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    What's the difference between a ristorante, bar, chiosco, rosticceria, & trattoria, in Italy. When would you eat at each of these places?

    A chiosco is a kiosk, like a food stall. A ristorante is a more upmarket restaurant, white cloth tables. A trattoria - literally a tavern - is a more informal restaurant. A rosticceria is a kind of Italian takeaway place. They cook traditional Italian food, but it's for quick turnaround... eat-n-go or takeaway. And bar is a drinking establishment that also sells food, often small plates or bar food. When would you eat at these places? As often as possible! Phil about 24 hours ago

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    Safest route from US into MX by truck camper?

    It's generally within 20 to 50 miles of the border that there's potential trouble, so gas up and keep going for a while. World Nomads went to SLP a year or so back, check out our videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qjjaf3QOs A very safe place. Hope you have a plan for getting around/across the Darien Gap to get to South America? 1 day ago

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    Clothing and footwear for Peru, Amazon basin

    I also discovered on my trip that most lodges supply rubber boots. Just pick your size from the front. Of course, you switch back into your regular shoes for walking around the lodge. So, no need to take your own. Although I did take my trusty hiking boots, which I think are more comfortable than rubber boots. 1 day ago

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    I wish I read your article before I went out for a drink

    Hi Bill, Glad to hear you're okay now.... but please go see a doctor to make sure. Can I suggest you do report it to the authorities, even if you don't make a formal complaint, and even if they don't act on this one, good policing comes from a build-up of intelligence. They'll probably be grateful for the info. And don't worry - it can happen to anyone! Phil 1 day ago

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    I jus went japan on april 2016, will the radiation harm my health?

    Chew, as I've tried to explain in this article: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/japan/how-dangerous-is-the-radiation-in-japan Unless you stood inside the broken reactor building in Fukushima, it is extremely unlikely you have been exposed to anything above normal background radiation limits. Even if you ate beef from cows that grazed inside the Fukushima exclusion zones, you'd have to eat a whole cow to reach un-safe levels. You were exposed to 3 times higher-than-normal background radiation levels on the plane flight over to Japan, but does that worry you? The radiation levels in Tokyo are generally low by world standards (New York and London are more radioactive). Don't worry. Phil about 1 month ago

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    is it safe to travel to Croatia now

    Yes, generally safe. Check outour tips and advice here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/croatia/ about 1 month ago

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    Is it save for a 73 year mature fit Caucasian woman to travel alone in Manila on her own

    Hi Maria, we get asked this from time to time. Here's a recent answer that applies to your circumstances. https://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/philippines/23494/is-manila-a-safe-place-to-be-travel-to Pretty safe in the popular tourist areas, but if you want to go deep into the city to explore you will be best served to get a local guide. 2 months ago

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    Hi Phil,I read your article from 2013 about Trinidad

    Hey Paul Good question, Not one I can answer immediately. What I will do is commission a Nomad who has some recent experience to audit that content and give us an up to date assessment. Might take a few days. bear with me. Phil 2 months ago