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My Next Top 10 Travel Tips

Earlier, I wrote my Top 10 Travel Tips. I had a number of people offer suggestions, so I thought it was time to write the next Top 10 Travel Tips.

Hope these are helpful!

1. This one is from a friend. Pack with travel cubes – or any other type of bag within a bag. This helps keep clothes organized and when security rifles through everything, “things” won’t go flying.

2. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily to the airport – I like Dansko.

3. Drink a glass of water every hour (when the water is safe).

4. This one if from friend…and a little gross. Put a little Vaseline in your nostrils and a just a little in the corners of your eyes – you get less dry. I tried it and it works!

5. When making decisions about activities, ask yourself how you’d feel 5 or 10 years from now about each decision. Do I go to the museum or do the boat tour? Do I have a fancy dinner or go to a play? Spend an extra day in Paris or see the countryside? Lie at the beach or site see?

6. This one is also from a friend. He was in Cambodia after traveling for months. There was a movie theater playing an American movie. He fully enjoyed the movie and forgot where he was. When he walked out he had a renewed appreciation for where he was and where he came from.

7. It’s hard to enjoy yourself if you are tired or sore. A quality memory foam travel pillow is a necessity. You’ll find yourself wearing it on planes, trains, and long car rides. The best travel pillows. will provide full support for your head and neck. Also, more and more airlines are no longer offering airline pillows.

8. Bring a couple packs of Wet One’s or Handy Wipes. They are useful for hygiene, comfort, and even make-up removal.

9. Save a copy of your itinerary on the Internet. Just email it to yourself.

10. This one is from a friend. If you find yourself trying to sleep and there is a mosquito in your room, ask the front desk for a fan. Turns out, mosquito’s hate even a light breeze.

3 Things You Should Know About Water Travel in Cambodia

Cambodia offers tourists the unprecedented opportunity to travel its extensive waterways to obtain a unique view of this emerging tourist behemoth. With rivers stretching from the North East to the south and extending to the east via a network of rivers and lakes, water wise tourists can plan and exciting trip. But for you start making detailed plans, it is important that you make sure that your travel insurance plan will cover any health problems that may arise.

That is not to say that Cambodia is a dangerous destination, it is just common sense to make sure that when travelling on all land of limited health resources that you have the peace of mind you need to undertake a journey into some remote locations.

So, with the formalities out of the way let’s take a look at some of the things you should know about water travel in Cambodia.

  • Ferries. Government run ferries operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, a journey which takes around five hours. This is a popular trip was tourists as Siem Reap is close to Angkor Wat, probably the most popular tourist destination in all Cambodia. At various times of the year some parts of the river may be too shallow for the ferry to traverse and so travelling is very limited. Check with your travel agent about when the dry season is likely to affect ferry services say to make alternative plans before you depart.
  • Tonle Sap Lake. This is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is home to the famous floating villages of the area. Here you will see floating classrooms with children receiving instructions as they float around the lake, as well as a police station and many other food sellers. The occupants of this flotilla always travel together and will relocate according to tide and water levels. It is an extraordinary sight that is bound to live long in your memory.
  • The Mekong River Cruise. There are several cruises you can take along the Mekong River. You can travel around Phnom Penh or you can go further and visit the islands further upstream. The flooded forests are considered a natural wonder of Cambodia and have to be seen to be believed. You can actually sail over the top of the remains of a forest whilst all around you on the shores the same forest still flourishes. You can stop along the way and visit villages that are far from the beaten track. There you will find ancient temples that many tourists have never seen.

Travelling by water in Cambodia is an unrivalled tourist experience that many fail to plan for. As long as you have adequate holiday insurance there is no need to worry about getting off the beaten track in Cambodia.

Indonesia Visa Requirements Indonesia Travel Requirements

Indonesia requires an Indonesia visa to travel the exotic Indonesia lands. You can get the visa at your Indonesia embassy in your country or there is a visa on arrival option. Indonesia has several different Indonesia visa to fit your stay. Kitas are different they are for those staying longer than 60 days and is usually initiated by an Indonesian citizen or company. Recently, a retirement kitas has been added.

Indonesia Visa on Arrival:

Indonesia visa on arrival is for the indonesia tourist planning to stay less than 30 days, the visa on arrival it is non extendable and expires when you leave the country.

o visa on arrival can be purchased at Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Kupang, Batam, and South Sumatra airports.

o Visa on arrival is also available at a limited number of seaports, including the Batam and Bintan ferry terminals near Singapore

o visa on arrival allows travel to different islands in Indonesia

o There are four regions in Indonesia that the foreign national is not allowed to visit without special written permission and approval; Maluku, Poso, and Irian Jaya/West Papua.

To enter the restricted regions one must obtain special authorization from Indonesian authorities and advise the Embassy/ Consulate Generals about the intention to visit restricted regions.

Requirements:

o The passport must have at least 6 months before expiring

o Show that you have arrangement to leave country like return ticket or continuing trip

o Indonesian visas require an entirely blank passport page where they stamp the visa.

