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An appeal to Madmac from a Somali

Posted by sayadian on 17/3/2012 at 02:57

This morning I spoke to a very disrtaught Somali guy who has been stuck in Cambodia as a refugee for 10 years.He's getting old now and he wants to go home to his family to spend the last days of his life.He says he has U.N. refugee status here but despite going to the U.N. and the American Embassy they won't help him.I know you spent some time in Somalia and have a certain affection for the peole so you are the only one I could think of to try and make sense of what is happening.Do you have any ...

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Viewed 4,019 times, with 23 replies. Last reply by sayadian on 6/4/2012 at 20:53


Long-term Travel Worries

Posted by rledez1990 on 27/3/2012 at 06:39

Hi everyone, I was laying in bed last night after an evening of being really excited about travelling for 6 months, and suddenly felt really worried... what if someone in my family gets ill (...or dies...) while I'm away? My nan (grandmother) is as fit as a fiddle now but she's got an underlying illness and she's getting older - what if something happened while I was on the other side of the world? The thing is, I'm not really a 'what if' kind of person so I suppose what I'm looking for here i ...

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Viewed 2,862 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by bedu on 29/3/2012 at 05:08

Changing Thailand:Paradise Lost.

Posted by SBE on 26/6/2011 at 19:58

Did you know that fifty years go Pattaya had a wide beach and that there will be no natural beach left at all soon due to sand erosion. It used to be 35 meters wide and is now 3 meters wide and disappearing at a rate of 2 meters a year. To remedy this a totally artificial beach is being built for Pattaya's tourists. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/movie/feature201106222109.html According to that report, the reason for the erosion is climate change and building concrete structures alon ...

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Viewed 4,209 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 19/3/2012 at 07:13

The Kindle

Posted by MADMAC on 26/2/2012 at 23:18

I received one as a Christmas gift, and for travelling they're great. Battery lasts forever, and prior to your departure you can download more books than you'll possibly read. The only negative is they don't have a backlit screen (good for reading in natural light though) so when on a bus or in the dark for whatever reason, you need a second light source. But great when reading in bed and better still when reading while eating (no more problem holding the book open when you don't have a free han ...

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Viewed 1,799 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by 9preciousGems on 28/2/2012 at 06:30

The mighty Minsk

Posted by sayadian on 11/7/2011 at 20:23

In Phnom Penh I fell in love with a motorbike which sounds like a lawnmower but reminds me of the old British bikes which you could maintain with a adjustable spanner(wrench) and a screwdriver.Does anybody have experience of these lazy beasts? I know the coil tends to go on them but are they reliable otherwise and what price will I pay? I heard of one as cheap as $80.I want a Soviet era one if possible. ...

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insurance issue...

Posted by sorabee on 7/2/2012 at 10:00

Hello Everyone... My question is exactly this: "What is my country of permanent residence?" I live in Athens Greece with a residence permit/work permit. I am originally from South Korea so I hold a South Korean passport. So should I put S.Korea as my permenant residence or Greece? I am rather confused because I have not lived in S. Korea since 1998 but I do not technically have the right to "permenantly" live in Greece without renewing my permit... I need to get a travel ins ...

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Viewed 1,517 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by KirstyB on 7/2/2012 at 21:17

I thought we were done travelling but...

Posted by rledez1990 on 4/2/2012 at 11:57

I travelled South East Asia (and Australia) with my boyfriend in 2010 before Uni, and then went back to Thailand last summer for 6 weeks. We thought we were done with travelling and I haven't been back to travelfish since: my boyfriend got a good job and working towards my degree. The thing is, we can't get the idea of one last big trip out of our head, before mortgages and kids etc tie us down. Is it unwise to take more time out of 'real life' to travel again? Should we be saving for a mortgag ...

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Viewed 2,014 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by rledez1990 on 5/2/2012 at 09:54

Looking for inspiration

Posted by gill1 on 29/1/2012 at 09:10

Hi My husband and I are in our early 50's and have decided to take 6mths out to travel. Last year we had 6mths and went to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, we had such a blast we want to do it all again. However, we do not want to go back to the above - we want to try something new. We are starting with Australia for 1 month then we need inspiration. We are starting next Jan in Aus. Due to our limited funds it has to be relatively cheap once there! Any ideas? Looking forward to all yo ...

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Viewed 1,418 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 1/2/2012 at 09:42

Private Messages ?

Posted by daawgon on 26/1/2012 at 18:08

I see there is a button for received and sent messages, but no buttons to actually send PM's? Can someone explain this, thanks. ...

