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The two men, a thirty-something head servant and a teenaged second servant, would sit on the couch and watch TV if no one else was in the living room. As soon as I came out from my bedroom and entered the living room, they jumped to attention and turned off the TV. Even if I told them I didn’t need anything, they remained standing, awaiting orders.

One night, with nothing else to do, I tried to join them in watching the Field Hockey World Cup on television. Not knowing much about the sport, I sensed an opportunity to strike up a conversation, learn the game, and get to know some of the locals. No dice.

When I tried to join them on the couch, they slid the remote control over to me, stood, and positioned themselves at the ready behind the couch. I asked them to sit. They wouldn’t. When prompted, they would politely answer questions about the sport but clearly were not looking to engage much beyond that. Feeling uncomfortable and frustrated, I gave up and returned to my room.

Nearly all of the residents in the corporate housing apartments were Westerners. We were oblivious to what is considered “normal” servant behavior. Frankly, most of us felt guilty asking them to do anything. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these men had far more freedom than a typical house servant, as hard as that is to believe. Normally, servants would never sit on the furniture, much less watch TV. They are expected to find busywork when not needed and to crouch, rather than sit on their master’s furniture. No wonder they wouldn’t open up some Kingfishers and watch the game with me.

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Magnifying Glass IconThis post is part of our Travel Product Review series. At Tortuga Backpacks, we love to find the perfect tool for the job. We couldn’t find the perfect travel backpack, so we created it. When we find other great products, we like to let you know about them with a review. The following review was unpaid and unsolicited. It reflects the opinion of its author only and is based on his/her own experiences.

The guide said the water at Milla Milla Falls would be “refreshing.” I knew what that meant. Even Tropical North Queensland has dreary days during the Australian winter, and this was one of them. Since the falls were one of the highlights of the tour, five of us decided to steel ourselves against the elements and go for a swim.

Even though the water was freezing, we were able to swim in and around a waterfall so isolated and picturesque that it has been used as a location in music videos and commercials. Totally worth it.

Once we had all lost feeling in our extremities, we trudged back to the van, shivering. Soaking wet, with a long ride back to Cairns ahead, I had the opportunity to test out a new addition to my travel gear arsenal: the REI MultiTowel Lite.

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As far as I’m concerned, this topic is NOT up for debate. Hence this manifesto. Jeans are the best travel pants, without question. The opposition’s arguments are, frankly, wrong. Let’s look at both sides of the case.

The Case AGAINST Jeans

Jeans Take Up Too Much Space
Since jeans can be worn in a variety of situations and are durable enough for repeated (read: daily) wear, you only need one pair for short trips. Wear them on your flight, and they won’t take up any space in your bag. Next?

Jeans Are Too Hard to Wash (or Dry)
No, jeans are not easily washed by hand in a tiny hostel sink, nor will they dry in a few hours like some technical fabrics. I’ll concede those points. However, jeans need to be washed very infrequently, rendering this argument moot. Worst case scenario: if your jeans start to get too smelly, steal a few squirts of someone’s Febreeze. Problem solved.

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