Jesse Perez

Jesse Perez

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    Going to Egypt in October. Any thoughts about safety in visiting Giza and pyramids?

    From all of the people I speak to who have been to Egypt recently, the general feeling is that it is a moderately safe destination to go to. Having said this, Egypt is far from stable, politically and civically. Here are a few sources to support this. Demonstrations against Morsi took place only a few days ago outside Egypt's presidential palace http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/08/25/Egyptians-rally-against-Morsi/UPI-31991345939806/#ixzz24h552VGO These protests have turned violent http://www.euronews.com/2012/08/24/anti-mursi-protest-turns-violent-in-cairo/ Tahir Square has been the home to scores of protests, uprisings and clashes over the past 18 months. This doesn't look like it will change any time soon http://rt.com/news/protest-muslim-brotherhood-tahrir-527/ As a tourist, however, you will be welcomed with open arms. The 18 months of demonstrations has left a bad taste in the mouths of travellers wishing to come to the country, and vendors are keen to have Cairo return to normal. The most important advice I can give is this. If you do go to Egypt and see or hear of any kind of demonstration, keep well clear. They are passionate and can turn violent quite quickly. Thanks, Jesse - TID about 5 years ago

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    Is there any problem with travel to Cairo in December? Is it safe to stay in a Western hotel?

    Hi Zina, Certainly Egypt is not one of the safest areas in the world right now - I'm sure some locals may disagree but the reality is that Egypt has had an unprecedented uprising and the country is politically volatile. This volatility may have absolutely no impact on the safety of your trip, or you could see more protests - the worst case scenario is that they are violent mass protests. The country is now under military rule as a new government is established. There have been recent protests for the military to step down from power, and in early October, we had violent protests that left 22 people dead after Coptic Christians clashed with military forces. This is not a country that has a great deal of stability right now. However, life still goes on. Are you safe if you want to go travelling there? It is hard to say. You are entering an area that is on shaky ground, but from most of the reports I have gathered, it looks like the worst is over. It's certainly not an Syria, or a Yemen. But having said that, anything could happen. The Coptic Christian protests came as both a shock and a logical outcome of the present situation to me. If you do decide to go, be very cautious. Avoid any demonstrations if they occur, and keep yourself informed as to what activity is taking place, every day. That's not to say you should stay in your hotel room the whole time you are there, but it's important to be vigilant in this volatile time. Thanks, Ask Jesse - Travel Insurance Direct almost 6 years ago

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    Megabus: Philadelphia. Help?

    Hi Katie, I wouldn't worry yourself too much! The Megabus Stop in Philadelphia is situated at the 30th St Station. As you can see in this Google Map, there are many car parks located around there. http://maps.google.com.au/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=30th+st+philadelphia&fb=1&gl=au&hq=30th+st&hnear=0x89c6b7d8d4b54beb:0x89f514d88c3e58c1,Philadelphia,+PA,+USA&cid=0,0,9103428917065343849&ei=hifkTeH5JISougPqkpWWBw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CB0QnwIwAA Your best bet is 5 Star Parking - 3051 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia. It will cost you $17 for an overnight stay, and is a short walk from your bus stop. All the best and happy (not anxious) travels! Jesse - TID Places over 6 years ago

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    Safe to travel Southern Thailand or No?

    Hi Jenni, what you will need to do is get written confirmation from your airline that they will not change the destination of the original flight - this will help strengthen any insurance claim you make. In the meantime, contact the help line at Mondial Assistance on 1300 728 025 and explain your circumstances - they will tell you what you need to do further. Thanks, Jesse over 6 years ago

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    Safe to travel Southern Thailand or No?

    Hi Jenni, Have to admit, it is pretty bad. All 14 provinces in Southern Thailand have been drastically affected by the floods. Thousands of people are stranded, millions of people affected. Phone lines are down in some areas, train lines are crippled. Entire roads have been completely demolished, cutting off access to food and supplies. They even needed to bring in the Navy to help! People are desperate to leave certain areas in Southern Thailand, so it's safe to say that it's highly inadvisable to venture in there at the moment. The damage has been heavy, and the reparations will take a matter of weeks and months, not days. Aside from the inconvenience is the direct danger you face by putting yourself in the situation. At least 16 people have died as a result of the floods and mudslides - with scores injured. While the weather has calmed down a bit more, it's just not worth visiting at the present time. Thanks, Jesse - TID PLACES over 6 years ago

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    Are any of the volcanoes in Hawaii considered dangerous?

    Hi Serena, The answer to your question is yes. Some of Hawaii's volcanoes are very active and should be considered dangerous. The island of Hawai'i is the only area in the island cluster that is currently volcanically active - with the volcano of Kilauea being the most dangerous (In fact, Kilauea is considered the most dangerous volcano in the United States) In fact, the entire island of Hawai'i is comprised of five shield volcanoes, two of which are active (Kilauea and Mauna Loa). Kilauea erupts frequently (It erupted 45 times in the 20th century), and in some cases, eruption columns have risen up to 9kms high. In 1990, the towns of Kalapana and Kaimū were totally destroyed by an eruption of Kilauea. In recent years, several homes have been destroyed by lava flows from Kilauea. Hawaii's other active volcano Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on earth, has not erupted since 1984 - but is still considered operational. over 6 years ago

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    Is the Intercity Bus System in USA safe?

    You don't have to look far to find horror stories from the USA about the Intercity/State Bus System. Generally described as "Hellish", "Nightmarish" and other adjectives that cannot be printed in the interests of good taste, your common Intercity/State Bus ride is considered to be the lowest rung on the transport ladder, so your experience is not going to be extraordinarily pleasant. Is it safe? Well, it's safe-ish. It's luck of the draw really. A lot of ex-convicts use the system to return home - and while we should give those who have served their debt to society the benefit of the doubt...well...you get the picture. The actual trip however, isn't the really dangerous part. What is more hair-raising is your experience at the depots, they can be quite tense and aggressive environment - think the antics on Jerry Springer and you are getting close... Interstate transport by plane isn't that expensive. My advice is to splash out if you have the cash - it will be worth the piece of mind. over 6 years ago

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    How dangerous is the crime in Peru?

    Hi David, Fortunately, Peru does not have the "scary" reputation like some of its South American sisters, e.g Columbia, Brazil or Bolivia, which are known for their kidnappings, drug crime and human trafficking. This is largely due to the Peruvian government's fierce protection of it's tourism industry - which has meant a great deal more police are put "on the beat", especially in visible and popular areas. Peru is generally regarded as a safe country, relatively speaking. The biggest problem you will have to worry about in regard to Peruvian crime is petty theft - pickpockets, scamsters and people trying to distract you to get at your wallet. For this, the best advice is to observe standard travel procedures when it comes to money safety - keep your personal effects close to you, don't flash your money around, and if possible, keep your money and identifications in a money belt that you keep under your clothing. As far as transport is concerned, Peru is fairly safe. Just make sure you use registered taxis that are available in brightly lit, populated areas. Try to avoid taxis situated in dim back streets. It's the same principle as in any city - take a little bit more caution at night, keep alert and have your wits about you, and you should be fairly safe. over 6 years ago