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    When to go to Zanzibar...

    We were there at the end of April and it was quite rainy too but we still enjoyed ourselves. There were hardly any tourists and we had almost the entire beach to ourselves and the accommodations were cheaper too. almost 8 years ago

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    Hotel in Reykjavik, and things to do within a 48 hour layover

    We were there for 4 nights in September and chose to stay in a private house through AirBNB (http://bit.ly/AirBNBtravel). We had a short bus ride into the main part of the city every day but we enjoyed being in the suburbs a little. You can find places on AirBNB for downtown too and you might save money over a hotel. Any of the tours are good. We enjoyed the Golden Circle and the horseback riding and whale watching tours. At least one time though, check out the local thermal pools in Reykjavik, which are about $4 to get into. We did that every night and enjoyed them more than the Blue Lagoon. almost 8 years ago

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    I'm a little concerned about how difficult it will be to get adjusted to driving on opposite side of road?

    There's no need to be. Your driving instinct will put you on the proper side of the road almost immediately. In the past 2 years we have rented a vehicle 3 times in countries that drive opposite to what we are used to and have never had a problem. The last time I even rented a manual transmission vehicle, and I am used to automatic, and that was fine too. almost 8 years ago

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    What are the best places to visit in the eastern part of Istanbul in October? A five days trip.

    The Asian side of Istanbul is great for seeing the "real" Istanbul. For one thing, go to a Hamam on the Asian side. We went to Cinili Hamam and both of us enjoyed the Turkish bath experience for about the same price, or less, than an individual Turkish bath on the tourist side. We didn't do a lot of "sights" on the eastern side but we enjoyed walking around, soaking in the atmosphere, sitting and relaxing by the water, taking the ferries and other transportation. almost 8 years ago

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    Where are the best places to meet locals in Reykjavik?

    If you visit the local thermal pools, of which there are 7 in Reykjavik, you will pretty much see just locals there. At 500ISK (about $4) we found it to begetter value than the Blue Lagoon, we went to a pool each night we were there. While you will see a lot of locals, most will keep to themselves so if you want to meet them, you'll have to start the conversation. We found Icelanders friendly overall but they also don't interfere. Willing to help if you ask, but will leave you be if you don't. almost 8 years ago

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    Hi, arriving in Istanbul Oct 30 and departing Nov 11. can anyone suggest an itinerary? Travel by train, preferably. Thank you.

    You can see quite a bit in the two weeks you are there. However, the trains through most of Turkey, especially going east from Istanbul are under repair as they are working on upgrading the lines. We were there for 3 weeks in May/June and really enjoyed the bus lines there. There is a lot of competition so the prices are competitive and affordable and there is an attendant on the bus that will serve coffee/tea or soft drinks once or twice during your trip. Plus they have free wifi too. From Istanbul, many of the bus lines will have offices in the tourist area too so you don't need to travel all the way to the main terminus to get a bus. We spent 5 nights, 6 days, in Istanbul. We prefer to see things slowly instead of rushing through it. There is a 72 hour museum card for 72 Turkish Lira (http://muze.gov.tr/museum_pass) that we recommend. If you only see the Hagia Sofia, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem Apartments and one other place, the card has paid for itself and it allows you to skip the lines. Outside of Istanbul, we'd recommend going to Selcuk, where you can visit Ephesus, one of the world's oldest and largest ancient ruins. From Selcuk, Pammukkale is a short bus trip where you will see a UNESCO site and one of only a few places in the world where calcium deposits are coming up through the mountains. Lastly, I'd recommend Cappadoccia, where there are beautiful Fairy Chimneys and a great place to either hot air balloon or wake up early and watch the 50+ hot air balloons in the sky. I think with your 13 days, you should have just enough time to do all that. We are just finishing up our blog posts of Turkey, so you can see some of our thoughts at www.iPadNomads.com Enjoy! almost 9 years ago

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    best things to do from Melbourne for a week? interested in nature trips, river trips, etc

    We were there for a week in 2010...we only spent 1 night in Melbourne and hardly saw any of it. We rented a camper van and saw the penguins and koalas on Philip Island and then took 2.5 days to drive the Great Ocean Road, which is full of beautiful scenery and landscapes. about 8 years ago

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    What is the best prepaid sim for calls and Internet data in London then onto Paris and Germany?

    We used O2 for both phone and data when we were in the UK during the Olympics. Found them to have the best rates for short term service. about 8 years ago