Why do we have to surrender our passports to hotels?
It’s not as if they’re national security and they can just as easily cover your expenses and the risk of flight with a credit card.
Because let me tell you you’re always safer when you’ve got your passport in your possession.
Preferably behind lock and key in the safe in your room.
Or if you need to take it out with you then you’ve only yourself to blame if you lose it.
Yes, it can be pickpocketed but I always think that your front pocket is the best place to keep the passport and the wallet.
And just make sure that you never come close to brushing people in a busy market.
So, why am I hot under the collar over hotels or guest houses taking your passport.
Because there is always the danger that somebody may pick yours up by mistake.
Which is what happened in Tenerife last month when a fellow British traveller picked mine up by mistake and then went walkabout in town.
Nor did the girl at reception seem particularly bothered as she continued to try to sell hotel goodies to people as I slowly boiled with frustration.
You’ve got my passport
My fellow traveller was deeply apologetic when everything was resolved but I didn’t necessarily blame him as accidents happen.
The thing is that the situation should never exist in the first place.
Of course, every holiday has its hiccups and it in no way marred a wonderful visit to Tenerife which is officially my favourite Spanish island now…
Follow www.webtenerife.com, and read my thoughts on this magical island https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/tenerife-walk/
Yes magical, but La Gomera and its whistlers may run it close if someone would care to invite me out there.
The old passport tripped me up again on my recent trip, out to Medjugorje in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Daniella took everyone’s passport in the party for safe keeping I guess but also for her own security, but she did give me mine back when I went to Sarajevo for the day.
I would need it for currency exchange.
Where it went wrong though was because I have another passport too .
And when I got back, tired, I got in a muddle…. all of which I can explain here. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/10/23/on-the-road-to-dubrovnik/