so plan ahead -- don\'t give away all of your "little money". It\'ll come in handy.

Get used to occasionally having women cleaners in the Men\'s rooms and sometimes men attendants in the Women\'s room. Lots of toilet stories come from these encounters, but they\'re used to it, so you might as well just get comfortable with it too.

When you get beyond Europe, you\'ll run into more and more of those "Eastern Style" porcelain holes-in-the-ground. Some will even be just that -- holes in the ground. OK... if you\'ve gotta go, you\'ve gotta go. Just deal with it, and you\'ll come home with some toilet stories of your own.About the Author:

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