Cost:

o 10.00 USD for 7 days and 25.00 USD for 30 days

If you go over your time it’s a 20.00 fee per day up to 29 days.

62 countries and 1 region can apply for visa on arrival.

Argentina, Fiji, Libya Romania, USA, Australia, Finland, Lithiuania, Russia, Algeria, France, Luxenbourg, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Germany, Maldives, Slovac Republic, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Slovenia, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, Spain, Bulgaria, India, Monaco, South Africa, Czech, Iceland, New Zealand, South Korea, Cambodia, Iran, Netherlands, Suriname, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Italy, Oman, Switzerland, China, Japan, Panama, Taiwan, Denmark, Kuwait, Poland, Tunisia, Estonia, Laos, Portugal, UAE, Egypt, Latvia, Qatar, UK

I have two tips for the Indonesia visa on arrival

1. After they stamp your passport they will give a form leave it with the passport don’t loose it or when you leave you will have to pay 20.00 USD fine in Indonesian Rupiah if you don’t have any Rupiahs you must go to ATM.

2. If you have someone picking you up at the airport tell them the line for the visa on arrival can be 5- 40 minutes depending on how many Indonesia travelers.

Cambodia Weather

Are you planning a trip to Cambodia, but are not sure what time of year offers the best weather for your trip? You’re not alone. Trying to figure out the weather patterns in Cambodia and neighbouring countries tends to be one of the most common questions asked by travellers planning their Cambodia holiday.

The weather in Cambodia can best be described as tropical. Depending on which area of Cambodia you’re planning to travel to, there are large differences in temperature and the amount of precipitation. The average daily temperature is 27° degrees Celsius.

Generally speaking, the best time of the year to travel to Cambodia is from October through to March, which is the dry season, when temperatures are more moderate. In April, Cambodia’s weather can easily reach temperatures of 40°C, and travelling through the country in these temperatures can be uncomfortable!

The rainy season runs from mid June until mid October, when the south-western monsoon causes heavy rains almost daily from June until October, usually during late afternoon or evening. The heavy rains don’t need to ruin your day, however, as the afternoon showers can often refresh the air and bring the temperature down. The rains in Cambodia are usually heavy but short and the rain usually leads to brief windows of beautiful skies with dark ominous clouds and amazing thunder and lightning. Most of all, the countryside and the paddy-fields are the most radiant shade of green during the rainy season. September is known for the most precipitation; however this can differ per region and each year is slightly different. Most people tend to avoid wet season, but there are definite benefits to travelling through Cambodia at this time. Of course there is plenty of rain, however it also far less dusty. The scenery is a deep, lush green and the waterfalls and rivers are at their most spectacular. During this time of year the day time temperature is approximately 24°C; the evenings can be slightly cooler.

The driest months of the year are January and February, and sometimes there is no precipitation at all during these months. You’ll notice that even though there’s no rain during a dry spell, the sky may not be clear blue, and can often be hazy or overcast. Cambodia’s weather is coolest between the months of November and January, but it’s unlikely the temperature will drop below 20°C. April and May are dry months; however as mentioned previously the temperatures can easily soar up to 40°C.

Perhaps you are planning to visit the beaches during your Cambodia trip? Although Cambodia isn’t as renowned for its beaches as much as neighbouring countries, the beaches in the bays around Sihanoukville and the deserted beaches of Kep are wonderful for relaxing and outdoor activities. Naturally you’ll want to have dry, sunny and warm weather during a stay at the beach, so the best time to visit is during the dry season which lasts from mid October to mid June although the hotter months of April and May are also ideal for Cambodia beach stays.

So if you are still unsure what time of year would be best for your Cambodia holiday, our advice would be to simply allow the Cambodia weather to be a part of your travel experience! Bring along a poncho and swimming clothes and you’ll be prepared for all that Cambodia has to offer. Cambodia is a great holiday destination all year; it’s just important to keep in mind that weather is always unpredictable. Just remember to pack a poncho and a sunny outlook!

The Cheapest Awesome Places to Travel

International travel doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, if you pick your destination properly you’ll be able to live at a much higher standard of living than you can Stateside without spending any more money than you’d shell out for an average weekend of forgettable nonsense at your usual low-rent haunts.

If you’re in the mood for some low-cost travelling that won’t leave you broke, consider the following awesome cheap places to visit.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has held the title as Europe’s premier low-cost capital for nearly two decades now. Despite being the capital city of the world’s third largest industrial power, the fall of the wall back in the late 1980’s set the stage for an affordable international party hub. During Berlin’s half-century of schism the Soviets just couldn’t stop building unnecessary new neighborhoods and utility buildings in the East and that means to this day East Berlin continues to stretch out in a nearly endless sprawl of city blocks slowly being transformed by artists, immigrants, and anyone with a dream and a lack of capital to make it happen elsewhere. Cheap housing = cheap everything, and it’s easy to have a truly world-class night on the town for $30 USD (€23 euros, £18.50 British pounds) or less.

