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    Are earthquakes an issue for hikers / campers / mountaineers in Iceland?

    Hey Scott, Ingo just replied to me. Here's what he said: About the question then, no not really. As common as earthquakes are here I can't remember an incident where an earthquake lead to Injuries to hikers in recent years here in Iceland. Avalanches are more common and they are caused more by bad weather then anything else. We are more worried about volcanic eruptions and glacier floods associated with them. Here is a link to some hazard assessments done by the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management http://www.almannavarnir.is/english/articles/ and here is a map of earthquakes in Iceland during the last 48 hours, just to give you an idea of the magnitude http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes#view=map . Hope this helps 4 days ago

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    Are earthquakes an issue for hikers / campers / mountaineers in Iceland?

    I'll pass this on to my friend Ingo Bjargmunsson, the 2014 photo scholarship winner, who lives in Iceland.https://www.worldnomads.com/learn/travel-photography/ I'll get back to you. Phil 4 days ago

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