tunnsey

tunnsey

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    I'm going to be travelling through Central and South America for 12 months or more.

    Less is more. Over the years I have learned to rely on just one pack that can be easily schlepped whether from airport to hotel or for hours while hiking. It is a lot easier to navigate crowded streets/buses/trains and peace of mind not having to worry about "stuff" that most likely you'll find you'll never need anyway. Yes, many hostels have left luggage if you go away on side trips and return, but that too can be restricting and can dampen spontaneity if you have to always go back somewhere to pick up bags. Safer too, being encumbered can make you vulnerable or targeted. You may well be taking a lot of buses and what you can't fit in the tiny overhead space ( if there is one) will be taken off your hands & strapped to the roof or cargo hold. If not being able to keep an eye makes you nervous, then stick with one bag that's easier to manage and keep on your person. Pack less, do laundry along the way ( lots of lavanderias peppered in many places & it helps the local economy), buy the odd clothing along the way if you need it and enjoy the freedom that comes with traveling light! over 7 years ago

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    A friend from England with a 90-day passport was coming to see me. She was told she would need 700 pounds cash on hand before flying. True?

    There are many possible flags or details about a traveler's ticketing or itinerary that can prompt asking for proof of sufficient funds. I think it can and does vary from person to person. I have crossed many borders where suficient funds/return ticket are clearly stipulated in the entry requirements information but was never asked to show proof. Not sure about how something at Heathrow could be scamming-it's either the airline check in desk or immigration that would convey those details to your friend, so doubtful it's a scam. Best thing is to look at the State Department's website for more infromation: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html#3 over 7 years ago

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    Best bars on weekend?

    Hey there! I know you'll be back, so here's my list aside from the wonderful Jupiter: Triple Rock Brewery in downtown Berkeley The Albatross on San Pablo at University (15 min walk from Bart) Lanesplitters-great pizza and outdoor back area. San Pablo @ University eVe on University & Milvia (near Bart). Bit more loungey style in the outdoor deck in the back The Pub on Solano Avenue-North Berkeley. outdoor deck in front to see passers by on Solano. Not near Bart. Good beers and tobacco selection Raleigh's on Telegraph The Missouri Lounge-San Pablo @ Parker. Down home not fancy locals place starting to get trendy with hipsters. Huge outdoor area Downtown Oakland also has a slew of places...but you didn't ask about those! ;) over 7 years ago

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    For a 2-day stay in New Orleans, what are the "must-try" restaurants and "must-do" activities?

    Not sure when you are going so hopefully these tips are still relevant. I always check out foodandwine.com to get a view of the latest places to check out and the New York Times has a series of "36 hours in..." I am sure they have done one for New Orleans. The third I do is check out the reservation listings for a given city on Opentable.com. They organize some restaurants by most popular and that also can be a proxy for what is hot and 'don;t moss". Enjoy! over 7 years ago

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    Its is safe in Japan Tokyo for holiday??

    Great and thorough answers I can't add to other than to also look at www.is-japan-safe.com for additional links and articles. over 7 years ago

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    What are the best summer music festivals in Europe?

    Depends on the type of music you are into, but If you like electronic music, Sonar in Barcelona can't be beat (no pun intended!). It's in June over a weekend, and the streets and stages everywhere are jammed with music and dance parties well into the night and wee hours of the morning. magically pulsating time to be in a great city! over 7 years ago

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    Do you have advice when considering volunteer tourism?

    Lots of different views to this topic, which can get quite heated! One possible good source for you is http://voluntourismgal.wordpress.com/ where she posts perspectives, trip ideas and operators. She was in Nepal this last year too, so she may have posted details of that trip too. Have a look and do a search around for Nepal information. There is also a list of other sustainable and voluntourism bloggers/websites there. over 7 years ago

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    At Epcot, is viewing Illuminations from a cruise boat worth the cost

    Hmmmm....It's been years since I have been there, but I do recall enjoying the illuminations fro the grounds of the park. You get the chance to walk around and see it from different angles as much as from a boat. You get a great vibe from the crowd around you too. In other words, you wont miss out by seeing them from 'land' and I can't see how the cost of a boat trip would give you that $-worth more of an experience. over 7 years ago