Porto, Portugal

Lisbon is cheap, but Porto puts Portugal’s capital to shame, especially if you go during the off-season. You can find great lodging in Porto for $10-$15 (€8-€12, £4.50-£9) a night, an exceptional lunch of seafood caught right outside town for $5 and massive dinners of grilled octopus, heaps of salt cod and all the vegetables and buttered potatoes you can eat for no more than $10 a head. Cheap tours of the local Port cellars (complete with buzz-inducing tastings), trips up the Douro river to visit some of the world’s most gorgeous vineyards and the natural beauty of the city’s rocky terrain and expansive beach make Porto one of Europe’s hidden treasures.

Greece

It’s important to note, very quickly, that economic instability in safe, developed countries is every budget traveller’s dream. The bigger a country’s economic crisis the cheaper and cheaper it becomes to spend some quality time exploring its shores. This is true both when it comes to daily living and to actually reaching countries suffering from hard times, as locales taking a beating tend to bend over backwards on airfare to get people to continue to visit them (i.e. Japan post-Tsunami).

It isn’t exploitative to live it up in a country like Greece while they’re experiencing some economic turmoil. In fact, there are few more positive actions you can take for these countries than travelling to them and spending a bunch of money on local products and services. Helping to stimulate local economies while living like (polite) royalty is the definition of a win-win.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

A perennial favorite, Buenos Aires (a.k.a. BsAs) is home to more travellers and ex-pats than any other city in South America, and for good reason. Modern BsAs is the result of a mix of about a half-dozen different European and South American cultures meaning the food, architecture, attitude, and vibe of the city strikes the right chord between the foreign and the familiar. Want another positive benefit of the city’s mixed pedigree? You’ll be able to find just about anything you could ever want there, including more than enough English speakers to find your way around. Add on other positives including the city’s love of dance and a resident daily diet consisting mainly of gelato (ice cream) and the world’s best grass-fed beef and BsAs would be a steal at any price. The fact you’ll get the equivalent worth of $4 for every one US dollar you spend makes visiting BsAs a no-brainer for the wise budget-conscious traveller.

Central America

As great as Buenos Aires may be when you’re looking to live large on the cheap, the city does have one daunting downside that might prevent you from living up your tango-dancing dreams. That is the fact BsAs sits at the absolute end of the world, down at the southern part of the South American continent. It might as well be a short boat ride from the glaciers of the South Pole. BsAs’ distance means it can be a bit expensive to fly to, and shelling out $1,000-$2,000 US for a round trip ticket won’t strike the average individual as a cheap trip, no matter how cost-effective the end destination may be.

But Panama, in addition to other relatively stable and safe Central American countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras are cheap to enjoy and cheap to fly to, even from the northern United States. A two-second search on Kayak just revealed I could purchase a round-trip ticket from New York City to Panama City, leaving next week no less, for $301. Unlike Costa Rica and Guatemala, Panama remains a hidden treasure, offering inexpensive amenities and entertainment, endless natural beauty, and a decidedly welcome lack of tourists.

Thailand

If there’s one budget travel destination more famous and well-trafficked than Buenos Aires it’s Thailand. Bangkok has long been considered the destination for a traveller to live like a little prince without breaking the bank, providing easy access to every sensual pleasure you could ever want at a bargain. And when I say every sensual pleasure I do mean every. Great local food for under $1 US a plate, hour-long massages on the beach for $12 US, and yes, whatever sex you could ever dream of. You don’t need to seek out sexual experiences when you visit Bangkok to have a good time, not in the least, but it’s impossible to mention Thailand’s best-known destination without at least tipping your hat to its status as the world capital of sex tourism.

If you’re interested in a lower-key, but still inexpensive and traveller-friendly corner of Thailand, you should visit Chiang Mai. At Chiang Mai you’ll find an abundance of travellers and ex-pats more interested in living a less wild expression of the good life while still getting an authentically Thai experience.

And if Thailand is too popular for your desires, nearby Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia offer their own unique low-cost traveller-friendly pleasures.

Think North American

You don’t always need to travel overseas to open yourself up to new experiences, to regain a little perspective on your life and to rewire your perspective on the world. I currently live in North America and while I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to various far-off corners of the world, I’ve stumbled upon some of my most significant revelations and enjoyed some of my most life-changing experiences travelling in this continent.

The warmth of a bank teller in Knoxville, Tennessee, once dissolved my encrusted cynicism as powerfully as the kindness of strangers located half the world away. Visiting the West Coast for a couple months was a bigger culture shock than visiting Berlin, and spending a few days at my friend’s cabin in Central Pennsylvania always acts as a powerful system-reset and never costs me more than an all-inclusive $60 (€48 euros, £27 pounds).

International travel does offer its own unique set of circumstance and environmental cues that sets off personal growth in a manner domestic travel doesn’t always achieve, but don’t assume you need to jet away to get the break from everyday life you crave.

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