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41. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

My husband is going to learn some Russian and some Swedish, perhaps some Finnish and some of their traditions and cultural norms

I wouldn't bother for Sweden and Finland. Since you are only going to the capital cities, they all learn English anyway and once they hear your accent is different they assume you are foreign and speak to you in English anyway Also in China a lot of locals use tourists as way of practising English so they'll be expecting you to speak English. I wouldn't stress too much about learning the culture of the places you are visiting, your time in your destinations will be so short that it will hardly be time to imerse yourself in their culture not to mention that you will be spending your tme in the most touristy places of your destinations (I think you're underestimating how many tourists visit your destinations) and therefore be surrounded by more tourists than locals.

On a side note Bali speaks Indonesian. Balinese is basically a lost language, also since everyone has been mentioning Russian visas, you should keep up with visa requirements for Indonesia.

42. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Time to vacate this thread .. far to much negative responses & abuse passing as advice. If the objective was to push people to go to another website consider it accomplished

43. Posted by akh42010 (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Agreed, your advice and encouragement has been a breath of fresh air though Steve. And I think you have a travel style much more like my family's, so I feel any information you provide will be super helpful. Is it ok if I message you and cut out the rest of the chatter, lol?

44. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

far to much negative responses & abuse passing as advice

There have been some negatives comments I agree but abusive seems a bit harsh of an accusation , Reading through the comments myself I don't feel anyone is being abusive. I could be naive, (I do like to see the good in everyone:)) but you could also just be misinterpreting some of the comments.

45. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2089 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I thought I was being helpful.

46. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

somewhere for us to volunteer at least twice during the trip, maybe in Bali

You will need to do some research and the rules could change by the time you travel but I have heard that it may be illegal for foreigners on a tourist visa to do volunteer work in Indonesia. Whatever volunteer work you do, research it thoroughly. Unfortunately especially in Asia there are a lot of scammers and sometimes even if you think you are helping you may contributing to unethical practices. This link while they do answer their own questions they are good questions to ask any organisation you are considering volunteering with:

https://www.workingabroad.com/volunteer-abroad/ethical-volunteering/

This is also a good article on things to think about when considering voluteering overseas

http://blog.grassrootsvolunteering.org/ethics-of-international-volunteering/

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2017, at 18:18 by Teoni ]

47. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Everyone talks about visas but I forgot about other entry forms. If you do decide to go to Australia (which in my biased opinion I recommend) don't forget to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). US citizens are required to have one. Of course things can change in the next four years but there doesn't seem to be any plans by our government to change this particular procedure.

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