Ingenious Hotel Hacks, According to Twitter

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In addition to being a forum for arguments sent across the world, Twitter can sometimes be a source of helpful information. For travelers, this was illustrated recently by Twitter user Rick Klau, who passed along a helpful hotel hack garnering over 400,000 likes. The trick? To close stubborn hotel room curtains letting in light and disrupting your precious sleep-in time, use one of the industrial-strength clothes hangers from the closet. Their clips will pull the fabric together and keep it shut.

This doesn’t work in rooms with hangers permanently affixed to the coat rack, but that’s OK. Users who caught Klau’s post provided a number of other tips that can be deployed by hotel occupants to make their next booking more comfortable, according to The Washington Post. Among them:

1. Use the USB port on the television.

If you can’t find a free outlet or one within easy reach, there might be a USB port on the hotel room set to use for charging electronic devices. (@MichaelHeide)

2. Isolate remote germs with a shower cap or ice bucket baggie.

If you’re apprehensive about touching the TV remote—long considered one of the most germ-infested surfaces in any hotel room—wrapping it in the shower cap or plastic wrapper for the ice bucket might ease your concerns. (@mshilary)

3. Use your ironing board as a desk.

Hotel desk or chair too low? You can break out the ironing board and adjust its height to make a temporary workspace. Keep it high enough and it’ll act as a standing desk. (@acroll)

4. Use the shower steam to press out clothes.

Take advantage of the steam from your shower by hanging your suit, shirt, or other wrinkled clothes from your suitcase on the back of the shower door. The steam will loosen the wrinkles. (@DrCSpencer)

5. Put the dry cleaning bag to good use.

Got dirty clothes? Grab the dry cleaning bag from the closet—apparently an endless MacGyver resource for hotels—and stuff your used attire inside so you know what to wash when you get home. (@ohmercy_me)

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Livestream of Brasov, Transylvania, Is Great for Virtual Vampire-Watching

The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
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If vampires were real, they would best be viewed from a distance. That makes a livestream of Brasov, Transylvania—a.k.a. Dracula's hometown—the ideal set up for vampire-watching.

According to Thrillist, this stream from Webcam Taxi provides a 24/7 look at Brasov's Old Town neighborhood. It's worth checking out just for the scenic view: You can see famous buildings like the 17th-century Black Church, with the Carpathian Mountains hedging the scene. For viewers more interested in the region's spooky reputation, the town is also home Bran Castle—one of the inspirations for Dracula's dwelling.

While researching his Gothic vampire novel at The British Museum, author Bram Stoker was struck by the Romanian landmark. His book describes Dracula's dwelling as sitting "on the very edge of a terrible precipice"—a characteristic it shares with the real-life castle just outside Brasov. The site is a tourist destination today, hosting tours and the occasional costume party. The attraction is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, which makes a virtual visit to Brasov especially appealing.

The Brasov cam streams around the clock, but serious vampire-spotters should wait until after sundown to make the most of the experience. This is one of several webcams for people with high patience levels and an interest in the supernatural. After vampire-hunting from home, see if you can spot Nessie in this Loch Ness livestream.