The travel guide for when you’ve really lost it
A cheeky riposte to the glossy representation of travel that revels in all that is hard about travel, revealing that the worst experiences nearly always end up being the best.
“This infinitely handy, irreverent bullet-pointed code of conduct (and misconduct) abroad revels in a kind of anti-Wish You Were Here ethos. Expect the worse, then turn to this to find ideas, answers and, best of all, comfort in the sod’s law of holiday-going” – The Scotsman
No Shitting In The Toilet was my first book and my foot in the door. It started life as a website, hosted on the free 1MB of space that came with my dial-up account.
It was named after a sign I saw on the door of the toilet in Jack’s Cafe in Dali, China. It was written in English and featured a picture of a squatting man, struck through with a red line, just like the smouldering cigarette in a ‘No Smoking’ symbol. The toilet was of the ‘hole-in-the-ground’ variety and just in case you didn’t get the message, Jack had put a fine mesh over the hole.
To me the sign summed up everything I love about travel. It is unexpected and illogical and that is what makes it exhilarating.
Nor should it be taken so seriously. Hence, the advice in No Shitting in the Toilet is very much tongue-in-cheek.
Yet it could be the best advice you’ll ever get.