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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 hitchhiking around Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and now Cambodia, and will continue hitchhiking around Asia for the next nine or ten months.


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comment Tibet: visas requirements in 2015
This answer would really benefit from a link/reference for the claims and dates in the first paragraph.
2h
comment Why is there a street with a date as a name in Belgium?
In Mexico there are many streets with dates for names.
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comment In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?
Really? 150 sounds expensive. I have pretty basic standards and usually paid between 30 and 50 RMB and only once paid about 100 RMB one year ago. I did also stay at about half a dozen YHA hostels, usually when I'd been in non tourist areas for a while with nobody to talk English to (-:
2d
comment Is it OK to eat turtles in Cambodia?
@easymoden00b: Good for them I suppose \-:
2d
comment Is it OK to eat turtles in Cambodia?
No they only mentioned the price and I didn't want to risk offending anybody offering me kind hospitality.
Jan
29
comment What happens if you don't have a passport photo when you get to the Laos border for a visa-on-arrival?
On my second visit to Laos toward the end of 2014 and using the same crossing near Vientiane I was asked for a passport photo and I did have one handy.
Jan
28
comment (Where) Can I go to a “sleeper” cinema?
@johannes: The girl starts crying and the boy starts playing games on his phone.
Jan
28
comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
Great work! So I should look into Kuwait and China!
Jan
27
comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
Wow! Any chance you can include a reference for this? Turkish is OK if you can't find an English ref.
Jan
27
comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
I'm expecting at my level and style of travel that for one month if I take $700 I'll have a bit to change back when I leave, emergencies aside of course. But I didn't want to include that and make the question less useful for others.
Jan
27
comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
Oh well I'm not American so in theory I'm not supposed to be too concerned about various alphabet agencies. But not just Kuwait but also Armenia and Georgia. Armenia might be the least under direct US pressure but that's just a hunch.
Jan
27
comment How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?
One caveat with doing Pinyin on your phone as that most Pinyin IMEs by default do simplified Chinese characters. Taiwan officially uses traditional characters (input with different IMEs). Less educated people can't always read them well. Hopefully your phone will have a setting to allow you to type traditional characters using Pinyin - most should.
Jan
27
comment How easy/hard is it to backpack to Taiwan knowing only English?
It's totally easy. Plenty of people speak English and it's a really safe and friendly country. Try to learn some Mandarin there since there's not as much opportunity to learn Hokkien and Hakka which are also spoken there. They even have an easier-to-pronounce dialect of Mandarin compared to if you were going to visit Beijing.
Jan
27
comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
Guys I included a link to another question covering all these comments. I guess I'm just going to have to bloat my question with off-topic details ... \-:
Jan
27
comment Is the Iran banking system cut off even from its neighbouring countries on good terms with it?
@JonathanReez: I intend to travel for a month. Why do you not feel concerned about carrying large sums of cash around multiple countries and border crossings?
Jan
24
comment Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?
I have since learned that one expat slang term for these things is "bum gun"! Google, feel free to index that (-;
Jan
21
comment Can you travel 'above' the control of a country?
Ah so the Blackbird can hit 26km elevation but cannot fly horizontally at same?
Jan
18
comment Does Nepal have open borders with India?
You've left out a possibility. I regard a border as being open whether I need a visa or not and as being closed if I can't cross it even if I have a valid visa. For example the Laos/Burma border is closed to non-Lao non-Burmese nationals even if they have a valid visa.
Jan
13
comment Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?
@MeNoTalk: That sounds like something important that should be in an answer here that not every traveller would know without having somebody to ask.
Jan
13
comment Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?
That's about cross-posting in the literal "cut and paste" sense, whereas I've very carefully suggested asking some version of the same question. As Jeff said, "You need to use your judgment to look at the bigger picture around the question: is this person a system administrator? a webmaster? a programmer? Even the ‘same’ URL rewriting question can have different solutions depending on which audience it’s being presented to." - that's what I'm suggesting and cross-posting is not what I'm suggesting.