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    KAMAL !! If anything happen...

    by AliJoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KAMAL !! If anything happen during your Tour here...avoid this Law's Firm KAMAL, did you see the 'life' logo on the top of the door...emm that a real sign, they chew you like a chewing gums or buble gummer !!

    Law(n) Sharker
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    KOLOSTRUM..Make You Read !!

    by AliJoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is real nice Chief..COLORING
    My kids sure like it !!. What a wonderful culture that you upholding Chief. No wonder, Mr Christopher Columbus sailling day and night just want to shake hand with you Chief....I will follow his foot step, but..I won't claim thats my 'New World'.

    Kolostrum Make Me Read
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    Route 66 To Heaven..

    by AliJoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Emmm, Chief !! This is A Malaysian's Boy...who will meeting you ASAP. As far as I'm concern, he is okay...but, he is having a kind of bad habbit...he's addicted to Virtual Tourist.Com...please Chief, ask him to log off and shut down his Notebook before 2200 hrs. If he failed to do so, please Chief, call 911...

    Last Look For Home !!
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    by AliJoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Check with local US's Embassy
    a) Visa...b) Type of Driving/Riding Licence for
    the Whole State...c) Where to Obtain the
    Licence/ International's Driving Licence
    Accepted ?...d) Valid Road Map/Include
    Secondary Road Map...e) Which Port the Best
    to Received the Cargo (Bike)...Pittsburg, PA
    is okay ?...e) US's Custom and Port Clearance
    System & Law...g) When the Best Season
    ( assumed Summer ).

    2..Budgets Distance to
    Individual stop over....a) Gasoline...b)Hostel
    c) Motorcycle maintenance shop..d) Dealer or
    local HONDA agent.

    Single...but Handsome !!
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    Fake Invalids @ DENVER

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2010

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    In the Denver Mall, you find beggars.

    One of these, we happened to see pushing his wheel-chair along, we laughed about this. Later on, we saw it was no laughing matter, he had a good con going, was sitting in it, wanting handouts!
    Suckers come in!

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    Bag snatchers in DENVER

    by balhannah Updated Dec 20, 2010

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    We were warned by our tourist coach driver to be careful and aware here, said there were a few undesirables here. Keep to the city centre, and don't wander too far on your own.

    First, We saw a drug bust.
    Next, we were in a supermarket in the mall getting a few essentials when I came close to having my bag stolen. I was in an aisle on my own, when a menacing voice from behind asked me if I was on my own. I took off to the shops counter, rather shaken.

    It was one place where I didn't expect this, as there were heaps of people in the shop.


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    The Security Paranoia

    by SunnyIsle Updated Dec 7, 2010

    Do not book connections for less than two hour delay. The security checks can really take you up to two hours. I was almost panicking after a lenghtly security check to connect from Miami to Houston. That was a breathtaking race.

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  • National and State Parks

    by JeffinAZ Updated Oct 16, 2010

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    If you are visiting the United States and enter a National or Statel Park, please show the highest respect. We Americans are very very proud of our countries beautiful scenary. These parks were created for EVERYONE in the world to enjoy. Enjoy them!

    A few hints:

    Do not push your way through lines or talk loud or act rude. Talking loud, particularly in a foreign language, is considered extremely rude, disrespectful and unacceptable. It's not that you are speaking a foreign language, it's that you are inconsiderate of other people in the area who are enjoying the scenary and solitute. We don't like it (even when America's talk loud), and you will get a disgusting look, and probably some comments that you won't enjoy. Also, don't bud in line or push your way through a line. This is extreme insult to other's in line. Don't do it. People will put you in your place, or in some cases get extremely agitated.

    But after all this, Please keep our Parks clean.

    Also, when you meet a US Citizen in the park, please tell them how beautiful their country is. You will get a huge smile and a hearty Thank You. They will also probably tell you the best place for pictures and views.

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    many terrains, many natural dangers

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 20, 2010

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    The USA has many different terrains. It is what makes it so spectacular but this variety also means there are many different types of natural disasters that can come your way. Hurricanes, flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes are the big name dangers but even seemingly harmless things like thunderstorms, hail, and snow can wreck havoc on travel plans. Another thing to keep in mind are extremes of hot and cold. It can be 140 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley and pretty damn cold in lots of places especially once you get to high elevations.

    Keep abreast of local forecasts and a watchful eye on the horizon doesn't hurt either. If traveling by car, it's one time you'll be glad you have all that camping gear you've been lugging around. Keep plenty of water on hand, especially if traveling in the desert too.

    the desert presents many potential dangers
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    hotels and rental cars during sports events

    by cochinjew Written Jul 4, 2009

    I am not at all interested in american football or baseball. but recently I had to pass through Omaha Nebraska and they were having some National or International (how can they call domestic matches international when i dont see any teams from Libya participating?).. The good people at AVIS rent a car as well as the Hotel advised me that for ten days all rates would be doubled and that it would be difficult to get a car or a room in Omaha. so if you are going through the football belt or when there is the season, it is better to check.. especially in foot ball crazy midwestern states.. good luck..

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    Finger printing and iris reading on arrival

    by cochinjew Written Mar 5, 2009

    For the first time, today, 5th March, on arrival at the Miami International Airport, i had to have my finger prints taken and iris photographed. i asked the agent, now that the information in on the computer, the next time i dont have to do it? he said, from now on, every time i enter the country i will have to do this.. ah well. so be prepared for it.. I think if you are an american citizen you are exempt from this.. all others have to go through this..

