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    is it a mistake to figure out inca trail/machu pichu plans after arriving in peru? i dont like booking things in advance

    Only 500 people a day are given permits to enter MP, so if you're going during a peak period you may miss out to those who do like to book in advance. More tips here: http://safety.worldnomads.com/Peru/73382/Safety-on-Perus-Inca-Trail But with a month to spare you should be able to find a place with a guided tour, if you're flexible. Phil at the safety hub. 17 days ago

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    What vaccinations are REALLY necessary to be worry free when in Uzbekistan?

    The CDC has a good site for advising travellers: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/Uzbekistan You'll need the routine vacc's plus Typhoid, hep A,B 17 days ago

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    I am going to the Philippines for 4.5 months. How do I get a visa before I leave the US?

    Apply through the embassy in DC (or a consulate office in your state) http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/philippines-dc/consular-services-dc/ Look for the non-immigrant visa application. Tourist visa-on-arrrival is only good for 21 days. 17 days ago

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    Is it save to go to Égypte this période ?.

    Mimo the situation has definitely calmed down significantly. In fact several European nations have recently relaxed travel warnings for the resorts along the Red Sea. In Cairo it should be fine to visit the usual tourist spots (pyramids etc), but be very careful about going to Tahrir Square - check with your accommodation whether any demonstrations are planned. Definitely do not go there after dark or alone (also true of Cairo generally) Phil at the safety hub 17 days ago

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    Do I need a visa to travel to Italy with my family?

    Your permanent residency means nothing when entering a 3rd country, to them you are a Thai citizen. You will need to apply for a Schengen Area tourist visa (Italy is in the Schengen area of Europe) via the Italian consulate in your city. Make sure you can re-enter Australia too, check out this page: http://www.immi.gov.au/FAQs/Pages/i-am-a-permanent-resident-what-documents-do-i-need-to-come-back-into-australia.aspx I'm assuming your child has an Aussie passport - otherwise you'll need a visa for them too. Don't forget to get travel insurance too. www.worldnomads.com about 1 month ago

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    As an American, how much time should I allow for a working/holiday visa to be approved for Australia?

    processing time is 6 days (I imagine that's working days so don't count saturday and Sunday). https://www.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/1.0.htm about 1 month ago

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    As an Australian is it best to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Germany in Australia before I leave or in Germany when I arrive?

    According to the german embassy website: Australian citizens (as well as New Zealand and Japanese citizens) are encouraged to apply for a residence permit after entering Germany at the local immigration authority ('Ausländerbehörde'), without prior applying for a visa in Australia. Check out more here: http://www.australien.diplo.de/Vertretung/australien/en/Visa/Working-Holiday.html about 1 month ago

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    I am backpacking thailand in september.would world nomads cover me if i had to cancel my trip if the current political situation worsens?

    Jazzmanblues, We’re delighted to have you as a Nomad and contribute to this forum and the travel community. You’re a valued member. But I thought I’d add some balance to the discussion by putting our side to your comments here. That’s correct things like war, terrorism and coups are General Exclusions. Without getting too "insurance-ey" let's just say there are some things that if they happened would leave the insurers open to (literally) incalculable costs and could send all the insurers in the world broke. There are two options to prevent that: charge an astronomically higher price for a policy, or exclude the event from the policy and keep the cost low - and still cover 99% of things that might happen to a traveller. That’s the brutal reality of doing business. As to medical expenses - true, basic medical stuff is pretty cheap and probably below the “excess” (deductible) you’d pay on a claim, but to be frank, when you’re really hurt is when travel insurance pays off. Even in Thailand intensive care/trauma treatment can cost thousands of dollars a day. If you need medical evacuation back to your home country it can cost at least $50,000 and probably more like $100,000. Lots of people travel with laptops and other digital equipment, all of which is covered if your luggage is lost or stolen - that’s money to go travel rather than replacing equipment. 90% of Nomads have a trouble-free trip, and we’re trying to make that a larger number by giving safety tips etc. The problem is, there’s no way of telling if you’re going to be in the 90% or the 10%. Does that make coverage ‘expensive” or unnecessary? That’s up to the individual, the level of risk they’re willing to accept and the value they place on that peace of mind. It looks like you’ve made up your mind on it - and that’s great if you’re comfortable with that. As I said at the beginning, we’re delighted to have you as a Nomad and contributor to the travel community. Others may feel differently. Cheers Jazzmanblues. Keep on travelling. 2 months ago