Kristen Albright

Kristen Albright

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    What are some safety tips for travelling in Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a super safe country and the transportation within the country is very easy and cheap. Flights using Vietjet and Jetstar are a pretty cheap as well and quick way to get around, but you can also use the train or buses (but obviously they take much longer). In Ho Chi Minh I would recommend staying in District 1 (I stayed at The Nguyens Cafe), then took a flight to Da Nang then on to Han Oi. As a female I felt very safe walking everywhere, even at night, but just beware of the motorbikes, they are everywhere! Also, take local money out at the airport (there is a Citibank ATM there) and use the public bus to and from the airport in HCMC, it's only 12,000 vdn to D1 and 20,000 vdn to backpackers district. Google maps is spot on with which number bus you should take and the drivers are super helpful on where to get off. The buses are located right outside the international terminal, just cross the street. Hope this is helpful! about 2 years ago

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    What can I see in Flores Indonesia & is it save to travel by a scooter around Flores?

    Hi there! I think seeing the Komodo dragons and snorkeling with Manta Rays was an amazing experience for my RTW trip. However, Flores is too expensive for its own good and ended up leaving 5 days earlier than planned. Definitely only buy a one-way ticket (through DPS is cheapest) and decide for yourself. I'm newer to riding a motorbike and didn't want to chance the winding roads, but if you know how to drive one, I heard it's pretty easy. I stayed at Green Hill in LBJ, and it was ok. Don't stay outside town unless you want to negotiate a price every time with a taxi driver. Unfortunately locals are infamous for taking advantage of tourists, and with a 1-star hotel for $45 usd / night as the best accommodation, they need to rethink their strategy. Also, if you take a day trip to Komodo, do not pay more than 400K with a company. Even with all the "bad" I'm happy I went, but after 3 days I was ready to leave. Hope this helps! about 2 years ago

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    Any advice on good maximum hand luggage bags?

    Hi Nat! I can tell you a backpack is a personal preference, but I would say no larger than 35 L if you want it to remain a carry-on – but to be 100% safe on that, 30 L is best (mainly because budget airlines not only care about size, but also weight). I'm using a Mammut 35L women's bag that has adjustable straps between xs and medium sizes, and it's working great. Pockets, pockets and more pockets are what you need along with packing cubes (I'm using the Eagle Creek compression ones). I highly recommend you try some on at your local store and fill it with 25-30lbs of weight to see how it feels. After 6 months on the road, I haven't had an issues yet with carrying mine on, even though it's 11kg and airlines usually restrict you to 7kg. Lastly, don't overpack with the fear of not finding something. Every local pharmacy or even airport through S. América and Asia have had everything I've needed and clothes are so cheap. Hope this helps. about 2 years ago