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Go home if you can! If you are travelling in your country of residence, go home and self-isolate there. If travel restrictions make this impossible, contact the relevant authorities for advise. Usually there are some exemptions for essential travel, and travelling from a potentially crowded hostel to your home may well count as valid travel. If you are ...


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In places that I've felt to be a bit dodgier than usual I have done a few things: Sleep in shorts with a pocket and keep the key in my pocket. Thread the key onto a string and wear it around my neck. Put the key and other valuables inside my pillowcase / pillowslip. A good way to not forget your valuables are in your pillowcase is to also stash your ...


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Personally I use the pillowcase method. Small torch, asthma inhaler, old phone I use as an alarm/music player (vibrate wakes me, doesn't wake anyone else, best ever), and locker key, all fit into a corner leaving the rest for me to use. Anyone wants in and they're going to need to physically move me and I'm not going to sleep through that. A quick trick, ...


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Once, when checking an external frame backpack onto a Virgin Atlantic flight I was offered a giant, durable, resealable (great for security checks), clear plastic bag. It was similar to a clear trash bag but thicker and had the airline's logo on it. It seemed like a good solution prevent any straps or hooks from getting caught in the baggage handling. Since ...


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French seems like an obvious choice: Spoken (to some extent, don't expect everybody to be able to communicate with you!) in 20+ countries, not much overlap with English, mostly standardized and easy to learn for English speakers (compared to Arabic or local languages), not limited to a specific region (unlike, say, Swahili which does enjoy some use as a ...


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Yes, visiting Saudi Arabia is probably more difficult than anywhere else in the world, but it's not impossible by any means. First up, if you're a citizen of a Gulf Cooperation Council country, the answer is easy: you don't need a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia. If you're not, you have four (well, three) choices. Actual tourism visas have been suspended ...


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Here's what Esbit says: Is it allowed to carry Esbit solid fuel on commercial airplanes? It is not allowed to carry Esbit solid fuel in your hand baggage. With regard to the provisions of the checked baggage we recommend to directly check with your airline. If you contact your airline, you should refer to the UN number of our solid fuel, which reads ...


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Painting with broad brush strokes about some very large and varied countries here, but I'd go for Japan. India I'd rule out due to the climate alone: March to May is the hot season, and it will be ferociously hot (40+ °C) in the Gangetic plains around Delhi. Of course you could head down south, but then the Taj will be off limits. And then there's the ...


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I spent the first half of thus year in southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia.) First of all, I wouldn't consider this a "rough" part of the world. True, cost of living is much less than the US/Europe, and pay is consequently less. But, generally speaking, the most danger of theft you'll run into while staying in ...


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The cheapest way to travel in Japan is to hitchhike. Getting out of major cities is difficult, but once you're on the road, it's generally amazingly easy to get rides. Some knowledge of Japanese helps, but is not mandatory. Further reading: http://hitchwiki.org/en/Japan Ride sharing is not common, because driving is not the budget option in Japan if you're ...


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Use sodium bicarbonate. To translate that into English, use 'Baking Soda'. Sodium bicarbonate is the main ingredient for baking soda and it has this magical effect on bacteria, especially the ones that live in humid areas. Just put some sodium bicarbonate inside your backpack where it gets humid and leave it overnight, then remove it in the morning and NO ...


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How about using a motion alarm app such as this Android one. Then you either put the key inside the back cover if it will fit, or just tape it to the phone if it won't. If anyone tries to move or take your phone, the alarm will go off and hopefully wake you up. If you're scared of accidentally waking lots of people up, you could perhaps put a similar alarm ...


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Disclaimer / qualifier: I live in Tokyo Go to Japan. Any trip from Brazil to Asia is going to cost a lot, you may as well make the most of it. Japan has no more or less in the tourist / culture / educational areas than China or India. It wins hands-down in the environment category. tap water is drinkable anywhere (probably better than Brazil) public ...


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They generally are a deterrent. They make the backpack much harder to steal and open and so greatly reduce chances of thieves targeting you backpack specifically. They can be broken with the right tool but that means the theif has to have it and time to use it without raising suspicion. This is much harder than cutting a slit into the backpack or just ...


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Visiting India? The two other answers have been rather unwelcoming to India (one of them now deleted), and not just as an Indian, but as someone completely sold into the fact that travelling in India is extremely interesting and fun I would like to answer with a positive bias, strictly speaking I have no knowledge of the other two destinations so I am not ...


