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Essential insights about travel-transport
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 Vietnam
Getting around Vietnam is an art form. Taxis, overnight trains and buses, the back of a local’s motorbike - whichever mode of transport you choose the chances are you’ll come out of Vietnam with a story to tell about it!
But you'll travel smarter if you know the ins-and-outs of transport before you go.
Check out these tips for making your journey as smooth as possible (potholes not withstanding) whichever way you choose to travel.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 Philippines
This "undiscovered" gem of Southeast Asia is a beauty! The Philippines is vibrant, full of life and diverse from throbbing metropolises to white sand beaches.
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 Thailand
Travellers are usually overwhelmed by the chaos that is the Thai roads network. This is one of the reasons road accidents are the leading cause of death to foreign tourists in Thailand. Follow these tips to stay safe and avoid being another statistic:
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand is bursting with as much colour, vibrancy and life as it is dark and drab streets. You can experience all that this city has to offer, but keep in mind a few safety precautions to ensure you come out the other side alive!
Check out below for everything you need to know from areas to avoid at night to not getting struck down by a tuk tuk.
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 Argentina
Argentina has the highest traffic mortality rate in South America per 100,000 inhabitants, with Argentinean drivers causing 20 deaths each day.
Mon, 7 Oct 2013 France
French roads are generally great, although it's possible to find some rural roads which will challenge the suspension of the vehicle and the skill of the driver.
Sat, 17 Nov 2012 South Africa
South Africa is a vast country with many long, winding and seemingly endless roads. Most are well kept and easy to navigate, and driving on them is a piece of cake. Others, particularly in rural areas, present more of a challenge to drivers and can be downright dangerous.
Sat, 10 Nov 2012 Denmark
If you love riding your bicycle, you'll love Denmark. Cyclists reign supreme here and often have --or think they have -- the right of way on roads. You can even rent bicycles for free.
Wed, 7 Nov 2012 Trinidad and Tobago
Every tropical destination has its ideal times to visit. But it does come down to if you would prefer to avoid crowds, or avoid rain.
Sat, 3 Nov 2012 Panama
Diablos Rojos are the colourful former school buses that are seen everywhere in Panama, they are the principle form of local transport, costing a measly 25c for a one way fare.
Thu, 1 Nov 2012 Oman
Driving in Oman isn't the Mad Max adventure it can be in other Middle Eastern countries but driving standards do differ from those in most western countries.
Tue, 8 May 2012 Tanzania
Tanzania is a hub of activity in East Africa. It is a large country. From the Serengeti in the north to Dar es Salaam on the coast, getting around can be daunting if you don't have a tour organised.
Mon, 7 May 2012 Tunisia
Tunisia is a Muslim country and it pays to respect the local tradition, customs and religion. During the holy month of Ramadan or when near religious areas, you should take a little extra care not to offend.
Thu, 3 May 2012 Qatar
Navigating Qatar can be a challenge. The country has one of the highest rate of roadway deaths in the world. Part of the problem is the large number of road projects, speeding and frequent roundabouts. The good news is conditions have improved a ...
Tue, 1 May 2012 Nigeria
Getting around in Nigeria can be really difficult, because of bad infrastructure and criminal elements. Travelers should know first and foremost that Nigeria has a lot of traffic. Like, a lot, a lot.
Tue, 10 Apr 2012 Worldwide
The Dutch Antilles island of St Maarten in the eastern caribbean is famous for its�idyllic�tropical location, beautiful beaches, relaxed atmosphere - and for one of the most spectacular airport runways in the world. For the plane spotters, aircraft ...
Wed, 4 Apr 2012 Zambia
By far the most dangerous part of Zambia are the borders with Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You should seriously reconsider your need to travel to these areas as the risk of landmines is very high.
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 Nicaragua
The most authentic way to travel around Nicaragua (and most Central American countries, for that matter) are on the public people movers, nicknamed "chicken buses".
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 Guatemala
They're just so freaking colorful; how can you not want to take a ride on one of these old American school buses while backpacking around Guatemala, or any Central American country for that matter?
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 Botswana
Botswana is a wild and rough wilderness. Untouched and sparsely populated, you can travel for days without seeing anyone. It's the isolation and wild feel that has made Botswana so desired by travellers and so revered by people who attempt to cross its wide frontiers.
Sun, 4 Mar 2012 Netherlands
Most people in The Netherlands own a bicycle (or two) because it's a pretty easy way to get around this generally flat country.
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 Worldwide
The sinking of the Costa Concordia has prompted many people to ask this question. The simple answer is �yes�, if you�re prepared and take reasonable steps to look after your own safety. You�ll find practical tips on how to do that below. Sensibly, ...
Sun, 5 Feb 2012 United Arab Emirates
Driving anywhere in the Middle East can be a very interesting experience for travellers not used to such behaviour, but it does go to a new extreme in the UAE.
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 Mauritania
Mauritania, located in North West Africa struggles with poverty, terrorism, escalating crime rates and heavily mined border areas.
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 Bolivia
Travel within the country, given its rural nature, can be challenging. Some roads are paved, but many still are not.
Fri, 23 Dec 2011 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
You may feel like donning a three-cornered hat, an eye patch and sticking a parrot on your shoulder because this Caribbean gem was the film location for the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 Guinea-Bissau
One of the world's poorest countries, Guinea Bissau can be a challenging travel destination. Once seen as a shining beacon of development potential, it is now largely propped up by international aid.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 Lesotho
Unspoiled landscapes, rugged mountain trails and rural retreats are the major drawcards for travellers to Lesotho. Unfortunately, getting to these isolated spots means braving some challenging roads and dodgy drivers.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 Lesotho
If you're taking a holiday in Lesotho you'll almost certainly be spending most of your time in the mountains.
Wed, 8 Oct 2014 United States
If going home for Thanksgiving was easy, would we appreciate the embrace of our family as much? Still, it is about family so getting there (and home again) safely is what it's all about. Here are some tips to help you arrive in one piece.
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Ever been to the notorious Full Moon Party in Thailand? It's been getting a bit of bad press lately, so we decided to send our Travel Safety reporter Jesse Perez to Koh Phangan to see if it was as dangerous as the mainstream media made it out to be.
What’s a Full Moon Party? A few young travellers (usually more than 20,000) will gather on a beach under a full moon and in front of a strip of bars pumping out dance music. Almost everyone gets wasted on weed, Ya Ba, mushrooms, XTC, or bucket drinks and dances till the sun comes up.
What could possibly go wrong?
Most people walk away from the FMP having had a thoroughly good time, but bad stuff happens - quite often.
Be one of the smart ones who's armed with the knowledge needed to stay safe with this "best full moon party review - ever!"
Thailand is a pretty safe place - if you're sensible about it - but the thing that's most likely to get you in trouble is a rented motorbike. People keep falling off them!
They're also the source of the number one myth about Thailand: You don't need a license to ride a motorbike. You do.
Yeah, we know the guy at the rental shop said you don't, but honestly, you do.
But what about bikes under 50cc, and are you covered if you are injured?
All your 'scooters in Thailand' questions are answered here.