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Viewed 1,604 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 28/1/2012 at 17:25

Travelfish on Facebook

Posted by fondo on 25/1/2012 at 00:12

I'd just like to let you know how much I enjoy getting the Travelfish blog posts via Facebook. Generally speaking, I'm well over forums despite my addictive reading of them, but the blogs are providing me with some of the most interesting travel stuff I've read in years. Thanks guys! ...

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Viewed 1,371 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 28/1/2012 at 17:17

Other travel websites

Posted by hayden1988 on 8/4/2011 at 16:02

I think this website is amazing but was wondering if any one knows of similar sites for different parts of the world, USA? Europe? South America? Regards Hayden ...

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Viewed 3,783 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 14/1/2012 at 10:25

Happy New Year!

Posted by eastwest on 1/1/2012 at 05:34

Well, that's just it. Can't add more than wishing everyone love, health and happiness. Oh, and of course lots of travel in SEA. ...

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Viewed 1,399 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 2/1/2012 at 11:49

Merry Christmas all!

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/12/2011 at 07:25

So according to the Norad Santa site, the dude with the reindeer in currently over PNG, so we're bunkering down here in Bali to lay in wait. Merry Christmas all - have a good day and take it easy on the gingerbread men ...

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Viewed 1,429 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by madz on 27/12/2011 at 05:57

Moving very slowly

Posted by MADMAC on 11/12/2011 at 05:56

This is kind of a curiousity thing, but most of the time when the subject of bus travel comes up, people are moving fairly long haul distances. I wonder has anyone here moved along really slowly, from Ampur to Ampur on a Song Taew or like, spending one day in one small town, the next in another, and so forth? And if so, how much did they enjoy that? ...

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Viewed 5,098 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 24/12/2011 at 03:46

I love this site

Posted by whiteelephant on 22/7/2009 at 17:46

I've b/reading and using this site for a few months now and love it. Just wanted to say thanks. A couple of suggestions tho: 1: More pics 2:Some kind of personal messaging 3: and it would be great if members (yes i kno i only just became one) could vote on what we think are useful answers and what are not. Maybe just a thumb up or down? Keep up the good work, I've not been back to TT once since finding this site. ...

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Viewed 4,927 times, with 22 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 23:41

My eyes have been opened... advice needed.

Posted by Geezy on 25/10/2011 at 17:37

Hello all, I have recently returned from a 3 week trip around Thailand and Laos, heading to Chiang Mai and slow boat to Luang Prabang which has absolutely blew my mind. It was my 3 week break from work which gave me the opportunity to do this. I have traveled around Thailand before to the islands which was great bt this time the trip has actually left me with a unsatiable appettite to travel more, to the point were I want to quit my job and go traveling for 4 months next year and find a job ...

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Viewed 5,470 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:55

meditation retreats

Posted by mmcphee7117 on 27/5/2011 at 09:51

Does anyone know of any good extended meditation retreats in Indonesia, Maylasia, or Thailand? I am a bit more interested in Zen rather than Theravada but I'm aware that the area is predominately the latter so I'm open to it. I'd say I am a fairly experienced and somewhat knowledgeable Mediator so I'm looking for something which is not quite "introductory" but does provide for a good beginner style learning environment (if that makes sense). ...

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Viewed 3,607 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:49

Nice and quiet beach accommodation?

Posted by Sampan on 22/12/2011 at 23:42

Hello Forum! I'm looking to find a nice quiet beach hideout (with tons of sunshine) and some nice, backpacker-budget friendly accommodation to just relax to the melting point for a few weeks, I also woulden't want to have to spend to much effort to get there... That's not to much to ask for in the middle of peak season, is it?? I'm in Luang Prabang at the moment and would be looking to fly from here. I found a flight with Vietnam airlines to Siem Reap, and one idea would be to get from the ...

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Planning my 2nd trip :D

Posted by potta_boro on 19/12/2011 at 09:42

Its been a while considering I was on travel fish everyday from may-November!! I completed my first ever 'backpacking' trip in November an it was the best thing I'd ever done, absOlutely loved it! With a lot of help from travel fish!! I basically travelled Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and phillipines, not everything went to plan and I spent probably double what i planned mainly due to accommodation and domestic flights, it was basically a long holiday (all because my gf is too girly) so didn't ...

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How do people travel?

Posted by Geezy on 10/8/2010 at 23:03

I'm really interested in other peoples approaches to travelling. I went to Thailand for the 1st time last year. It was my first long haul out of Europe. To be honest when i got there my head went to pieces. I didnt really know how to approach the whole 'travelling' experience. With booking flights, how to get different accomodation day after day, booking trains and things like that. If you have any advice or experiences about travelling logistics i woould love to hear it. Thanks Geezy ...

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Viewed 10,983 times, with 21 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 16/12/2011 at 22:14


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