LisaF

LisaF

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    Is there someplace in Ubud where I can buy fabric and have dresses made?

    Yes there is. I found a great little shop on Jalan Hanoman (opposite to Nurs Salon) that made clothes. I'd recomend you go fabric shopping in Denpasar though, there is one street next to the markets full of fabric shops and the range/price is amazing. In Ubud, the silk was from Java and was lower quality. over 7 years ago

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    Traveling to Dubai for a family trip in june. Can we wear shorts and tank tops?

    It’s fairly hot in Dubai so wearing light clothing is a good idea, but be mindful of the cultural sensitivities to "skimpy" clothing for women. It’s a very modern city, so wear what you would consider appropriate if you were walking around your own city. (Unless you live on a deserted island and only wear bikini bottoms!) I always err on the side of caution, so recommend smart casual and ditch the tank tops. Dress shorts are ok, and steer clear of the belts disguised as shorts. over 7 years ago

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    Is altitude sickness always a problem in Tibet?

    Its a common problem in Tibet, and can be minimised. There are numerous causes of altitude sickness, mostly to do with the rate of ascent and dehydration. Drink plenty of water and go slow! The precentage of oxygen in the air at higher altitudes is less than at lower temps - and apart from carrying a heavy oxugen tank there is little you can do to avoid this. I also found chewing raw garlic helped and stopping a lot for a cup of tea. Mind you - ther result was I didnt get kissed too often on my trek! over 7 years ago

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    My son is travelling and working in Australia. He has the medicare card - how can he get top up cover for repatriation?

    You cannot top up Medicare. Medicare covers ambulance in Queensland for residents, and in Victoria for the elderly, every other state you have to pay. Medicare covers emergency medical in public hospitals, and it does not cover repatriation. Sometimes a hospital will pay for a repatriation back to the patients home country if it is considered a cheaper option than remaining. ie If he were in a Sydney hospital at a cost of $5,000 per day and it was estimated he would be in hospital for 3months, then it would be cheaper for the Australian government to repatriate him to his home country. (if outside of Australia). I assume if he has a Medicare card he is Australian? He may then require health insurance for the extra's like ambulance, dental, etc. If he is not Australian and coming into Australia, then he would need travel insurance. over 7 years ago

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    Inexpensive beach for retirement. Suggestions please

    Indonesia has some magnificent inexpensive beaches that I could imagine myself retiring to! Beyond Bali there are also some other lovely areas, Nusa Penida, Lombok, Gillis, Flores. Keep in mind there are visa issues for longer term stays, and also if you plan to purchase land/house/business etc, there are strict guidelines for foreign ownership. over 7 years ago

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    I'm just starting to plan a trip and wondered if there are any top tips you would share?

    My decision making on where to go and what to do is a bit more conservative these days, but back in my day...... I would throw a dart at a map of the world and that was were I went. I figured you couldn't really go wrong (except if the dart landed smack bang in the middle of a war zone). I then worked for a company where travelling was a large part of my job, and also got to experience some pretty magical places. Now - with family in tow, and knowledge of "what can happen" I still like to go to adventurous places, but I plan it a bit better. If you want to start out in a volunteer role, why not look at a few websites to get a feel of whats on offer. Projects Abroad Red Cross International Unicef AusAid (Australia) I volunteered in Cambodia last year with the Tabitha Foundation - the experience changed the life I view life. Review your skills and what you can bring to the table as a volunteer (its not as easy as it sounds) and then do a search on various organisations that could use you. Medical? Hospital of Hope/East Timor (any hospital in Africa) Logistics? Hands Across the water / Thailand Teaching? Numerous orphanages across South East asia and Africa Labour? Tabitha Foundation / Cambodia Hope this gives you something to start with. over 7 years ago

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    May I wear sleeveless shirts while traveling throughout Turquey? I am not sure how to dress properly in order to respect their culture

    Hi Mara, Its so nice to see someone asking the question about dress codes and cultural sensitivities. In Turkey if you plan on visiting any sacred sites or mosques, sleeveless shirts would be considered inappropriate. Just like if you were planning on going inside a church, long sleeve shirts with long pants/dress shorts, skirts/dresses for women. In a mosque you will also need to take your shoes off and are expected to wear socks when inside. So pack a pair of socks in your daypack :) Smart casual clothing and decent flat walking shoes, with maybe one or two nicer outfits for restaurants. Lisa over 7 years ago

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    Does Nepal have animal/elephant rescue centers?

    Temple Tiger in Chitwain National Park suggest they do elephant conservation, however during my time there I could only really see that they just look after the elephants they have at the resort. I was quite sad on a morning safari (on elephant) when our ride kept kitting our elephant - Lucky Kali - on the head with what seemed to be a crow bar. He said the elephant didnt feel it, yet I'm sure I saw her flinch. She certainly reacted...... over 7 years ago