Guy travel tips

by Terry Riley on December 7, 2003

I’m here to help you travel smarter, travel safer, and travel with more confidence through lessons learned from the misadventures of others.

Well, I have adopted seven habits that I’ve learned from my own misadventures so I thought I’d pass them along to other men. (Actually, I found nine habits, but from popular psycho-kings like Ken Blanchard and Dr. Phil, there seems to be something magic about “7.” So here goes.)

Number Seven: Eat less and move more. [Okay. Okay. Right off the bat I slipped in this unashamed plug for my new book. But that's it. No more ads. Promise.]

Number Six: Pee before you board any mechanical conveyance, especially those where you will be confined such as airplanes, trains, buses, trams, elevators, and gondolas.

Number Five: Along the same line, when standing at the urinal, do not let your eyes wander. You could-depending-get beat up, get arrested, or get a date.

Number Four: Check your zipper-twice.

Number Three: Wash your hands often. Not only does this habit follow directly from the above described habits, but it is one of the best ways to prevent catching a cold.

Number Two: Be patient. I begin every trip with the assumption that something will go awry and with plenty to keep me occupied while matters get sorted out.

Number One: Be polite. Not only do most people in the travel business do an admirable job and deserve courtesy, I find that I get a lot more with a “please” and a “thank you” than other travelers get with unpleasant attitudes or nasty remarks.

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