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41. Posted by UnknownWanderer (Budding Member 11 posts) 28w

sorry haven't been on to reply, quieting my nicotine habit is harder than i thought it would be as well as having bad allergies, its rough lol found out that i spent 1200 or so on tobacco in a year... so if i mange to quiet it would help a lot towards saving. iv'e also gave up soda, spent a lot money on that also. i'm eating at home and bring my lunch.

is it easy to get allergy medicine in most countries or is it better to bring some with you?.

so theirs a good chance i'll be mugged aboard? i think i would have a good chance to notice getting pick pocked since i'm not use to having anyone touch me and i tend to keep people at a distance from me, but that might be just foolish thinking on my part.

42. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 55 posts) 28w

Good luck with stopping smoking. In respect of allergy medicine, it really depends on especially on what level of medication you need, how urgently, and which countries you are visiting. Most places we've travelled to, it looked like you could get some kind of antihistamines fairly easily, and in some places you can get some pretty hefty medicines, that in the UK would require a prescription, over the counter. But that won't be the case everywhere, and in some countries, certain standard UK medications are illegal e.g. anything codeine based in Japan.

I would suggest that if you need anything that matters, check on its legality in countries you are visiting, have at least a small supply with you, and then top up where you can. If you need anything essential, take it with you, or have a clear plan to obtain it en route. My husband has a couple of essential meds, and we take a lengthy supply, with a doctor's letter, plus a prescription for the rest and knowledge of where we will be able to get it filled. We also get any import requirements in the countries we visit, and get advance approval if needed. That said, we are perhaps more cautious than some, and you may be happy to wing it.

In terms of pickpockets - a good pickpocket can take most accessible items off you and you'd never know it. I would say the best thing is to take what reasonable precautions you can, such as splitting your cash and cards, and making them as secure as possible. Mugging can happen anywhere, and to anyone. We've been travelling long term, in various places, for five years, and have been fine so far, but I personally know various others who've experienced pickpockets, theft, muggings and even being drugged, taken to a cashpoint and robbed, and then knocked out and left unconscious. Partly it depends on you - being aware of your surroundings, not taking silly risks etc - but as I said, it can happen to anyone, anywhere. We take the approach of having a basic wallet with some cash and an old card that we can hand over in a 'quick mugging' with a separate, more secure stash elsewhere. We also keep an eye when the other is 'vulnerable' (taking photos in certain places, at a flashpoint etc). But if someone really wants everything, there is nothing you can do about it, and we would just hand it over. My thoughts are - take measures to avoid trouble, take cake when you're away, but don't worry about it.

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46. Posted by martin lapore (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w

i need to know how to find out if i will be arrested at the border crossing for a warrant that was put on me after i left the U.S.A

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48. Posted by AdiBecker (Inactive 13 posts) 11w

Thanks guys for sharing.. It help us a lot. Continue sharing. Have a nice day :)

49. Posted by sb19936 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w

Hi Jeremy,

I know exactly how you feel! I have waited for so long to go on the trip of my dreams and this month I will be doing it! My mum lives in New York so I am heading there first, I will make my way through America downwards to South America before crossing to Asia and exploring that region of the world. Ideally I would like to work but I should have enough to see me through for the 6-8 months I plan on being away. I was a bit confused about where to start, I didn't use a travel company to prepare my route (my parents helped me mostly) and I got all the physical items I needed from - my friend told me about them before they went away and it helped to get everything in one place.

I know there are apps you can download to meet people along the way for beers etc so I'm going to do that too, might be worth looking at!

All the best!


50. Posted by michellew5 (Budding Member 20 posts) 6w

Try AirBnb and couchsurfing to get cheap & free accomodation in return of voluntary work. Its the best thing to learn about culture and lifestyles of local people in different region.