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  1. S
    December 10, 2019 @ 11:19 pm

    You can’t drink the tap water in Hong Kong unless you boil it first.

    • Ali Garland
      December 11, 2019 @ 11:10 am

      Thanks, not sure how I got that wrong, but I’ll change it!

  2. Caroline
    October 26, 2014 @ 2:20 am

    In the rural areas of the country outside Seoul, and in some industrial cities, the water isn’t safe for drinking. I lived in Asan 2 hours south of Seoul and the locals advised me not to drink the water, though being lazy one night, I brushed my teeth with it and was fine…

    • Ali Garland
      October 26, 2014 @ 10:15 am

      Thanks Caroline, there are definitely exceptions to any rule. Rural areas can be different in some countries, so I’m glad they warned you.

  3. Matthew Cheyne
    October 8, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    I can tell you now that not all Australian so-called drinking water is drinking water. Melbourne’s is by far the best in the country and I would have no qualms in drinking that at all. Drive 2 hours down the Princes Highway to Morwell in the Gippsland region where I live and it’s a completely different story. Our water comes out of the Latrobe River and tastes absolutely awful. I refuse to drink it and I buy bottled water by the six pack at least twice a week the Aldi around the corner for drinking purposes. I think in most of regional Victoria at least, rivers are tapped for the drinking water or small reservoirs are constructed. The problem with this is that during dry spells and especially during droughts, the water level lowers and causes the quality of water to deteriorate a bit. I’m no water expect but this is what I have heard from people anecdotally. When you get into the outback and you’re drinking bore water, the taste would get even worse so depending on where you are going in Australia, a water filtration system may well come in handy.

    This all leads me to my question. Ali have you considered writing an all-in-one ebook that is a guide to travel that encompasses all these elements like packing, considering water quality, what to where, basic photography for iPhones and the like. I would buy it and I think there may be an audience for that. Anyways, just a suggestion 🙂

    • Ali Garland
      October 8, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

      There are certainly exceptions to every rule. Also, keep in mind that just because the water tastes bad doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. We’re currently in Siracusa, Sicily and the water is safe to drink but it doesn’t taste good, so we’re drinking bottled water. I’m sure there are plenty of places in the outback where the water might not actually be safe. Always best to do some research first. I mostly wrote this post because so many people think the water isn’t safe outside of the US, and that’s just not true. The water is perfectly safe to drink in many parts of the world.

      I’m currently working on a book about travel planning – how to decide where to go, picking accommodations, planning transportation, safety, local customs and fitting in, etc. I haven’t decided if it will include any info about packing since I already have a book about packing. I don’t think I’ll include info about photography because that’s not my expertise. There are a lot of great resources out there for photography from professionals, but as much as I enjoy photography, I’m not a pro, and I honestly don’t know how people take such good photos with their phones!