I love to travel. As someone who has traveled to many different countries, I have found great differences in standards like restrooms. I found holes in the floor in Saudi Arabia, porta-pots that lock and self-clean in France and quite often a rock to hide behind. According to Travel & Leisure, the world’s best public restrooms are in Daimaru Department Store in Tokyo. I might have to check it out.
Having recently returned from a trip to Spain and Morocco with a 4-year old, I am very familiar with public restrooms there. I have to say that in Spain we went to bars in every city. My local friends said that they are very receptive to letting non-patrons use the facilities (didn’t hurt that I have a small child either). I found most of them to be very clean and fully stocked – by stocked I mean toilet paper and paper towels. There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing that there is no toilet paper.
So next time you are traveling anywhere I recommend packing plenty of tissues and hand sanitizer just in case – oh and find the nearest bar :-).