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Today's tech-savvy world requires a lot of equipment to stay "plugged-in." Cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players all require power cords to recharge. Since these items don't need to be plugged in all the time, it's easy to forget your power cords when checking out of a hotel.
Increase your chances of recovery by writing your name and contact information on a piece of masking tape and securing the tape to your power cord. Be sure to write clearly, and use an indelible marker, such as a Sharpie, so the information will not smear or rub off.
Before you check out, simply grab all the cords with your name on them. If you accidentally forget one, you can easily call the hotel and say, "I forgot my cord. Mine is the one with my name and address on it."
Many destinations, particularly in Europe, offer free downloads of maps, audio tours, and podcasts through official city government and tourism websites. Self-guided sightseeing tours of cities and major attractions, such as the Louvre, may also be available through Apple's iTunes website. Some tours may require a small fee to download, but they're usually less than $15.
The advantage of learning about the city before your arrival is that you can maximize your time by doing those things you really want to do, rather than trying to figure out your schedule while on the ground. Also, being oriented upon arrival just makes you feel more confident and excited about your adventure.