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What happens to people and things at high altitudes

Last week during our Salar de Uyuni tour we reached heights of up to 5,000 metres above sea level. At these heights, many things can happen so here are some recommendations:

  • Nails become very brittle so use nail strengthener if you don't want stumpy fingers (two of mine snapped off).

  • Your skin and lips will be ultra dry due to both the dry climate and the wind, so take a good quality lip balm and some moisturiser.

  • Take a few rolls of toilet paper with you.

  • The nights are very cold. Pack thermals, long socks and a wooly hat.

  • Everything in tubes squirts out all in one go (like my foundation), so open them every few hundred metres as you climb.

  • You may get a wild headache – I tried Ibuprofen and Aspirin but I believe this only fades with acclimatisation (apparently about 15 days).

  • Further to that, I've been told that garlic can help, so pack some garlic pills.

  • You feel more tired and it's harder to climb up hills, so avoid alcohol, sleep more and walk slowly.

  • Batteries wear out faster so take spare batteries and keep them warm (I slept with mine).

  • Finally….static electricity is created merely by getting in or out of your sleeping bag so don't be surprised if you see and hear sparks in the middle of the night!

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Question: How do I get to or from the airport?

Answer: By checking www.toandfromtheairport.com!

Ingenious, really. It has all the information you need to know about
all the major airports of the world, and many small ones too. By
providing data such as the distance from the airport to the city
centre, what taxis and buses to take and how much you can expect to
pay, it solves those unrelenting logistical concerns that plague every
new out-of-towner.


Handy travel tip: Don´t touch the fruit!

The other day in the San Telmo markets in Buenos Aires I committed a great faux-pas. I touched the fruit at one of the grocery stalls. Avocados, specifically. I did know that you´re not meant to touch but it must have slipped my mind when I saw some ripe, voluptuous avocados just begging to be squeezed. ¨Are you going to buy those?¨ asked the woman at the store. ¨How much are they?¨ I asked back. Turns out they were twice the cost of the ones I´d just passed at another stall. So no, I said. ¨Well, you´ve been putting your hands all over them and having a feel,¨ she barked. And that´s when I remembered. You never touch the fruit and vegetables here. Instead, you ask for what you want and they pick and pack it for you. The lesson learnt was as firm (yet tender) as the avocados I ended up buying at half the price and spreading on my toast the next morning for breakfast.

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The door stop – an exemplary travel apparatus


 “What in the world is that?” I hear you ask, when you see the above photo. Why, it's a door stop! And boy, is it useful:

  • Women travelling alone can use it as extra door security

  • It can be used to keep a door from banging shut when there is a draft

  • It can be used when there is no lock on a bathroom door


  • When out to lunch you can put it under a table leg to stop that wonky feeling on cobbled streets

Who would have thought that so much convenience could come at only $3.95 from Mitre 10?

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