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Don & Carole Guenther Aug 09, 2015 at 04:40 PM

Follow-up for Grace in New Jersey: We think we have completed everything - Forms, visas, payments, insurance, immunizations, etc. and hope you have also. So we have all we need except the patience to wait to leave. See you there in October!
Grace Rintzler Aug 26, 2015 at 11:15 AM

We have also completed everything ... I think! Just got our annual flu shots as well! We've now been pricked by more needles ...... Now for the packing! That will be 'interesting'. Sounds like size and weight limits on baggage and carry-on bags are quite stringent (are they strictly enforced??) Packing 'lightly' has never been a strength of mine! Any have information from previous travelers at this time of year regarding suggestions as to what to pack and what to leave home?
Don & Carole Guenther Aug 26, 2015 at 02:33 PM

Don & Carole Guenther Aug 26, 2015 at 02:39 PM

Nobody will remember what you wore 3 or 4 days ago. Just take 3 or 4 changes of clothes. Several days in each hotel gives you plenty of time for laundry. One pair of outdoor walking shoes; one for indoors; sandals substitute for slippers in the evening. What else do you need? We are minimalist backpackers and don't have a problem.

Kristy Erickson Aug 08, 2015 at 09:00 PM

I am going on the Set. 10th trip. Getting very excited. I was wondering if anyone who has been on this trip had any trouble with food, or any tips on things to be careful of apart from raw veggies and raw fruit.
Marilyn Luft Aug 09, 2015 at 12:32 AM

I was on the trip in May and we had no problems with food. RS only took us to restaurants that knew how to wash and prepare foods. We saw street food but were told never to eat it.

Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 04:05 PM

I am getting ready to send my application off to Genvisa. I see I can pay an additional $8 to have the passport and visa insured on its way back to me, but that FedEx will require a signature. Does anybody who's done this know if this is the kind of signature where I can sign a card saying the packet can be left at my house, or if I need to be home to receive the packet myself?
Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 05:05 PM

I answered my own question, sort of. I called Genvisa, and I believe the man on the phone said they use FedEx's "indirect signature required." It was a bad connection. He also said they require an adult signature, which would be different than the indirect signature method.
Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 05:06 PM

The Genvisa person also said it is not necessary to fill out the visa form in ALL CAPS as the instructions state; he says that's not enforced.

Don & Carole Guenther Jul 15, 2015 at 01:41 PM

As a retired pediatrician, I no longer have expertise in immunizations. We will be visiting a travel clinic. They know what you need and have it available along with the proper paper work. I recommend this to anyone going to out of the way places.

Marilyn Luft Jul 14, 2015 at 12:31 PM

I was on this trip in May, amazing trip, and can underscore the need to take altitude sickness pills, beginning 2 days before Tibet. I began pills the day before the flight and was very ill the first day upon arrival. Tibet is so wonderful that you don't want to be ill for any part of it. As to Hep A & B, I would never travel anywhere without the vaccinations.
Linda Giovinazzo Aug 03, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Linda Giovinazzo Aug 03, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Was it OK to wear shorts in TIBET or were people more conservative there about dress.
Marilyn Luft Aug 03, 2015 at 11:56 AM

They are very conservative in Tibet and older people are heavily clothed. Younger one often are in jeans and tee shirts. I don't believe anyone in our group wore shorts, but we did wear capris. This was partly to be respectful and partly because of the cooler temperatures due to altitude.
Linda Giovinazzo Aug 08, 2015 at 07:48 AM

Did you end up needing internet routers for your hotel? I have an android that I would like to use for Skype.
Marilyn Luft Aug 09, 2015 at 12:35 AM

We didn't bother with routers. We always had free WiFi, though it was often a weak connection.

