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Billys Buddy

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Touring Newbie - gift suggestions
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:02:35 PM »
In June I will be landing in Brussels to start a 6 month slow trek through Europe on my new recumbent trike.  I am gleaning lots of information from ou folks here.  It is a great site.

Question:  What kinds of things/items should I be carrying to offer hosts who allow me to sleep on there property? 

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Re: Touring Newbie - gift suggestions
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 10:07:03 AM »
This is a great topic! Personally I would not recommend to carry any gift as it will take too much space and add too much weight to your bike. There are plenty of other ways to thank people who welcome you. You can use any of your personal skills. For example I know a guy who carry a muppet and did ventriloquist shows to his hosts. You probably heard of Biciclown who do clown / juggler show as he travels. You can do magic tricks like Stephane does. You can cook some of your country specialties for them (I like to do that). Perhaps you are a good photographer, then you can shoot pictures of them, their friends, their village and their home and share them with them in one way or another. Some people carry musical instruments. Perhaps you're a good singer. You can also share some of your mp3 music from wherever you are. I have a girlfriend who carry stuff to do aquarel and draws as she travels and gives some of them away - that's another good idea. Just find something you like to do and don't require you to carry large supplies. Because if you start to carry gift, then you have to start to think how many you should carry. Then who is the special host you should give it to. Then what will you do once you run out? Plus, I think it is more meaningful to give something you did or created yourself. Later on, make sure you share updates of your adventure with them by mail or email, send them pictures or videos of your trip and of the time you spent with them. What I would highly DO NOT recommend is to offer money. Fist it can offend them, second it creates a weird host-traveler relationship. Then it becomes something expected like it is now in may touristic regions in developping countries. Good luck and let us know what you ended up doing.

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Re: Touring Newbie - gift suggestions
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 09:44:49 PM »
Excellent advice there from diegotailwind.

As he said just an email occasionally makes a world of difference to your new found friends. I've now accumulated a list of over 300 people that I have met over the last years travelling. Many of them are absolutely delighted to receive an email, and always ask when I will be returning.

It doesn't have to be much, just a short message telling them where you are, attach a few pictures, and await the kind friendly reply.

If you are sending emails anyway then just batch post them to your hosts as and when. I normally batch send to about 30 people at a time.

good luck with your travels.
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