Travel Tip: Media Players

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We all know that our time spent on holiday is meant to be filled with outdoor activities but sometimes, especially on long trips, we just want to curl up in our hotel room and watch a movie. Laptops and Tablets are great for watching TV shows but, let’s face it, if we can get something out of the TV – all the better.

After years of travelling, I was introduced to the media player by a friend last year in Thailand. I know some people would have been using them for years, but it has revolutionised my ‘down time’. With a selection of input methods such as HDMI, RCA, Skart and VGA, it is easy to connect to any TV no matter how old it is. Complete with remote control, it is an essential tool when travelling for long periods, or with kids. Without trying to endorse any particular product, I won’t give the brand name of the one I’m using, but they can be found on Amazon, or most other electrical retailers. 

It’s a little bit like travelling around with my very own Skybox (filled with the TV shows I want to see). On those rainy days it’s a life saver …

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The ‘Wingin’ it’ Whip

Whip Round

We’ve all heard of a whip round. When a bunch of people get some cash together to help someone out or put to a good cause.

When travelling with two or more people, it can be a good idea to put your money together to pay for all the things you do as a group.

It can be to pay a bar tab or a restaurant bill – or use it to pay for entrance fees or a taxi fare. This tends to make life much easier and avoids the hassle of splitting checks or scrounging to find money for a drink at the airport etc.

Depending on the length of your trip, you might want to put £100 each of currency in an envelope to begin with, and add another 50 or 100 as needed.

Normally it’s the most sensible person in the group who is nominated to be ‘Chief Whip’ and look after the money – which doesn’t mean the ‘Chief Whip’ has to pay every bill, but all funds required by the group as a whole come out of the ‘pot’.

If someone wishes to go out for a drink on their own, or wants to buy cigarettes etc, then they are responsible for that and pay for it out of their own pocket.

There are one or two rules that can be set out amongst your friends, depending on how well you know them. Or though it’s important for everyone to have what they want to eat and drink – drinking triple brandies all night long, whilst everyone else is on small beers, could be considered a little over the top!

Over many trips – and years – the law of averages states that it works out fair, even if this time you end up stuck in your hotel room ‘bog bound’ with the two bob bits, whilst the rest of the gang go out for a night on the town – using money from the whip.

It all depends on how mature you and your friends are, and of course how well you know them, but it really saves a lot of hassle when on holiday with friends or family.

Make tea, not war

The air conditioning on long haul flights, can often leave you battling with a dry and even sore throat. Drinking hot black tea every hour or so helps to keep your mouth and throat moist, avoiding those mid-air Gremlins.

I discovered this when on a return flight from Malaysia to the UK. To my horror, when at the airport lounge, I realised I had packed my wallet into my suitcase, that had now been checked in. I was on a budget flight that wouldn’t let me have any food or water because I couldn’t pay for it.

The flight was 14 hours long. I told the stewardess my predicament and she only allowed me to have hot water from the kettle. The journey was torturous hell, but I realised the water helped me with my dry mouth during the long flight!