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I'm looking for some ideas for Thailand - we've got 16 days between leaving Chiang Mai in early December to flying out of Bangkok just before Christmas, and trying to figure out where to go and how to get around for our family (2 adults, 2 boys - ages 7 and 9).
I've never been to Thailand although my husband has a number of times and seems to believe we can show up and get a beach hut on the spot for $4/night. I'm starting to suspect that Thailand has become a tad more of a popular destination since the last time he went there ;P
I'm not looking for massive tourist infrastructure akin to a huge resort (sounds like this may describe Phuket?), nor are we looking for wild dances on the beach in the moonlight ... but a mid-range hostel/hotel would be fine, costing anywhere from $20-$100/night ... preferably under $50 for the four of us. We're open to moving around a bit... more »
i have a youth mobility visa for the uk in my old nz passport which is about to expire. the cost to transfer the visa to my new passport is £220!
the uk border agency webite states that you can keep you visa in your old passport and that you just have to show both your old and new passport to get back into the uk.
can anyone give me any advice, like has anyone had trouble using their visa in an old passport? what would you recommend? i'd like to save myself the money, but don't want to have any hassles getting through immigration into the uk.
Could anyone comment on how REI brand backpacks compare to competitors like Osprey, etc.? I've been looking around, both in store and online, and REI's own brands usually are less expensive than comparable products from other brands. Does the cheaper price also usually mean a product that is not as durable as its competitors? I'd be willing to spend about US$100 more on something like an Osprey or others if that means getting a backpack that's going to be that much better and last that much longer but if REI's gear is just as good, I'll go with that.
And any additional reviews on this, which is what I'm favoring at the moment?
Twice within the last week I have run into someone from the UK commenting that something is "right up my street." (An idiom for "well suited to one’s tastes, interests, or abilities")
As an American, I would say it's"right up my alley." A bit of searching gets me comments that "street" is "chiefly British." Google Ngrams seems to confirm it.
Is it? Do people in other English speaking places use street or alley?
Are there similar idioms in other languages?
I tried first before posting it here. Please if this is in the wrong forum, let me know where to post it.
I did some research in the internet but couldn't find much... so maybe this entry will help me... :)
here the situation:
- Need to fly to China (Beijing) or South Korea (Seoul ) by end of May 2012
- or through Tibet, but I heared its quiet costly with the guide... (50 USD, per day)
I have extra freight, my bicycle (about 20kg weight)
plus about 30 kg (I maybe can take clothes and hand luggage out so 20 kg possible for weight)
Which Airline should I take to avoide extra cost for the bicycle??
To which Airport in China or south Korea should I fly to keep the flight cost low?
If there are cheaper ways from Inida, I can go back to India and fly from Calcutta or Dehli, no problem!!
ANY ADVICE?????? Who did the same before??? or maybe planing t... more »
for my france trip, i thought i'd buy the michelin road atlas when i get there. Can you tell me where to go to buy one.
Also looking online at amazon, it seems they stopped producing the classic road atlas. Is that correct?
If its not available new, what is the next best thing i should buy?
So my passion is travel, which has served me well in my career fields first in the military, then as an international educator, and finally (and now) as a humanitarian. While I think lots of ESL teachers and NGO workers can put a good portion of their salary aside (I know I can), as we often live/work in relatively poor areas and have many of our expenses (house) paid for, most of us also don't make enough to retire with a huge chunk of cash and/or have pension programs available (none existent at my NGO), which leaves us with significant (although not exceptional) savings, but little plan for a dedicated pension/retirement plan. For those of you in these fields who are starting to think about the future, what plans do you make? Advice? investments? I would love to hear your stories and advice.
-TBri (currently living/working in Afghanistan) more »
Just returned from a visit to Accident & Emergency here at home in France.
About 10 days ago, my left ankle started swelling, no pain, nothing ... ignored it & slept with pillows under it for a few days, every morning it was fine.
The last few mornings half of my calf was slightly red on waking up, no pain, ankle started to swell during the day. This is the same leg that I damaged my meniscus & cartilidge 14months ago.
This morning I woke up with some pain in my big toe, my foot was totally swollen & leg was red. Petrified it might have been a blood clot I took myself off to hospital.
They've carried out an ultrasound, no sign of any clotting etc (thankfully) have said it's an infection & there's a lot of water around my ankle. I've got anti-biotics. However the worrying bit was the ultrasound guy told me that there was a lot of movement of lymphs in my leg which was '... more »
I am wondering if this scenario is possible regarding visas. I would fly into Delhi in June (a few years from now) cycle to Shimla and do the Manali-Leh-Srinagar route and then cross to Pakistan at Amritsar, up the KKH highway to Kashgar, and then through Kazahkstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey.
I am aware that you can no longer get a Pakistan visa en route, only in your home country.
I am Canadian and would apply for the visit before I left.
My questions are..
Are there any big difficulties with getting any of these visas going East to West? Also where to get each of the visas?
Does 6 months seem feasible for this route?
Turning 30 next year and looking for suggestions on where to go. I am a single Canadian female. I've traveled alone around Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Bahamas so far.
I can definitely take care of myself but would like to go to a "female friendly" part of the world where I won't be followed by men (happened in the Bahamas). Made me really uncomfortable.
I am open to suggestions for anywhere outside of North America.
Budget is about $3,000. Will be flying out of Vancouver or Seattle.
So... here's the dilemma...
My partner and I are avid travellers and we would like to incorporate this love with our love for each other by getting married abroad.
It will be only the two of us attending our wedding (plus some two witnesses that we pull of the street/mountain side/dirt track/wherever) and the prospect of a run off the mill 'Thompson Travel' wedding package doesn't appeal in the slightest.
We are both British and live in Abu Dhabi, UAE, so our preferred continents would be Asia or Africa purely due to convenience to get to.
Has anyone done this? Can you advise on a nice, preferably off-the-beaten-track, location? Do you know about the paper work and legal requirements involved for your recommended location?
(I originally wanted to pair it with our planned trip to Myanmar but weddings there are not recognised in the UK - Boo!)
All and any help would b... more »
It's a bit of a concern that the medication I take must be taken regularly and when i've been away on short breaks since starting it, i've carried some in my purse. I don't know what to think about going somewhere with healthcare that would not be able to assist me if it got lost, stolen or I needed some help. I'd love to goto SE asia for a few weeks but the medication I take is quite new stuff and I doubt they would have it. Anyone else in the same boat? Basically I want to go away for a few weeks soon and am feeling restricted and frustrated because of the health aspect. I don't know if I should be so worried. Any thoughts?
Silly title, I know. I call it "sandwich" because I am currently in my first year of college here in the U.S. (going into my second year) and plan to go on gap year on my third year (not study abroad).
My dad actually put this out there for me since he traveled around Europe at my age (U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland), working at different hotels and resorts as a waiter/busser/cleaner/whatever was available. I want to have a similar experience as my dad. It will be really good experience for me too since I am an aspiring designer and would love to see the different design cultures in Europe (and sketch, sketch, sketch, draw, sketch, sketch, sketch their architecture).
I have a few questions:
- My dad told me that in his day, all you needed to do was walk in a hotel, show that you could speak that country's language and you could be hired for the day/week/however long ...
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