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    I am a first-time solo female traveler and I want to plan a 4-month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia and New Zealand. What do I need?

    I've just spent 6 months doing this (plus Australia), most of it solo. Reconsider flying in SE Asia - you save a lot of time (and buses and trains are not that comfortable) and flights are quite cheap with Air Asia. You should start with figuring out what you'd like to see and do, and determine in how frequently you'd like to move locations. 4 months isn't tons of time. I'd skip northern Vietnam until you get some more experience under your belt, not the easiest place to travel. But Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia are all super friendly. Cheapest is probably Thailand. Happy to answer any specific Qs - TravelEater (at) gmail.com. about 5 years ago

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    Want to drive from Vancouver in August to Calgary which way would be best and what is there to see along the way?

    Lisa has great advice. It is a very pretty drive (and historic, teach the kids about laying the railway). I like going through the avalanche tunnels and seeing Hell's Gate Canyon. On the Alberta side, stopping in Banff (town & park for a hike) is pretty much mandatory, though the food is much better in Canmore, just 45 minutes east of Calgary. about 5 years ago

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    want to explore all three gili islands in lombak and wondering if anyone has recomendations of a nice place to stay thanks lisa

    I'm on Gili T right now, and the north/west coast of the island is nice and quiet. I'm at Wilson's Retreat, a nice little boutique place, now and I hear waves, the breeze and occasionally bleats from the 2 goats next door. (I've not eaten at a lot of places yet, but I've heard from many that the restaurant at Wilson's Retreat is the best on the island ... Lots of people come over to hang out for the day, or just for dinner!) Also quiet and nice: Villa Grasia and Hotel Ombak Sunset. about 5 years ago

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    What do I need to do for a Visa in Cambodia?

    Smart to bring 2 passport photos, as that is the official need; but when I was there in Jan 2014 they only asked for one. In the Siem Reap airport there is an ATM which dispenses US cash, but just in case it isn't working, bring your own US $ for the visa. Almost all ATMs in tourist areas (ie Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) will only give US$ to a non-Cambodian bank card, so you should be able to restock easily. Almost all prices will be in US$ and you'll get change in US for everything except the smallest of change. Smart to bring small denomination bills with you, because machines only gives 20s and 50s, so is a constant battle to get them broken into smaller bills. I agree with Lisa re Phare circus! Here's why: http://www.pharecambodiancircus.org/blog/grins-all-around/ You can see it in Siem Reap or Battambang. about 5 years ago

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    Best Travel Apps Of 2014: What are your favorite apps?

    Echo re Skyscanner. Air Asia is great. And best of all ... World Nomads Ask A Nomad app! :-) about 5 years ago

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    Best area for swimming with dolphins in New Zealand's North Island in early October?

    Thank you! I did manage to see dolphins near KariKari ! But they showed up when the boat was in the ferry area plus had a baby with them, so we weren't allowed to jump in and swim. Next time :-) about 5 years ago

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    What is some good accommodation in Seminyak when travelling with children?

    I just stayed at Villa Kresna a few days ago. They have deluxe hotel rooms (about $120) around a pool, about 100 m from the Seminyak beach, and a few villas with pools about 350 m from there. Several of the villas have a little upstairs section which would be perfect for kids. Be aware though that the beach at Seminyak is not great for swimming, although wading is fine, plus it is nice and long if you want to take a walk. On Sundays the restaurant Ku De Ta has great kids activities (clown, crafts, etc) during brunch. about 5 years ago

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    Is Bali safe at night?

    You're only real issues to worry about are a) getting hassled by touts asking if you want a taxi or to buy whatever they're selling and b) tripping on uneven pavement (bring a flashlight for areas not well lit). about 5 years ago