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    Sri Lanka Safety Now

    Patty, Sri Lanka is one of the places on the "once bad, now good" travel list. The ethnic-based clashes ended several years ago and the country is quite peaceful. We sent 3 passport 7 Plate winners there in 2015. https://www.worldnomads.com/learn/travel-food Check out the amazing food films they made: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpXPo3FsodmXOZUToRsNlpBRyZGXsQnHc 11 days ago

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    How safe is it for Western females to travel the Phillipines?

    Sue, the places you are going in the north are very popular and generally safe destinations. All the bad stuff - kidnappings etc - happen in the far south on the Sulu archipelago. Have a look at this handy map on Australia's smarttraveller site: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/asia/south-east/pages/philippines.aspx Here's our alerts page too: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines/latest-philippines-travel-warnings-alerts I've never heard of the things you've mentioned about Manila airport. It's not a great airport, but if you're airside there shouldn't be any unusual trouble. If you're concerned about things being placed in your luggage check out our tips on bag security here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/9-tips-for-keeping-your-luggage-safe#always-take-zip-ties-for-your-luggage If you're going to be in the airport for a long time, why not take a trip into the city, go visit an air conditioned mall, or a traditional market. manila has a nasty reputation, and petty crime is high, but with a few precautions it'll be better than sitting in an airport. Check out our safety tips: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/philippines 11 days ago

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    Is it safe for a 25 year old blonde american to travel around Myanmar?

    Matt, I guess you're worried by the reports about clashes in the Rahine region? It's not advisable to go there because it's unpredictable. But the remainder of Myanmar is generally safe. Lake Inle and Mandalay are at the opposite end of the country from Rahine. There were some issue in the Mandalay district a couple of years ago, but everything's been fine since. As always she should exercise caution and stay aware - talk to other travelers about potential trouble spots and monitor news reports. Here's some more advice about getting around Myanmar you can share with her. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/myanmar 11 days ago

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    How plentiful are auto gas filling stations along the way `from Melbourne to Perth ?

    The Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain has the longest stretches between service stations (servo in Aussie slang). Between Norseman in Western Australia and ceduna in South Australia service stations are a minimum of 150kms apart and a maximum of 200kms. Fill up at each one. Otherwise there are plenty of opportunities to get fuel. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/oceania/australia/driving-across-australia 26 days ago

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    I'm going to spend 10 days in Phuket & Bangkok.. is there any dress code at both cities? From where can I change money with the best rate?

    During the current official mourning period following the death of His Majesty the King, visitors are advised to dress "respectfully", but I'd hazard a guess and say that's not really being followed by some on and near the beaches. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/thailand The best exchange rate is the one you get when you take money from an ATM. Banks use the interbank transfer rate - which is the true exchange rate. Of course there may be fees from both banks associated with that withdrawal that makes it more expensive... but it's still the best method. 26 days ago

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    Is Australia's Great Barrier Reef worth seeing?

    Absolutely worth it. The bleaching is bad, but not as extensive as media reports would have you believe. Check out this report from the GBR Marine park Authority. Around Cairns the bleaching has affected about 16% of the reef. http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/coral-bleaching And read this on other great things to do around Cairns. https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/oceania/australia/cairns-guide 26 days ago

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    Is Istanbul safe to travel through for a night?

    Heidi, it's relatively quiet at the moment.. but that's no indicator of future possibilities. Remembering that the chances of being a victim of terrorism are extremely small (you're 4 times more likely to be hit by lightning!), you should be ok, but personally I'd stay away from obvious tourist draw cards like the Blue Mosque. As for the airport, that attack occurred outside the secure area, so don't hang around in publicly accessible areas longer than necessary, get checked in and get through security. Or if picking up your bag, hang back from the crowd at the conveyor belt and wait till there's not such an obvious target grouping. But as I say, that's being ultra cautious! Check out our other safety tips for Turkey here: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/middle-east/turkey Phil 4 months ago

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    I am set to travel thru Ataturk airport soon. Today's attack scared me. Should I cancel? If I cancel, is it covered by Nomad insurance?

    Annie, it depends on your country of residence... and a bunch of other factors. When are you traveling there? When did you buy your WN policy? I'll get an unofficial answer for you, but for the best advice you should call the customer assistance line.You'll find the relevant number here: https://www.worldnomads.com/contact-us 5 months ago