Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

Christy McCarthy (WorldNomads.com)

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    Whats the best SIM card for travel to the UK?

    I just got back from a month in the UK and took my iPhone with me. The first thing I did was remove my Australian Telstra SIM card to avoid massive roaming charges. Next, I bought an O2 SIM and put 15 pounds pre-paid credit on it. The offer they had during April/may 2010 when I was there was: 15 quid got me: * 500 free texts within a month * FREE 3G data for a month * 15 pounds of phone calls.. quite expensive rate. The free data inclusion was the best bit - I used Skype on my phone to make overseas calls, got all my email for a month and used the Maps system to navigate through London and on roadtrips up the Wales and Scotland. Much easier than a road atlas! I found the o2 coverage quite good; especially in the cities and only lost it on the longer trips in between towns - maybe if you're hiking in remote areas this is a problem, but as we were mainly travelling by car, it was fine. In terms of topping up the pre-pay, I just went to a local shop and paid 15 quid in cash - there are literally 1000's of places you can do this like petrol stations, supermarkets etc. over 9 years ago

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    Where can I get a good dim sim in Sydney?

    do you mean 'Dim Sum"? In Sydney, this is generally called 'Yum Cha' - loads of restaurants in China Town if you want to wander around and find some you like. Some of my faves are Marigold (top floor, corner of George and Hay Streets) and Zilver (477 Pitt St, level 1). almost 7 years ago

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    Nervous about travel

    Hi Cameron, I always wanted to travel and so finished Uni in Australia and then headed to Japan for a year to work, then onto to Uk/Europe for 6 months. I was 21. Of course stepping onto the plane was terrifying and teary, but my parents encouraged me. This was back in the days before Facebook, email and mobile phones which make it easy to stay in touch with family - all they got in that time was about 6 postcards. I discovered so much about myself that proved really useful and grounding in years to come... I'm not actually all that shy. Just prefer to listen than talk all the time. But staying in hostels forces you to have conversations and meet people. I thought this would be the hardest bit, but actually it's quite easy. I also discovered that although I'm quite organised in my life, travel is a fantastic chance to make it up as you go along. I much prefer to travel without an itinerary and just a few good ideas of where to go. This has shaped the kind of trips and holidays I still take today... even with two kids in tow. And one last thought. I was nervous as anything stepping onto that plane. But did it anyway. You can't make the nerves disappear - just let them be present, and do it anyway. If you can learn how to live with that knife edge feeling of nerves/excitement, it comes in very handy later in life when you need to make a speech, go bungy jumping... over 6 years ago

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    Nervous about travel

    also, take a look at this thread here... some great thoughts on how/why people started travelling. You might find some inspiration: http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/all-locations/4029/why-and-how-did-everyone-start-traveling over 6 years ago

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    Ideas for a beach weekend / holiday - quite and secluded - but within 1-2 hours of Sydney.

    1 hour from Sydney is still really Sydney... you need to go further if you want 'quiet and secluded'. My fave place is Bendalong, a sleepy town about 2.5 - 3 hrs south that's still full of Fibro shacks and kids riding bikes on the streets. One shop that sells fuel, supplies, newspapers and booze. There's lots of bushland around, kangaroos in the backyards and white sandy beaches. There's a small caravan park / campground right on the Point overlooking the quiet swimming beach on one side and the surf beach on the other. Otherwise there are lots of rental properties available. Do a search on Stayz.com.au and see what you find. over 10 years ago

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    Where are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney?

    If you can get into Red Lantern on Crown St, the food is fantastic. I tried to book for Dec 3rd (it's only August 18th at the moment!) and there were no tables available until 8.30 at the earliest... so you'd be lucky to pop by and get a spot. Across the road is Thanh Long, which is a simple local eatery, good food and easy to get into. The food isn't as good as Phamish or Red Lantern, but if you're in Surry Hills and need a Vietnamese fix, I'd still highly recommend it. (http://www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney/thanh-long-vietnamese-restaurant/) about 9 years ago

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    Interesting things to do in Adelaide on a weekend?

    I lived in Adelaide for 20 years... there's a lot going on there, but it's often under the surface. If you know any locals, or can Couchsurf, you'd probably see a different side than on a tourist's long weekend. There's great eating and wine bars along Rundle St and Gouger St, near the central markets (which are also really worth a visit). Along North Terrace are some interesting spots - the Art Gallery and Museum are good, and just behind them is the Torrens River. You can take a nice walk along there. Everyone else has suggested wine tours - even if you're not the biggest wine buff, McLaren Vale and the Barossa have some beautiful countryside and are easy to drive to. I'm not sure about Kangaroo Island as a day trip? I have been there and think it's totally amazing, but my experience several years ago was a 2 hour drive to the ferry, then a short-ish ferry trip and then you'd need to drive further still to get to the seal colonies and wild national parks. If you had longer than two days in total, this would make a great nature addition to a city-based experience. (Maybe travel times have improved a bit??) The other thing worth considering, is holding off until the Adelaide Festival and Fringe (26 Feb - 14 Mar 2010). The city comes alive then and Fringe tickets are plentiful and cheap. Or go crazy at Womadelaide (5-7 March, 2010) - awesome, endless live music under the huge Morton Bay Figs of the Parklands. That'd be my pick! over 10 years ago

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    What are some common gluten free meals in Cambodia?

    Lots of the meals come with rice... but you'll need to check for soy sauce in the dishes themselves. Most of the Noodle soups are made with rice noodles too. over 6 years ago