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Title Author
Surviving Your Holiday - 1001 Tips for World Travellers Klaus G. Müller
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Translation of the German book "Surviving your Holidays - a thousand travel tips" ("Den Urlaub ueberleben tausend Reisetips", Beck publishing house of 1763, Munich, 240 pages, first edition was sold out in 7 months, now out of print.

How do you protect your life and your possessions abroad? What to do in case of abductions, hotel fires, catastrophes on planes or ships? How to make your hotel room burglar-proof? How to behave in dangerous situations abroad, if corrupt or false policemen become importunate. How to find the safest seat in a plane, a bus, in the subway. Survival techniques in the jungle of big cities. The latest tricks of the international gangsters, bag-snatchers with razors, robbers, pickpockets in airports, trains, hotels, in the street, at ATMs? Safe hiding places for the war chest? Travel for women on their own, for senior citizens, for the disabled, with children, with pets, with your own vehicle. To all these questions and many more, this no-nonsense advisor gives an answer. A lot of knowledge for the whole beautiful wide world in one book!

Publication Date eBook Code File Size Pages ISBN Price
15 Feb 2013 MKGM001 1341k 374 £8.00 GBP
Reviews

Media Reviews for the Original German Edition

"...advice for better, cheaper, safer travel ..." (Europublic)

"...all about travelling warmly recommended ..." (Radio Hessen)

"...good to read, amusing, informative, entertaining ..." (Radio Sueddeutschland)

"...lots of good advice amusing and well written ..." (Suedwest Press)

"...the ultimate book of tips ..." (taz)

"...indispensable invaluable worth it's weight in gold ..." (Funk Uhr)

"...the tips are priceless like detective stories ... " (Radio Hundert)

"...tested advice presented in an amusing way ..." (Spiegel Spezial)

"...essential travel advice ... good fun to read..." (Dates)

"...the author has experienced the most unbelievable adventures ... the book gives tips unknown to the rest of the world ..." (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)

"...Ex-banker Müller has written an amusing book, not just for tourists, but also for hesitant non- travellers. His dramatic experiences are enough to satisfy even those who sadly ask: "Isn't it dangerous to travel?" They needn't worry! When they've read this book, they won't ask any more ..." (Die Zeit)

Contents
  • FOREWORD
  • PREPARATION
  • PLANNING
  • DEAR MONEY
  • THE TOURIST TRAP': ALL ABOUT THIEVES; SWINDLERS, CONMEN
  • SECURITY
  • HEALTH
  • LUGGAGE
  • DEPARTURE
  • ARRIVAL
  • INFO ON THE WAY
  • TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES
  • MISUNDERSTANDINGS
  • BEHAVIOUR
  • ATTAINABILITY
  • PROBLEMS
  • SOUVENIRS, SOUVENIRS
  • WAYS TO HEAVEN (RELIGIONS)
  • TRAVEL IN AN ORGANIZED GROUP
  • ECOLOGICAL TRAVEL
  • TRAVEL FOR WOMEN ON THEIR OWN
  • TRAVEL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
  • TRAVEL FOR THE DISABLED
  • TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
  • TRAVEL WITH PETS
  • LIVING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES
  • TRAVELLING WITH YOUR OWN VEHICLE
  • CAR-SHARING
  • LIFT CENTRES
  • HITCHHIKING
  • TREKKING
  • EPILOGUE
  • APPENDIX
  • Excerpts

    Excerpt 1:

    THE TOURIST TRAP: ALL ABOUT THIEVES, SWINDLERS, CONMEN

    A brainy man finds his best education in travelling.

    Goethe

    Arriving at your airport, you see a man holding a placard bearing your name. He explains that he is a driver of your hotel. You didn't expect that but think he must be genuine because he knows your name and your hotel. He does that, because he got the info over the phone from an airport employee who handled the immigration card you filled in. What happens next can be a meandering, expensive journey to your hotel, a rape, a kidnap, an attack or worse if he takes to his friends waiting in a dark corner with a nice collection of knives. In such a case call your hotel for confirmation before you enter the car.

    Immediate payment at check-in on the first hotel night at check-in has the advantage that your passport is not kept back in the reception as bond and that misunderstandings or "misunderstandings" can all be cleared up before one is committed. This could be $50 instead of $15, amount quoted in dollars rather than local currency, taxes and service included or not, rates per bed rather than per double room. Trust is a good thing, but a Kalashnikov is better!

    A popular trick with petty thieves is to lean through an open window and take valuables from the sills, tables or night tables in your absence or even presence! often by "fishing" with a stick and hook. Should you see this happening, whatever you do don't hold onto the stick as it may be embedded with needles or razor blades. Even better, always keep your windows closed and store your valuables in a (preferably lockable) drawer or wardrobe, or locked in your luggage, at least hidden under the bed. One little-known but effective device is what you might call a 'book safe' a book hollowed out with a Stanley knife and glued together, which can be a secure hiding place for small valuables in a hotel room. There are also book safes which you can lock with a key. Members of the criminal classes tend not to be avid readers of the Bible. A 'cache' like this won't attract attention in any case, precisely because it is often a normal feature of the hotel scene.

    Sometimes monkeys have been trained to jump into hotel rooms and pick objects.

    Be on your guard, if the "health team" knocks at the door of your hotel room. "I am Dr. Eisenbart, this is nurse Julia. An infection broke out in this hotel. Nothing very dangerous! But please take this pill to be on the safe side. Get a glass of water from your bathroom for the purpose." Hotel guests who let the couple enter, woke up hours later from deep agony without wallet, purse, golden watch etc. They were lucky that nothing worse happened to them.

    Even more convincing is the chamber maid in black dress with white apron: "Can I make up the room, please?" Hotel guests let her in and withdrew to the balcony, not to disturb her during work. Money and jewellery gone.

    Excerpt 2:

    Be warned that most Arab states don't give visas if your passport contains an Israeli visa or even just an Egyptian or Jordanian border-stamp, from which a visit to Israel can be ascertained. Should you come across this problem, you can get a second passport. This can also be useful to apply for visas to several countries simultaneously (the time for visa-applications can, for some exotic countries, take as much as two or more weeks) or, in order to enter repeatedly into countries that admit only stays of at most six months per calendar year (like Sri Lanka). If you have only a short time to deal with the details of the visa-application, which can include up to three visits to the consulate in the case of some exotic countries, your travel- agent or a visa-agency with well-oiled connections will do the job for a fee. You will find the address in the telephone book of the capital, the internet or from telephone- information. Many countries like Australia, Indonesia, some of the Central American areas, especially many Caribbean islands insist upon the presentation of a return or continuation-ticket. This is occasionally even necessary for your onward flight towards a destination (so that the carrier doesn't risk having to take back any passenger without payment). Often, the proof of sufficient means of payment is accepted instead (e.g. in form of traveller's checks or an MCO = Miscellaneous Charge Order = a voucher useable with IATA-agencies, without other specific usefulness. IATA means International Air Traffic Association. It is a union of approximately 230 noble-airlines, that mutually acknowledge the tickets of the member companies.) Some Arabic countries require the presentation of a birth certificate together with a visa application.

    Do not confuse the validity of your visa (= date of latest possible entry) and the duration of your stay (= time between entry and departure). The latter appears often only on the entry-stamp and should be checked there immediately. If a friendly border official extends it, ask him not to change it by hand to a later date, but by applying a new stamp. Otherwise you might later have difficulties in proving that you didn't make the changes yourself.



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