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I think the current usual solution is to get a debit card (or failing that a credit card) with low/no foreign transaction and cash withdrawl fees. (In the UK, the Halifax Clarity Card is the best for this at the moment) Then, when you get to the country, take out cash periodically. Not too much in case of issues, but don't assume you can do it too often as ...


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Before you leave, call your bank. You'll want to alert them that you'll be using your credit or debit cards overseas, so as not to trigger fraud alerts. Then ask them if there is a network in your destination that involves lower fees. For example, my bank gave me names of specific banks in England, Italy, and Germany and told me that if I used ATMs at those ...


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I do exactly this, and have done so for the past five years. I am a software developer (previously web, now iOS) doing contract work for customers in a range of countries. I live in about five or six countries each year, spending anywhere from a week to several months in each. I've lived in Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, London, Rome, Prague, Sydney, Melbourne, ...


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I'd ask if she had any blank cheques (checks) with her. A common trick is to remove a cheque or two from the middle of a book so it isn't immediately noticed. With a perfect sample of her signature, she could be set up to lose thousands of dollars from her chequing account. This was no accident. On the positive side, the motives are more likely those of ...


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Many countries have travel advice agencies run by their respective governments. The US: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html The UK: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/ Australia: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/ France (in french): ...


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Very simple: From the US State Department Website last sentence. A federal or state law enforcement agency may request the denial of a passport on several regulatory grounds under 22 CFR 51.70 and 51.72. The principal law enforcement reasons for passport denial are a federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of ...


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As far as I know, there is not such a world-wide standard, however there is an EU regulation. From www.europe.eu: A prescription delivered by a doctor in your country is valid in all EU countries. However, medicine prescribed in one country might not be available in another, or it may bear another name. As of 25 October 2013 you are able to ask ...


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We recently caught the ferry from the UK to Europe and needed to have these stickers (for the other way around). We bought them before hand from UK car shop Halfords where they just call them "headlamp converters". We also found find that everything needed for driving in other countries was sold on the ferry. They sold the headlamp converters, the country ...


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For most people trying what you propose, making money while traveling, is not possible. Luckily, there are plenty who prove this just a rule of thumb, not a hard law. Yes, it's possible to make enough money from a vlog, a blog, photography, professional articles or travel advice. But it's very hard to get started, and no real shortcuts to make it big. From ...


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First of all, it doesn't matter where you're flying from. What really matter is what airline you are flying with, so the short answer is: it depends. Some airlines, in an attempt to fight frauds, may ask you to show the card and if you fail to do so they CAN refuse to embark you. I once flew Royal Jordanian from Milano Malpensa to Amman and I was asked to ...


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My answer is Europe centric: We are used to banks in the USA that will give you a debit or check card with a magnetic stripe. Credit cards are the same way. Some of these credit cards have a chip and none require a pin. When you fly / sail / swim across the pond to Europe, almost every local card has a pin and a chip. Most European stores will accept US ...


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Yes, the situation has greatly changed since 2001 :) Today you can get into Saint Petersburg in many ways by ferry: By St. Peterline company ferries: by "Princess Maria" Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 19:00 from Helsinki (you'll be at St-Petersburg at 09:30 AM next day) by "Princess Anastasia" (sorry, only link in Russian are available) Wednesday, ...


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Cuban refugees in the 1960s who were given US residency did not have access to US passports until they became citizens. They were unable to obtain Cuban passports. They were instead issued a passport-like re-entry document by the United States which they used for travel to third countries. If Ecuador or another country issued such a document Snowden could ...


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What you want is an "open return" ticket. The outgoing flight is confirmed and the return is "open". Depending on the type of ticket, the return can be up to a year after departure. You can book the return ticket after departure--subject to availability of course. Sometimes you can even change a confirmed return without penalty. You'll probably have to buy ...


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The level of support offered by embassies will vary widely from each foreign embassy / consulate to another. A couple of standard support measures provided though are: Contact family members to pass messages along Provide details on contact information on local lawyers, and interpreters if needed. Depending on whether such a support system is available for ...


