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Sep
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revised How to collect online travel information in a book?
copyedit english usage: you are not making your trust less tight, etc
Sep
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comment How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?
Having said that, I do hate seats that are able to slam back in an instant and smash your knees before you can contort yourself. This is mostly a problem on old worn out buses and trains rather than even the cheapest airlines though.
Sep
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comment Meeting other people while traveling
I agree. MarkE if you ask a question about a location where you are currently wanting to meet people / make friends then we may well be able to suggest an answer.
Sep
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comment Meeting other people while traveling
Be careful when you buy somebody a drink. I bought a round for me and a German guy who was a friend of a friend once and apparently in his culture only gays do that! He had to ask his friend if it meant the same when an Australian buys you a drink. Since then I hesitate before being the first one to buy a round among foreigners (-:
Sep
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comment Meeting other people while traveling
Your age can also be a factor as well as your current location and what kinds of tourists go there. Normally in hostels I meet lots of people. I did in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Here in Bangkok though the 20-year-old kids are the majority and they avoid old guys like me (45). Out in the streets of Khao San some tourists and expats are really rude and others can make a bad impression. But it's also a major funnel through which world travellers pass so there's a good chance you'll bump into somebody you know. I met a guy I previously knew in Romania in the middle of Khao San Road!
Sep
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comment How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?
"... nobody is comfortable in economy class": Whenever I start thinking I'm uncomfortable in economy class and I just stop for a moment and think how lucky I am to be a member of the jet set at all and remember I chose to spend my limited income on economy airline seats rather than cigarettes like other low income earners I know. We're pretty spoiled compared to most of the other seven billion people around if this is what we have to complain about.
Sep
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comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
@hunter2: Yes I have indeed noticed the visa-run industry in the Khao San Road area. I might ask some places.
Sep
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comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
Good point @Globetrotter. I have also had things left stapled in my passport in Japan that months or years later were pulled out by nonplussed officials in some other country. I wonder if you can ask any country to put a visa on a separate piece of paper? I wonder if the guy who pulled out the crap Japan left in my passport committed an offence?
Sep
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revised Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
add currency conversions for those of us who can't compare world currencies in our heads (-;
Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
You assume biometric passports are a universal win. I know I'm not alone in hating them. They most certainly are not secure. Shortly after they were introduced some journalists tested one by hacking the data with Osama Bin Laden's likeness and had no problem using it! (theguardian.com/technology/2008/aug/06/news.terrorism)
Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
The 10-year vs 5-year validity is the most salient point so far. This is offset though by those of us who fill pages in half the 10 years possible though.
Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
There's been a lot in the press in Australia in recent years about price gouging for instance CDs and Apple devices. Even the government has investigated. Yet the government may also be gouging us.
Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
I believe NZ, UK, Canada, and Swiss passports are all more "useful" than Australian ones.
Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
@hunter2: Rip off compared to other western and/or developed countries such as EU countries, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Taiwan, Hong Kong. Capitalist democracies with similar economic status or cost of living etc. I think those are the ones that would make a "fair" comparison.
Sep
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asked Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
Sep
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revised Mount Everest without the crowd
copyedit typos and general english usage and stuff
Sep
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comment Does the Lao visa on arrival at the Thai border require a full blank passport page for Australians?
Bummer this was going to be my plan today to take the chance and find out the true answer to kill two birds with one stone. But if I'm definitely losing a page I'm better off going back to Malaysia where AirAsia lives.
Sep
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revised Renting bicycles in Leipzig
don't be afraid of correct capitalization; add the rental tag
Sep
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comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
@MarcelC.: Ah that one makes more sense. This question isn't about how to peel off the sticker though - that's would just be "peel it off". This question is about whether peeling it off is permissible or not.
Sep
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comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
Yeah I'll reserve the new passport route as an option if I have to. 10 days is 2/3 of the visa-on-arrival time you get for Thailand, I have maybe two days left, not to mention the expensive price of an Australian passport compared to what citizens of many other countries have to pay. I only have 3 entirely blank pages but heaps of room for stamps. I'm wandering without much plan on this trip so I don't have to enter any particular country if there are obstacles. I think I'm on passport five by the way (-: