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    What are the daily costs walking Camino de Santiago?

    My friend who is currently in Ages (after a 28km walk on his birthday) says: $50 a day. 6 days ago

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    Does it save time at the airport in Bali to to obtain an tourist visa from the Indonesian embassy (in Cape Town) beforehand?

    The visa-on-arrival process is pretty quick at Denpasar, you'll probably spend more time at the Consulate in Cape Town. There are services to 'fast-track' you on arrival, they take your passport and the $US35 for the visa and jump the queue for you. It costs about $US25 for the service. Look them up on Google. 6 days ago

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    What are the daily costs walking Camino de Santiago?

    I have a friend doing the walk right now. I've sent him a message and hopefully he can answer for you. Phil 6 days ago

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    Is it safe to be travelling in Antakya, Turkey?

    I assume you're worried about being close to the Syrian border? Here's a map of the locations of refugee camps in that area. http://www.avicennajmed.com/viewimage.asp?img=AvicennaJMed_2012_2_2_25_99148_u5.jpg Best to avoid those spots. Phil at the safety hub. 8 days ago

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    Is travel in Egypt safe today?

    A number of foreign governments that had imposed travel warnings have now lifted them (slightly) and many tour companies have resumed operations. My daily check of new repots hasn't mentioned Egypt in quite a while, so it's definitely a lot calmer than a year ago. However, there's still some tension, and there's been a return to conservative religious views - some may be less tolerant of westerners than they once were. I'm not saying this will absolutely happen to you, it's just something to be aware of, and act accordingly. It sounds like you're a seasoned World Nomad, if so you'll know how to keep a low profile and avoid antagonising anyone. Just take care. Phil at the safety hub. 8 days ago

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    Does an American need a Brazilian visa for visiting Iguazu waterfalls for one day?

    Officially, crossing from Argentina to Brazil DOES require a visa, but as Mathew points out, it's usually waived for day visitors. more info and tips are here: http://safety.worldnomads.com/Brazil/69948/Navigating-the-Amazon-in-Brazil Phil at the safety hub. Check out visa requirements with this handy website: http://www.doineedavisafor.com/ Phil at the safety hub 8 days ago

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    How do you deal with Australian summer heat?

    Make sure you wear a hat (please, no corks!), sunscreen (30+spf), a t-shirt, and drink plenty of water. The average temp is 26 Celsius (79F), and we get a few days over 30 C and very rarely a day over 40. But if it gets that hot EVERYONE goes to the beach! http://safety.worldnomads.com/Australia/68256/Australia-Beach-and-Sun-Safety Just remember, January is peak season for drop-bears! http://australianmuseum.net.au/Drop-Bear Phil at the safety hub. 20 days ago

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    What is the current terrorist threats in India? Any places to avoid?

    Jammu and Kashmir states are on several nation's Do Not Travel lists, and even visiting the cities of Jammu and Srinagar is recommended against because of the threat of clashes. Those states are also experiencing flooding from monsoonal rain at present. Kerala is a bit tense at the moment. (BTW, authorities have banned alcohol except in 5 star international hotels). I'd also like to hear from recent travellers (or those still there). What do you suggest people? Phil at the safety hub 20 days ago