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    Havana,do's and dont's, places to see and how much time needed there???

    Check out our travel insights for Cuba: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/cuba A few do's and don'ts to help you make the most of the trip. Phil 13 days ago

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    Is it safe to travel to Tanzania & Zanzibar with recent worldwide terrorist threats?

    There have been a number of incidents in Zanzibar in which western tourists were deliberately targeted that pre-date the current heightened terror threat. Two young british women had acid thrown on them while walking in Stone Town in mid 2013. In Feb 2014 a couple of improvised bombs exploded at a cathedral and a tourist restaurant - although no-one was killed. These were not "terror" attacks in so far as they were not the work of an organised terror organisation, instead individuals with extreme fundamentalist views decided to vent their anger at the intrusion of Western values into the mainly Muslim island. This tension, which was manifest in these terrible, heinous crimes, is well known, and you should take this into account if you decide to go to Zanzibar. On the upside, the island relies heavily on tourism income and most of the residents support and encourage tourism. Just the luck of the draw really. Has the recent call by ISIS for more "lone wolf" attacks increased that danger - about as much as it has in the rest of the world. Check out our other tips for smart travel in Tanzania: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/tanzania Phil 13 days ago

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    Is it safe to travel in Turkey?

    There appear to be no refugee camps in that vicinity, check this UN map: http://www.avicennajmed.com/viewimage.asp?img=AvicennaJMed_2012_2_2_25_99148_u5.jpg From news reports I hear that occasionally weapons fire strays across the border into Turkey, but as a consequence of IS chasing fleeing refugees rather than deliberate action. Best advice is to stay 5 to 10kms away from the border if at all possible. Phil about 1 month ago

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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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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. 2 months 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. 2 months ago