Things I have Left in Hotel Rooms
“But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way to find what I had really sought was something I had left behind.” Thomas West
iPod Nano – Panama City, Panama (It was replaced with the largest iPod available)
Shoe – Canal Zone, Panama (I got it back on the last day)
Hairbrush – Lima Peru (yes its true, no hair brushing for me in Peru)
Toothbrush – Prague , Czech Republic ( I bought one)
Toothbrush – Vilnius, Lithuania
Razor – Riga, Latvia (got one)
Passport – St Petersburg, Russia (I had to go back)
Phone – Cappadocia, Turkey (They found it but it was the biggest holiday in Turkey and no one was working to bring it to Istanbul)
Phone charger (most recent) – Edinburgh, Scotland and many other places throughout the years ( a hotel manager once showed me a box of the phone chargers they had collected that week)
Plug of country – I leave them in the outlet in every country.
New unworn silk scarf from Thailand – Washington, DC. (An expensive one – I have all the cheap stuff)
Favorite Blue Sweater – Las Vegas, Nevada (What you leave in Vegas stays in Vegas – sorry I couldn’t help myself)
Sweatpants, two shirts ,evil eye necklaces – Istanbul, Turkey
Apparently, the most common thing left behind after phone chargers is jewelry. This is followed by money, false teeth, retainers , clothing, medicine, books, laptops, iPads and wigs. Sex toys are another popular item which no one ever calls to claim. Grand Hotel Principe Piemonte hotel near Pisa once found a dog in one of their rooms, with little explanation or requests to return it to their owners. The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque hotel in Tenerife found a caged cockatoo in a room. The owners asked for it to be flown back to them in a private jet. Travel Lodge (the UK budget chain) found 75,000 teddy bears in their five hundred hotels in a year. In Australia, a woman checked out leaving her boyfriend handcuffed to the bed post. At the Novotel in Fiji, a couple left their baby. Neither the parents nor the baby seemed agitated or surprised when they were reunited.
What have you lost when traveling?