LisaF

LisaF

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    Can anybody recommend a good place to camp for me and two kids (7and 4) not to far from Sydney (2hr max) site needs to have toilets

    Fantastic bigbilly! Hope you got a lot of great photos - it was certainly the weather to be outdoors. almost 7 years ago

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    Me and my family are planning a trip in USA: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington. What to see? Where can we eat good & cheap?

    Oh Stefano! You're going to three of my favourite American cities, Washington, Philadelphia and New York. (I've never been to Boston...) Philadelphia - there are numerous hotels downtown, however I would highly recommend you choose a boutique place in Society Hill which is a gorgeous suburb within walking distance to everything (on a good day) - or short taxi drive. Dont forget to have a phillie cheese steak sandwich. There is a diner on every corner that serves these (not literally) - but best place is at www.phillycheesesteak.com/ I also really loved going to Chickie and Petes in South Phillie before a game, they have a special taxi "Crab" for patrons to the game after indulging in beer and fries. www.chickiesandpetes.com/ I was taken to Cuba Libre for dinner one night www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/ as an introduction to Philadelphia - this has become one of my all time favourite restaurants! I used to just wander around and stop by delis and cafe's which were easy to find a place to eat/drink. Washington - there are certain parts of Washington you just don't go near, but staying close to the central business district, there are some great little family spots within walking distance to the museums, white house etc. The Raddison near Stanton is quite nice and affordable for family rooms. Finding a decent restaurant was a little bit of a chore in Washington, sadly one day I had to rely on Starbucks for my daily sustenance! (Sunday, not a lot open!) New York - My all time favourite. Standard Hotel for dinner and cocktails if your budget will allow - at dusk! Apart from that, the touristy places like Bubba Gumps, any little local restaurant in Soho, the Boathouse or my best meal there was a picnic I made for myself and ate in Central Park. Being Australian, I wasn't quite used to the amount of melted cheese on everything, or the large servings. My budget of $50per day for food was more than ample and in fact some days I went without breakfast or dinner because lunch was huge! about 7 years ago

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    Thailand for the mature traveller. Any ideas?

    Hi Graham, Your plans sound pretty exciting. Thailand caters for all travellers, I'm sure you will find something. Depending on your interests, there is quite a lot to do in Thailand. The National Parks in the north are home to some amazing villages where Hill tribes welcome you to spend time with them. There are also some great animals sanctuaries however I would advise you do some research before parting with money. There are some beautiful temples where you could spend hours wandering and exploring. Wat Phra Puttha Pha Nam comes to mind, a peaceful temple in the middle of the jungle where not too many tourists go. You have to climb over 400 steps to get there (so take plenty of water), and the effort is worth it! There are so many smaller islands in Thailand, it won’t be difficult to find a peaceful place away from drunken tourists. If you like scuba diving, the islands of Cora and Raya might interest you. They’re not too noisy and have some beautiful reefs to explore. Ko Adang is another one of the “quieter islands” where you can trek around for hours. Consider your fitness levels before heading there as the humidity is quite high. Enjoy your amazing holiday! Lisa over 5 years ago

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    Can anybody recommend a good place to camp for me and two kids (7and 4) not to far from Sydney (2hr max) site needs to have toilets

    My major seasonal favourites are: - Summer - Green Patch - Winter - Colo River In Autumn and Spring I like to go to the Blue Mountains because the air is crisp and clear and the bushwalking is stunning. over 7 years ago

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    Which surf school in Legian/Kuta is decent and affordable?

    Honestly, you can throw a tiny stone on any of the beaches and it will land on the sign for a surf school ;) I would probably head north though where the beaches are less crowded and the surf is so much better - Balian is a fantastic surf sport with a few schools that advertise on the beach, as is Canggu. Canggu is not that far from Legian, about a 30min drive at most - and Balian is about a 2hr drive along the coast. (You can hire a van + driver and head to these beaches). They're also really nice chill out places to stay and relax for a few days. about 7 years ago

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    Hi,I'm planning to travel to Kenya (nairobi) this July..will be doin safari..is it safe ?

    When you say is it safe - do you mean the country? Or doing a Safari? If you mean the latter, then make sure you chose a reputable safari company and listen to the "rules". Like, not jumping out of the car to get that close up of a lion etc. Some safari companies have dodgy vehicles and guides that haven't gone through the appropriate training, a little bit of homework should ensure you find yourself a decent company. We chose guides at the camp grounds we were staying in throughout our African adventure. Like most African countries, Kenya is relatively safe to travel to as a tourist, however you do need to be on your guard at all times. Being aware of the risks before you head out is essential. Don't wander the streets of Nairobi by yourself at night time, be aware near ATM's, don't get involved in domestic situations, lock your car doors when driving etc. Mostly these are all common sense things you probably already know, sometimes its just good to be reminded of them. Enjoy your trip! about 7 years ago

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    Sat phones. Planning a trip around Africa, from SA to malawi, Ruanda etc. We need a satellite phone, sounds complicated. Any advice please?

    We hired a satellite phone for our roadtrip across SA, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and to be honest..... it let us down when we needed it. My blackberry worked though! Comms are quite good in most of Africa, you will notice a lot of telecom towers everwhere. Great idea about the 2way radios. Do a google search on 4WD forums for Africa, my husband got a wealth of knowledge from some of these people while planning our trip. There are quite a few forums, find one that resonates with you and what you're planning on doing. If you are yet to find a car hire place, we arranged ours through BushLore in J'Burg. Complete with roof tents (a must) and I highly recommend them. over 7 years ago

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    Best place to learn how to Surf in Bali?

    Head to either Canggu or Balian - both are excellent surf beaches and you will find places right on the beach that offer lessons. My pick is Balian, less touristy and a bit more rustic / laid back. about 7 years ago