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Backpacking since Christmas Day, 1989. Hitchhiking since mid 2010.

For the first time I managed to save enough travel funds in less than six months in Australia.

I've been soaking up the atmosphere around Malaysia and Thailand before hitchhiking around Asia for the next nine or ten months.


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comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
Lots of good info here but if I were changing my MYR in China I wouldn't be changing it for THB but for CNY. Maybe my wording needs still more fine tuning. I would expect MYR/CNY to have a better spread due to the large number of ethnic Chinese in Malaysia and the close proximity for trading.
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comment The safest, cheapest way to get to MEX airport from UNAM
Without luggage and in that part of the evening should make it safer. I've gone at rush hour with a big backpack and small frontpack several times, but not for six years now. Certain stations and parts of certain lines are worse than others for. It's harder to defend your luggage crowded into a seat and you can't see behind you. Organized gangs of thieves communicate with hand signs. I try to make eye contact with other passengers too.
Dec
18
comment The safest, cheapest way to get to MEX airport from UNAM
I personally don't recommend people to use the DF metro for the airport if they've got luggage and are not really familiar with how the system and its pickpockets work. I do use it myself and I have never been pickpocketed but I have been with friends multiple times when one or all of my friends lost valuables. If you do use it wait at the first or last carriage and stand in a corner with your stuff even if there's a seat. Wait for a couple of trains if the first ones are really full. It helps if you're big and look street-wise.
Dec
18
comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
@GayotFow: Now I barely understand half of the words you are using (-:
Dec
17
comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
@GayotFow: No just asking if there's a way to know what spreads for certain currencies tend to be in certain countries.
Dec
17
comment Online resource for finding cafes/wifi hotspots for working while traveling
Is Instabridge Android only? Haven't been able to figure that out for sure from their webpage, and I don't have a smartphone of my own.
Dec
17
comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
@pnuts: Actually I'm not looking to foresee the rates but to know how good/bad the spread will typically be for a given currency. I'll edit my question to talk about that specifically. Also relevant would be if commissions are typically charged in certain countries etc.
Dec
16
comment Currency exchange besides banks in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand?
@uncovery: In fact when the banks opened this morning I went to two and the exchange rate was so dismal I didn't change any money. It would've cost me $20 to change about $200 worth of ringgit to baht!
Dec
15
comment Currency exchange besides banks in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand?
I tried a bunch of Google Maps searches for forex, exchange, etc and they only found stuff far away.
Dec
15
comment Currency exchange besides banks in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand?
@MH.: It turns out that Riverside is 22km away from the town centre.
Dec
10
comment Do hostels provide toiletries?
Despite that it does work most of the time. When it doesn't work it's because the bugs were in the luggage, which was what happened the last time we had them where I work.
Dec
10
comment Is Morocco dangerous, in particular for a Jewish American?
Rabat felt a lot safer than Casablanca and had less tourists than Marrakesh or Fez so fewer pickpockets etc that usually prey on tourists. But it still has an old Medina so has atmosphere and things to see.
Dec
9
comment Which routes are possible from anywhere on peninsular Southeast Asia to The Philippines without flying?
@skv: It all looked great until somebody mentioned terrorists in southern Philippines actively targeting westerners for kidnapping. So while I might not travel the route real soon I'm still interested in the possibilities!
Dec
8
comment Which countries suffix their currency and how much is this stuck to?
@Relaxed: It will be correct or incorrect to a similar extent that something in a language is correct or incorrect. For English there is no standards body but for many languages and/or countries there is. But even when there's not many people still feel pretty strongly about right and wrong and there are also self-styled usage or "grammar" experts and there are style guides, etc. And don't confuse typography with orthography.
Dec
8
comment Is it currently safe to travel to and live in Kyiv, Ukraine?
I've asked a related question on Meta: Traditional English place names or current official English place names for tags?
Dec
8
comment Which countries suffix their currency and how much is this stuck to?
I don't believe that's true. In English we write the currency symbol to the left, use "," as thousands separator and "." as decimal point no matter the currency. But you can see Europeans writing here very commonly with the "$" or "€" after the number and, less commonly, using "," as a decimal point. But it could be that some languages might follow the formatting used in the country of the foreign currency and Arabic could be one of those.
Dec
8
comment Which countries suffix their currency and how much is this stuck to?
I believe this only answers the question for formatting the currencies of various nations in text written in English. It doesn't address other languages. Be aware that languages ≠ countries. It may well be that in French or Russian the $ or £ goes at the end even in writing about the currencies of English-speaking countries.
Dec
8
comment Which countries suffix their currency and how much is this stuck to?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about languages and not about a problem faced by travellers.
Dec
8
comment Which countries suffix their currency and how much is this stuck to?
This is mostly about language and orthography. Only rarely will two countries with the same language choose a different way of formatting currencies. The same goes for which of . vs , as decimal point and which as thousands separator. This would be an on-topic question on the proposed Languages site but I don't feel it's got anything to do with travelling.
Dec
8
comment Is it currently safe to travel to and live in Kyiv, Ukraine?
Kyiv is the official English spelling now though I believe. Just as in India a lot of spellings of placenames are being updated around the world to reflect local pronunciation over historic English spellings. "Kiev" is based on the Russian pronunciation and "Kyiv" is based on the Ukrainian pronunciation.