As a no-budget traveler, you’ve been there: trying to sleep in your hostel bed after an exhausting day of sightseeing, your roommates come in drunk in the wee hours, snore loudly or forget to turn off their 6 a.m. alarm. You want to nab a few winks on a train or bus, but can’t seem to ignore the voices around you, vigorously discussing nothing important. Or maybe there are other sounds you’re trying to block and your iPod just isn’t doing the trick: I once sat on a transatlantic flight next to a young man chewing tobacco who spit into a bottle every 30 seconds of the entire nine hours. NINE HOURS of spitting.
For you, my friend, this most excellent freebie: professional-strength earplugs. I’ve linked you directly to the “combo pack” selection, which includes four different models to try; however, please shop around the website and see if you like something else they have on offer.
NB: since I discovered this freebie, they have added a qualifier on the request page:
Please note: we reserve the right to qualify requests and will not send to public domains or personal email accounts.
So if you want to try this one, be ready to use something other than a free email account. It also can’t hurt to include a reason and catalog request in the comments form. Because once these earplugs have rescued you, you may well wish you had a bulk supply!