017 Travel Safety Special – with Phil Sylvester of World Nomads (Podcast)

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Travel Safety Special Episode 017: We speak to Phil from World Nomads about staying safe abroad Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @mytravelfreedom What do you want in the show? Are we moving …

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Do You Need Travel Insurance? Tips to help you decide

Do You Really Need Travel Insurance?

“Nothing’s going to happen to me, I’m young, fit & healthy. Plus it’s expensive, and I only saved enough money for my trip…” Have you had these thoughts before going on a trip? Wondering, do you need travel insurance? You may be going travelling for the first time and just have no idea what travel insurance is, or why you even need travel insurance. Or You may have been on a …

007 Are you a scam magnet? And Varanasi, India (podcast)

Varanasi, India Podcast Episode 007: Are you a scam magnet? And we visit Varanasi, India Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @5dollartravel What do you want in the show? Are we …

Dont visit Asia without these 9 travel toiletries

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Salt toothpaste? Suncream with whitening agent? Moisturiser with extra placenta? If these sound like the wrong products for your next trip to Asia, you’d be right. Turns out, the useful, everyday toiletries we love back home just aren’t that popular in Asia. Toiletries may not be the most exciting topic, but knowing what to what to pack for Asia will make your travels so much more pleasant. So, stock up with …

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Survive India! 12 India travel tips every visitor should know

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Travelling budget in India is a shitstorm. It’s sad to say, but for all the amazing things you’ll experience in India, the amount of negative things you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis can be overwhelming. If you are travelling cheap, and backpacking India, like we did, then you’ll be getting the real local experience. Not the positive cultural one that we normally, actively seek out in most …

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9 Tips on how to eat Asian street food And NOT get sick

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Spewing on your poop is not an ideal travel experience. Asian street food has a reputation for making foreigners sick. After years of travel in Asia and only a couple of instances of mild diarrhoea, we’ve maintained a pretty solid system (pun) for avoiding getting sick from eating street food. We’d like to share our top tips with you. One of the major ways we keep our budget down while …

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16 Asian Taxi scams (and how to beat them)

Taxi drivers all over Asia know how to extort foreigners, and locals. We’ve encountered our fair share of Asian taxi scams but North Indian taxi drivers are by far the most sneaky. Even the most experienced traveller can easily fall prey to some of the lesser used tricks. Not all of these are hardcore scams exactly, some are just ways to eek a few extra dollars out of ignorant foreigners. …

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5 top scams in Cambodia and how to avoid them

Anywhere you find tourists you find scams. And there are plenty of scams in Cambodia! After 4 months living here we’ve seen a lot of scams and a lot of people getting scammed. However, we’ve been proudly scam free ourselves. By knowing what scams in Cambodia exist and the easiest ways to avoid them, you can stay scam free on your visit too.  Avoid these Cambodian Scams 1. Border/Visa Scams …

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How to use Squat Toilets: 10 tips on technique and what to expect

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Going to Asia for the very first time can be a daunting experience. But it’s going in Asia that is the subject of today’s article. Welcome to the land of Squat toilets. Everyone needs to “go” at some point during the day. In Asia you may even find that the change in cuisine can make this matter a bit more urgent (if you know what I mean). We’ve all heard of …

Do Traditional Chinese Doctors Know What They Are On About?

As a Westerner in China you see traditional Chinese medicine stores all over the place. They contain shelves of strange concoctions and herbal medicines that we have never seen or even heard of before and which would certainly be frowned upon by any doctor from back home. But when we were offered the opportunity to visit an actual traditional Chinese doctor we thought we would go along just to see …

Getting your China visa in Hong Kong, the easy way!

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It’s become increasingly difficult for Westerners to get a China visa outside of their home country. Even when you can get a visa they won’t always issue you the duration you’d prefer and you often have to provide a mountain of supporting paperwork to get it. We skip all these issues and pick up a 3 month China visa in Hong Kong by filling in one side of A4 and handing over …