5 tips on how NOT to travel through the desert

Do we have a spare tire? “No” Can you please pass me the water? “No” CAN YOU CALL SOMEBODY? “Actually…no”

One great thing with this category “travel tips” is that we can turn our most improbable mistakes into something extremely useful (without pretending it was actually us who made these embarrassing blunders).

Having said that, here are five tips on how NOT to travel through the desert:

  1. Before you go to the car rental to pick up your desert vehicle, make sure that you booked a four-wheeler and not a KIA Picanto. Having heavy trucks constantly overtaking you while driving this tiny city car will build up the sort of compressed air that makes you feel like you are constantly going backwards, in a tumble dryer.
  2. No matter what type of car you choose to travel with (unfortunately we booked that KIA Picanto), never, we mean never, forget a spare tire. This mistake we never made but who would imagine that we actually would have needed TWO of them!!
  3. When you are stuck in the desert (like we were), changing tire (of course), make sure you have plenty of water. Passing cars are usually very helpful but it is a pretty scary feeling standing in the middle of nowhere, without what every five-year-old knows is a top-priority in the desert.
  4. Later on, when you for the second time have to change  tire (still, without any water) then it’s interesting to see that your mobile phone might not have any coverage (trust us, this is a hundred times scarier than being without water). If you know how to do smoke signals, it maybe makes you feel like a true survivor but remember that nobody actuallly understands how to read these signs nowadays anyway.
  5. Bring music, lots of music. You will need entertainment since it will take a long, long time before the next car passes by and offers you a lift to the nearest gas station.

Posted on December 12, 2011, in WTF and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey both of you. just see U still having good times !!!!
    Enjoy your stay there, there are plenty of good french restaurants 😉
    And if someday’s you want to try a trip to Bordeaux and his “chateaux”… I’ll be your guide !!!!
    Warm hug

  2. Hi Laurent, really nice to see you here. Would be fantastic to catch up again, perhaps in 2012?! The chateaux idea sounds appealing ; )

  3. Since I live in Bordeaux (march 2011), my adress book is growing faster than wine grapes !!!!
    Come over, but just tell me before if you prefer Medoc, Sauternes or Saint-Emilion…

  4. I know that you gonna be right in your answer…. It’ll be better to taste all of them 😉

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