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For contingent purposes, I always carry the following, in no particular order: Printed copies of my passport and visas (also electronically on my mobile and laptop) Printed and electronic copy of my travel itinerary (I use TripIt on my mobile, and it's always there anyway). Printed copy of my accommodation confirmation (if available) Visa-supporting ...


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I think you have to look a little closer at your page that claims widespread acceptance. each entry is a single claim (supported only by a photo of an entry stamp page) of one person who has managed to get into that country using a World Passport. So for most countries, typically about ten people in the history of the passport have been successful with it. ...


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There's a good article to answer your question on the Washington Post website: All those jokes comparing Snowden’s case to the Tom Hanks film “The Terminal”? They have a distinctly unromantic basis in the life of Iranian Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who lived in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years after Iran expelled him.


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There is a term called digital nomad. This is someone who has no real home and is travelling and working using the internet. As a software developer you can do a lot of work independently using oDesk or any other freelancer web site. Chiang Mai, Thailand is called the Mecca of digital nomads. At least what I know it is inexpensive to get health insurance ...


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I spent quite a lot of time investigating this last year. Last time I checked (around February 2012) the only realistic possibility of a traditional courier flight without knowing anyone on the inside or with an airline is with British Airways, who offer a courier spot on flights between London Heathrow and Tokyo Narita. I called up their reservations ...


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This varies very much depending on your country of origin and your destination. Best exchange rate mean lowest spread, but keep in mind, that some banks apart of the spread, also charge extra commissions. Keeping that in mind, there are some general tendencies. Exchange rates, from best, to worst: electronic transactions (i.e. transactions made directly ...


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This is a very difficult question to answer in general, because different airlines have different seating configurations, seat pitches, etc. The best thing to do is to check out sites dedicated to airline seating plans, such as: SeatGuru (by far one of the most popular ones) SeatExpert SeatPlans All of these sites are built on a user-submitted database + ...


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You may want to try Coworking. That's a way to get a workplace and to meet like-minded people from all over the world, many of them freelancers. I am writing this, sitting in Coworking Las Palmas, which I found via deskwanted. Among my colleagues are other programmers (like me), a translator, a biologist (I believe), a serial entrepreneur, and architects. ...


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Defense in general: You will not be able to defend yourself in any situation if you are not trained for it, as described by TransTerra. That goes for weapons just the same as for martial arts. And that goes beyond being able to shoot a weapon and knowing Karate. It means to be familiar in situations where you would use the weapon and when it comes to ...


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I don't believe a definite list of flights exist, but here's what I found after a fairly exhaustive search. Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa on Malaysia Airlines Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg, South Africa on South African Airways Sao Paulo, Brazil to Luanda, Angola on TAAG Angola Airlines Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg, ...


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My normal advice is in this answer, which is to get a card without foreign exchange fees and take the cash out while you're over there. You'll generally get the best rate by far with this, and you don't have the safety issues of carrying round a week's worth of money in cash. If you are going to be somewhere without access to ATMs, so you need to take cash ...


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First of all, it depends on why your card is retained. I can think of at least three common situations: You have entered a wrong PIN too many times. Your issuing bank has decided to cancel and retain your card, e.g. because you have exceeded your credit limit and they want to prevent you from charging the card at "offline merchants". This may of course be ...


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It really depends not only on where you are going but also from where you are coming. I usually carry with me enough money to pay for everything I need on the first 3 days. The rest of my money I try to get with my credit cards and I usually try to carry two of them. Always try to pay for hotel, car and other similar before you start your trip. In this case, ...


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So here is my update on my situation. All in all pretty terrible: BA refused to check my bags in all the way to Hyderabad (India). They have a policy of not checking bags on flights other than their own. They would make an exception only for OneWorld partners. Something about how BA was responsible for luggage even if the other airline lost it. The fact ...



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