Got any travel tips? We’re on the road a fair amount, and it would be good to reduce the odds of having to kick myself. Here are some things learned the hard way:
1. If you’re at a nice restaurant, and the host or hostess spreads a black napkin on your lap, and a white napkin on your husband/friend/date’s lap, don’t be offended. It doesn’t mean the staff anticipates you spilling red wine on the linen. It’s to prevent the white napkins from getting lint on your black outfit. It’s also grubbing for tips, but don’t be offended by that either. They really are underpaid.
2. Do not pretend to take a picture of your spouse when you’re really taking a picture of a famous actor and his wife sitting behind your spouse. The celebrity couple will not be fooled. The looks they give you, which will show up in your photo, will make you ashamed of yourself. (No picture here. Enough said.)
3. What about purses? Do you carry one? What kind?
For me anyway, it turns out purses aren’t necessary. Pockets work great. If you don’t believe me, ask any guy. Purses are one more thing to remember, and make you a target for pickpockets. Also, no matter how big your purse is, things still get lost in it. Of course, if you want a purse, that’s fine. Just remember — unless you have a medical condition or a baby, you probably don’t need one.
4. Your feet are important. If you pretend they aren’t, they will punish you.
5. If you wouldn’t wear it at home, you won’t want to wear it somewhere else.
On second thought, go for it. No one knows you anyway.
Are you a traveler? What’s your favorite place to visit? What’s on your traveling wish list?