#TTOT Round-Up: Sleeping in Unusual Places

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Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT on “Sleeping in Unusual Places!” 

Q1 via AngelinaFoster: Where’s the most unusual place you’ve slept?

  • BeyondBlighty: On a campsite by Ngorongoro Crater where wild elephants were drinking from our shower tank
  • ailsapm: I slept in a sleeping bag on a boat in a storm. Woke up at other end of the boat cos I rolled the entire length of the boat asleep
  • giuliaccia: On a sand dune in the Wadi el Rayan desert, Egypt
  • mstarr1188: The post office. It was unlocked 24 hours and much cheaper than a hotel
  • kitwhelan: A Buddhist temple, a pod hotel, a camp in the Sahara, an old mining barracks…
  • roniweiss: Entryway of a squat in Greece
  • traveldudes: In my hammock on a night train in Vietnam

Q2 via goseewrite: Any tips for better sleep on planes or buses?

  • Inga_Ros: Bring a good travel partner. It’s much more comfy if you’re sleeping on someone’s shoulder
  • CurlyAdventurer: Pack an inflatable beach ball in your hand luggage – fits in that window/seat gap to make a perfect pillow
  • roniweiss: Pay extra for exit row, more leg room
  • connvoyage: Don’t sleep the night before, spend it partying with friends. Get on the plane/train/bus exhausted = dead asleep. Works every time
  • ehalvey: Benadryl and booze may not be the *best* idea, but it works
  • hotels4u_com: Try sit by the window on a plane or bus! You’ll drift away without falling asleep on a strangers shoulder
  • Travelbite: Neck pillow and earplugs
  • SarahDuff: Blow up pillow, ipod with really good headphones (and a chilled playlist), and melatonin
  • ae_carhire: A belly full of food and wine, should help you sleep just fine


Q3 via World_Out_There: What’s the best technique for getting a dorm buddy to stop snoring?

  • kelaussie29: Smelling salts you get in SE Asia work well. Get them to sniff whether awake or waft under their snoring noses and they will stop
  • TopdeckTravel: I like the classic shove or shoe throwing
  • traineecloggie: A spray bottle and good aim
  • meljbel: Best thing to do is fall asleep before them
  • sidetripca: If it’s a close buddy, arm under the neck works. Not so close, duct tape
  • erintweets: If I have to be awake, they should too! I say wake ’em right up
  • kitwhelan: I love my white noise sounds from the Ambience iPhone app
  • executiveoasis: Very simple. Buy Kwon Loong Oil in Chinatown or Asia. Put a few drops in a bowl. Fill with boiling water. Vapors ease breathing


Q4 via hobonora: Show us a picture of the coolest place you’ve ever slept

kelaussie29: Slept with sea gypsies in Indonesia

ailsapm: Jungle bungalow in Tikal surrounded by howler monkeys

itravel81: In a mud house in the Thar Desert

SarahDuff: Namib Desert

timmermansr: Camping on a frozen lake under the Northern Lights

LandLopers: Hobbit house in New Zealand

Q5 via goseewrite: The best place you have slept out under the stars?

  • feehatesrain: Camping under the stars in a swag at the bottom of Uluru, Ayers Rock in Australia
  • LateralMovement: On a net at the front of a boat cruising through the Whitsundays. Spectacular
  • RainTravels: With millions of young people during the World Youth Day in Manila
  • SaraKateTravel: Even tho big window wasn’t open, the view of stars and full moon over Polish/Ukrainian countryside from night train was spectacular
  • LandingStanding: Slept in the Atacama Dessert in Chile… But it was cloudy
  • halfofjess: Beaches in Thailand are perfect. Sipandan in Laos. And on a liveaboard in the Similans. Stars PLUS night diving
  • JTSpurs: Definitely Mongolia. Cold but I’ve never seen so many stars

And there you have it, “Sleeping in Unusual Places!”  

Next week’s #TTOT topic is: “Package Tours!” Submit your questions HERE!

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Have YOU got anything to add to the “Sleeping in Unusual Places” discussion? 

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