Sue Kremer Jul 13, 2015 at 05:31 PM

Leaving September 1st with my sister. Any fellow travelers? To Pat Geuting, you are so right about the Peter Hessler books and his wife's Factory Girls is equally enjoyable. Was just at the travel clinic and began the Hep B series. It's not for food/water borne illness but rather is transmitted by blood. My fear is the unthinkable possibility of needing medical care involving an IV. Couldn't recall getting an adult polio booster so threw that in as well! Getting very excited!
Marilyn Demler Jul 13, 2015 at 06:30 PM

My one comment to all of you going to Tibet, is to make sure you have medication for altitude sickness and start using it the day before you fly there . Several people on our tour (Oct '14) spent days in be, sick from the high altitude. It's a fabulous trip!
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 08:20 PM

To Pat Geuting, my doctor also stated that the Hep B series is in case one ends up in a hospital and needs a transfusion. I guess a long shot, but possible none the less, and he did recommend getting the shot. Guess we'll also get the Polio booster ... also never did get the adult booster. To Marilyn Demler: what kind of medication is for altitude sickness? Is that something 'over-the-counter', or is it by prescription?
Marilyn Demler Jul 14, 2015 at 02:28 AM

It is a prescription.

Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 02:14 PM

In the brochure, Road Scholar suggests getting (among other innoculations) "Hepatitis B' vaccinations, as well as a 'Polio Booster'. I was wondering whether others on this trip (past or future) got/will get those innoculations (?). We have already received the other innoculations that were recommended by RS, but not yet these two (did get Polio innoculations &/or oral decades ago, and did get vaccinations for 'Hepatitis A'.
Patricia (Pat) Geuting Jul 13, 2015 at 02:47 PM

Hi, Grace,
Patricia (Pat) Geuting Jul 13, 2015 at 02:51 PM

Hi, grace - I was on the April 2015 trip and I did get the Hep B series. I'm not sure it is really necessary as we always had access to bottled water both in the hotels and on the bus so all else being equal I think it is your call. I got the shots out of an abundance of caution. Hope you have a terrific trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot that I'm still trying to absorb and digest. If you haven't read Peter Hessler's books I highly recommend them.
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 03:54 PM

Thanks for your comments Pat. We probably will also be 'cautious' ... Thanks also for your recommendation re Peter Hessler's books .... I will do that!
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 06:01 PM

Hi again Pat - Apparently Peter Hessler's books are not available in our public library, but I will take your suggestion and purchase. I see three books on China: "Oracle Bones: A Journey Throuh Tiime in China"; "River Town: Two Years On The Yabgtze; and "Country Living: A Chinese Road Trip". Which do you recommend ... or is it all three? Thanks so much!

Don & Carole Guenther Jun 19, 2015 at 03:04 PM

We are in the October 6 program. Is anyone else using this Discussion Board?
Grace Rintzler Jun 22, 2015 at 04:58 PM

We are also on the Oct 6th trip. Grace & Arnie Rintzler - coming from New Jersey.
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 02, 2015 at 03:12 PM

Sorry for our delay in acknowledging your response. We've been distracted.
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 02, 2015 at 03:13 PM

Have you received your statement for final payment? It was due June 30. We're looking forward to the trip an getting acquainted with you. Don & Carole
Grace Rintzler Jul 02, 2015 at 03:56 PM

We were told that the final payment is due towards the latter part of July (can't recall the exact date). We also are very much looking forward to the trip. Have you traveled with Road Scholar previously? This will be our third trip, and if they do as good a job as they did on our two previous trips, it should be great! Looking forward to meeting you!
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 11, 2015 at 01:18 PM

Hello again. We have been on several trips with elderhostel/roadscholar and been very pleased. We received our billing statement today and will pay it and sign up for cancellation insurance also. July 8 was the earliest to arrange for a visa, so we will be doing that too. See you in China!
Fred Ris Aug 26, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Fred and Ayliffe Ris, coming from Denver. Don & Carole, where are you from?
Don & Carole Guenther Aug 27, 2015 at 12:46 AM

We are in Pendleton, OR. We were Denver residents in 1969-72. Look forward to meeting you in October.
Ruth Sweetser Aug 27, 2015 at 03:44 PM

We're from the Chicago area. We're very excited about the China trip--and look forward to meeting everyone. We're trekkers from way back and have also enjoyed our two Road Scholar trips, most recently in May 2014 to the Italien Lakes area. See you soon!
Jane Fahey Aug 30, 2015 at 09:14 PM

Ros and I are also on the October trip. This will be her sixth Road Scholar trip and my second. We're living in Florida now but I am originally from Iowa; Ros from the UK. We have most recently lived in Maine. Eager to meet everyone.

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