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Checked bags may be opened during screening. So the plastic wrap would be removed. You could get a duffel bag with a draw string and put your backpack in it. That would offer more protection then a plastic bag, but it would take some room in your backpack to carry around when your not using the duffel. The TSA's site has some tips.


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While I was Hostel hopping through Europe, I obtained an mp3 player arm band that was silly large (free too). It was big enough for me to put around my upper leg and hold on to my key and phone while not being too uncomfortable...kept everything safe and unless someone was willing to go under my blanket in search of it, it wasn't being found. I also ...


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I spent some months in Southern India last year and compared with some other parts of the world it was indeed a bit harder to meet other travellers. I haven't been to the North of the country yet but I assume it is similar. Some of the best places to meet people is in your dorm room or the hostel kitchen. India doesn't really have that many hostels or a ...


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Those backpacks are very comfortable and they help to reduce the back sweating we all have experienced during long trips. I think the choice depends greatly on the type of trip you are planning to take. If you are leaving for a, let's say, three day trek where you don't need much stuff with you, and you will likely have the backpack with you at all times, ...


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Is it possible? Yes. I usually budget $1,000 per month wherever I travel. But... But I use most of the tricks in the book, depending on the country, to keep prices down. Many people won't be comfortable with some or all of the tricks. Hitchhiking. No trains, no buses. When hitching fails, use ride sharing. Camping. Wild if possible. Finding cheap ...


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Put the key under your bed's leg, it will keep it safe, unless you're such a deep sleeper that someone could steal your bed without you noticing. That's what I do whenever I have to stay in an hotel room or places alike, obviously I'm talking about a regular key, just lift the bed and put the key under one of the bed's leg, it's safer if you use one of the ...


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I have been on a few flixbus journeys within Germany and the rule I follow to get the best prices is to book as early as possible. They quite often run/ran promotions and you do run a risk of missing out on those but unless they are scheduled or you can really expect them the risk of rising prices is higher IMHO. Also as the German long distance bus market ...


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One of the very cheapest ways to travel is the Willer Express Japan Bus Pass, which costs as little as ¥2100 per travel day for unlimited travel.


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In NZ, (and I imagine Australia) you can't Police removed a traveler from a hostel yesterday and have forcibly quarantined her and she will deported at the end of the 14 days. There are now three backpackers currently in custody for not following self isolation correctly. At this point you need to have a correct self isolation plan when you enter the ...


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If you really can't handle the cold shower, why not just heat some water in a pot or kettle? Then mix it the with freezing water (if needed) and sponge-bath like the others suggest. I did this a couple of times when the hot water-supply was off. Easy if you carry a portable heating-element. If you have a thermos flask (admittedly unlikely) you could even ...


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I can't think of any advantage to an HDD, other than cost. Even with automatic parking, the risk of a scratch from a drop is non-trivial, if the drive is in use. (My fairly severe drop resulted in a straight-line gouge across about a quarter of the drive. Luckily, every file not crossing the gouge could be recovered in full.) They use more battery power, so ...


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Ok, Since I travel to Sabah a lot, here is my take on your plan. Fly from KL to KK and make that your start/end point. Explore KK Town Check out the islands (Manukan and Sapi which are only 15 minutes from town) Explore Kinabalu National Park (2 hrs away from KK) Fly KK to Sandakan (45 mins) Explore Sandakan, filled with Eco Tourism. Places like Sepilok ...


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There's a great eHow article on this very topic. But yes, as far as your backpack goes, most backpacks seem to have raincovers these days. I also carry an emergency poncho for myself, although I've only ever used one once (Iguazu Falls). In addition you can wrap your clothes in plastic bags INSIDE your backpack. Don't forget to double bag your electronics....


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Friends of friends stayed on Banda island this year, so it's still up and running. I was told they liked it. Did you consider going up to Jinja? I personally like Eden Rock; it's affordable and right next to the party venue that is Nile River Explorers, meaning you can choose to party and choose to take it easy without having to go far. Alternatively, I ...


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In some countries there are opportunities to shower or bathe that you might not expect. In Thailand, there are "police boxes" (ป้อมตำรวจ), which are mini police stations located on highways at the edge of towns. It seems more than half have showers you can use. Some have signs saying you're welcome to use them. At others just try asking the police. I find ...


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