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    USA Road Trip witb babies : Rotavirus

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 15, 2009

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    I decided to put this here since a lot of VTers have questions about road trips in USA with young kids...

    We have twins and we have been travelling with them since they were six weeks old (when we took them on a 2000 mile road trip through 4 states). The USA is very child-friendly because the freeways have rest areas and stops everywhere, with all the essentials easily bought.

    The only problem with kids less than one year is if they catch a nasty gastrointestinal virus (like my daughter did when we brought them to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras before Katrina). My daughter got the nasty Rotavirus, but my son did not.

    Of course, you can get ROTAVIRUS anywhere in the world...and just be aware of good hygiene anywhere you go...but sometimes, despite your precautions, the virus finds its way into the body....

    I don't think she got it from the plane ride - she most likely got it from our friend's kid whom we later learned had rotavirus about 2 weeks before (we drove to Texas from New Orleans). She had frequent watery diarrhea, so we brought her immediately to the hospital where IV hydration was started (I poked my daughter myself with the needle to get the IV since I am a physician and her veins were already collapsed from dehydration) and she was admitted for a day.

    With these young kids, bring to hospital when you see frequent diarrhea as dehydration happens very quickly. And although difficult, it may be prudent to avoid having frequent contacts with other kids who may appear sick or just got sick.

    And not to scare you, but here are the facts:

    "Google Rotavirus: On Wikipedia"---- More than 500,000 children under five years of age die from rotavirus infection each year,and almost two million more become severely ill.In the United States, rotavirus causes about 2.7 million cases of severe gastroenteritis in children, almost 60,000 hospitalisations, and around 37 deaths each year. Public health campaigns to combat rotavirus focus on providing oral rehydration therapy for infected children and vaccination to prevent the disease. By the age of five, nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once. However, with each infection, immunity develops, subsequent infections are less severe,and adults are rarely affected.

    Other things about travelling on USA road with kids:

    Hotels and restaurants are generally "ready" for small kids, with baby chairs available and cribs available sometimes. But we still use our disinfecting wipes" before using any chairs....There are "family rooms" in malls, and most restrooms in respectable establishments have diaper changing areas. Discreet breastfeeding is socially acceptable.

    Daughter had Rotavirus Diarrhea when 1 year old
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  • US Laws are Severe Toward Non-citizens

    by stevenlpowell Written Nov 25, 2008

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    US laws towards non-citizens are very severe and inflexible. If you have any violation of a law in any country, past or present you may face the danger of mandatory imprisonment, if you are lucky you will be immediately deported. Drug violations, even minor ones are treated very severely. ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), are trained to question you in ways that will lead to an admission of guilt. You don’t have to be convicted of a crime to be arrested; only an admission is grounds for mandatory detention. The average length of imprisonment is 37 days but some stay for months and sometimes years. Release on bail is difficult and unlikely. You will not receive any legal assistance from the US government you must pay for that yourself. Non-citizens are often transferred to remote locations where communication is difficult. These jails have been cited by human rights organizations as inhumane. People have died in them due to lack of medical treatment. Human Rights Watch is pleading with the US government to correct abusive conditions. US courts have little jurisdiction over the activities of ICE. Non-citizens have few rights once trapped by ICE. Be careful.

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    Lock Your Bags?

    by Court94403 Written Aug 4, 2008

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    U.S. Customs is allowed to open and search you bags at any time. However, most travelers that I know especially Americans lock their bags. We use locks approved by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). Locks not recognized by Customs as a TSA lock will be broken and destroyed. Four years ago I had two locks removed and broken. If you are using an approved lock customs will unlock your bag, search through it and leave a note inside that your bag was opened and re-lock it. But be careful using these locks, lock the suitcase up at the top where the handle is not on the sides of the bag, sometimes the locks get caught in the baggage conveyor belts. For more info go to locks can also be ordered from this website.

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    by DAO Updated May 13, 2008

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    In The 1970’s someone invented the Drive-Thru for fast food restaurants. This meant that suddenly millions of Americans were liberated from the need to walk when getting huge bags of unhealthy food. Yep, exercise was cut right down to make it easier. Now you can see (and I have pictures) lots of cars in a huge line belching toxic fumes into the environment because EVERYONE wants to go through the Drive-Thru! Me? I park and, get this, walk inside the whole 20-40 feet and what do I find? I get served right away and have any table I want usually.

    America has an obesity problem. Drive-Thrus? Deadly.

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    Oct 2, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Regarding the review by Briantravelman regarding photography:

    This review isn't exactly accurate. Please reference this statement from the USFS:

    Specifically this paragraph:
    "The proposal does not change the rules for visitors or recreational photographers. Generally, professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs."

    Similar restrictions have already been in place for some time, and this is not an unreasonable expansion of those considering the amount of damage and disruption that professional film/photography crews can - and have - caused in fragile environments.

    The issue is that some of the language in proposed directive was seen as nebulous, and some inaccurate conclusions were made by the press. Work is underway by the FS to clear up any confusion. So don't panic: take those vacations photos! Hope this helps!

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      Oct 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Thank you, Kimberly. I think it is vitally important that travel guide tips are as factually accurate as possible and I know VT takes that view as well.

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      Oct 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks, Ladies. We don't want a bunch of nervous tourists afraid to post their beautiful shots here on VT now, would we?

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There is information flotating around that photography at the National Parks in the US is no longer allowed.  That information is incorrect. 

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