Items Banned from Import

Some foreign societies had strict limitation on what is allowed in their country. Common sense doesn’t cover some of these things.   Mountain Dew and some Citrus based carbonated drinks This is banned in many European countries and Japan. One ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is considered an unsafe food additive.   Chewing Gum Not […]


Overseas websites periodically mention some strange facts about the mysterious land of Australia. The dangerous and wild animals seem a popular topic. But the lists are often sensationalized, even if there are some particularity poisonous snakes and spiders in the country. These lists seem to simultaneously arouse some fear and fascination, a bit like a […]

Packing Tips

If you have enough clothing for three days you have enough for a short trip. A longer trip means washing and re-wearing the clothes. But you still have to factor in any specialized items. Take sporting gear and swimwear only if you are going to use it, and if hiring isn’t feasible. Take something that […]

Things You Notice When Travelling

You can get use to most things in three days or less. Jet lag disappears is about this time. I tend to adapt to foreign food in this time, but the trend is offset by the fact I take about the same amount of time to find some local equivalents to what I’m used to. […]