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  1. Wayne on May 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Hi. I’m going to Vietnam from Australia next month on Australian passport. Have you heard of any problems with voa or should I be 100% confident using it? Thanks. Wayne. Cairns Aus

    • Elisabeth Sowerbutts on June 24, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Sorry for the late reply – I’ve never heard of anyone being denied – its a money-making venture basically – just make sure your passport is valid 6 months after your intended departure date from Vietnam

  2. Patricia on October 5, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Lis, I see you have had a long discussion on TripAdvisor about an independent trip to China. We are planning a similar trip from Dunedin next February and i just wondered whether you have been now and if so, what your experiences and advice might be?

    • Elisabeth Sowerbutts on October 9, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Patricia – I’m leaving next week for 3 weeks in West Sichuan – is that the trip you’re taking about? (I planned to do a trip to Xinjang a couple of years ago -but that didn’t happen after my partner got very ill a week in). Where you you planning on going?

      • Patricia on October 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

        Hope the trip is going well, Lis. Will be very interested to hear about it afterwards please! We start in Taiwan at the end of January, then fly to Kunming, and train via Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai-la, fly to Chengdu, train Xi’an, Pingyao, Beijing. Then fly to Fairbanks Alaska (all home swaps in the states), New York, train to Birmingham, Al, thinking of driving th Natchez trace section to New Orleans, the driving to Houston and back to NZ. Ten weeks. Would love to hear any tips on the trace especially (we have travelled a lot and driven in many countries). Great post on light packing BTW – thanks for that!

  3. Harold Green on December 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Lis, I’ve been following your thread on CruiseCritic,
    “Do we need to change for Afternoon Tea or dance lessons?”, and responding under the name JACK. I followed your link to your blog. Very impressive and I’m sure it will become one of my travel resources. I thought this might be a better way to share with you a link to some pictures from my wife and my two crossings on the QM2. My hope is that these on board pictures might be helpful in preparing for your Sidney-PNG voyage on the QE. You can find my picture montages on YouTube by searching HGQM2-2017 and HGQM2-2018.

    Harold Green (aka Jack Dawson)

    • Elisabeth Sowerbutts on December 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      How no – your name isn’t really Jack Dawson LOL – checking out your youtube now!

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