Michaela from Travel Intense

Michaela from Travel Intense

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    Cash or credit cards?

    Hi Ali, I've been to French Polynesia for 7 weeks this spring, and the money you bring really depends on what you do. If you stay most of the time in resorts, cards are all you need. Even for tours booked through your hotel, you'll be able to pay by card. As soon as you head out of the safe-haven resorts, you'll need cash. And here it's best to have the local currency, francs, which are easy to get at the local ATMs. If you haven't decided yet which islands you want to visit, have a look at an overview of the ten we visited during our French Polynesia trip: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia Have fun, Michaela over 4 years ago

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    Best reef shoes?

    Hi Mary, I was in French Polynesia for 7 weeks and had no issues with stone fish or cone shells. In fact, I never even saw any of these, except while diving. So no need to bring anything, as there are plenty of sandy beaches where you don't have to be afraid of stepping on either. Also, I generally don't recommend reef shoes, except for places like Croatia, where you sometimes can't get into the water without climbing across sharp rocks. Reef shoes tend to give you a feeling of safety and you are more likely to step on fragile coral which you'll most likely destroy by doing so. So please, don't buy any reef shoes and enjoy French Polynesia. By the way: if you don't know yet where to go, here is a great overview of the 10 different islands we visited during our trip: www.travelintense.com/eco-travel-destinations/french-polynesia Have fun, Michaela over 4 years ago

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    I m going to Italy in July with my husband and 3 teenager kids for 2 weeks. What are the places to visit and how to reach there?

    Hi Jaya, When you are in Italy, you should definitely check out some of the old ruined cities of Pompei and/or Herculaneum which got destroyed during a major volcanic eruption. Also, the old harbor of Rome, called Ostia, is worth a visit. All pretty cultural stuff, but I'm sure your kids will love it, as it's like stepping back in time when you see those old mosaics and amphitheaters. All of these sights are easily accessible by publict transport. Natural beauty you'll find around the lakes of Northern Italy (Lago di Como, etc.), along the Amalfi Coast, and in many more places. Just do a road-trip and stop wherever you feel like it. Have fun! Michaela www.travelintense.com over 4 years ago

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    What do you prefer Europe or south east Asia for backpacking solo traveler?

    Hi, it actually depends on your budget and expectations, as well as the time of the year you plan to travel: 1. E is way more expensive than SEA. 2. You can rough it more in SEA, whereas E is more sophisticated 3. Spring to autumn is a good time to backpack in E, but even then you will have to bring some warm clothes. SEA is warm all year long, even during rainy season. Hope that helped and I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun wherever you go. Cheers, Michaela over 4 years ago

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    Italian Travel precautions?

    Hi Gordon, I haven't read the France tips, but Italy is probably similar (at least according to my experience). The countryside is totally safe (well, still lock your car), but in the cities you have to really watch out for your stuff. A friend of mine had his watch stolen off his wrist in the subway in Rome! Be especially careful with the little kids. They have their hands in your pockets without you feeling it. Backpacks are especially dangerous, so maybe bring a couple of little locks you can use. Despite all this - Italy is a gorgeous country to visit and September is a great time! Have fun! over 4 years ago

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    Trying to understand the Schengen Agreement.

    Hi Rich, yes, to all your questions. That's what the Schengen agreement is about. As soon as you are granted entry into one of the many Schengen countries, you can drive to any other country without going through immigration anymore. Border crossings are non-existent, and sometimes you don't even realize that you are in a new country, if there wasn't a sign on the side of the road. If you travel by plane, you sometimes still have to show your passport, but that's it. Have fun on your trip! over 4 years ago