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    Is it far to walk from cruise terminal to centre of Barcalona

    It depends exactly where your ship docks, but terminal C to Las Ramblas is about 5kms. It's often a bit sketchy around ship ports, you might be safer to get a shuttle bus. Save your legs, too. 4 days ago

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    Vietnam and the International Driver Permit

    Kevin, check the wording of your Canadian policy, call and ask for clarification if feel you need it, and this is NOT a binding statement (I'm not authorised to make one, nor licensed to give 'personal advice' - see how tricky this business is?), BUT as I understand it, as you state it, someone in those circumstances, generally, should be covered. As far as I can see, you're a licensed motorcycle rider with a valid license, and an IDP (really just a translation of your license). If you want to be doubly sure - ring the assistance line/call centre and ask. A workmate just got back from Vietnam and says the traffic is crazy - take care. 4 days ago

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    is it safe to take my car and drive around Poland?

    Tom the carjacking is a problem right across Europe - but also pretty rare. You hear the occasional story about the motorist who tried to get visitors to stop by pointing to the back of their car and gesticulating wildly. If it happens to you, and the car seems to be driving okay, keep going until you get to a service station. Be wary of stopping in those roadside stops. Take your keys out of the car when you re-fuel at a service centre (in my home country, Australia, it's actually illegal to leave the keys in the car when you go to pay for fuel! Makes good sense really.) And check out this article on Poland: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/poland/Polands-Poor-Driver-Record 5 days ago

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    Health risks travelling in China on organised tour

    Mary best to talk to your own doctor about this because s/he will have a better understanding of your overall health. But, generally, just the usual - MMR, Hepatitis - nothing special. You might find this article helpful too. http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/china/Chinese-Flu-and-other-diseases Phil 5 days ago

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    Shots for Thailand

    Sin best to talk to your doctor about that, it depends on where you'll be going and what you'll be doing. For example if you're a veterinary scientist and you'll be deep in rural areas inspecting livestock, you'll need a load more shots than if you're lying on a beach in Phuket. Here's some advice to help you stay healthy while in Thailand: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/thailand/health-and-hygiene 5 days ago

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    In which asian countries its necesary to take profilaxis for Malaria?

    Eduardo, this question comes up from time to time, like this: http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/cambodia/20608/malaria-tablets-to-take-or-not-to-take-that-is-the-question I hasten to point out this is NOT medical nor insurance advice - talk to your own doctor about this. Personally, I was in the Peruvian Amazon basin earlier this year and I took extreme care to protect myself from being bitten (long sleeves, strong repellent) so I was protected from Dengue as well as Malaria. Phil at the safety hub 5 days ago

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    I want to go to indonesia what problems i may face staying there?

    Indonesia is a great destination - very rich in culture and with a welcoming people. Of course, there are the usual issues any traveller faces - petty theft among them. It is a developing nation so infrastructure is not always great, consequently natural phenomenon can have severe effects, and it pays to be culturally sensitive in your dealings as a guest in the country. You can get lots of information about all of that in our travel smarter section: www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/indonesia best of luck and have a great trip. Phil at the safety hub 5 days ago

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    Is Europe in general considered safe for all races?

    I think you'll fit right in - Europe these days is not the homogenous landscape it once was (thankfully). I was in Italy last September and used the train system with a 5 year-old and a 9 year-old in tow. Perfectly safe, very efficient, and despite the usual reticence of commuters, people were very friendly (swapping seats so my child could get a view etc.) I suggest you pop over to our travel smarter section and read up on the countries you'll be visiting. It can be a bit alarming to read all the things that MIGHT happen to you, but remember 90% of people travel without any trouble whatsoever. Go here and enter the country names: www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety 5 days ago