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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.


Jan
13
comment Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?
See the Wikipedia article on "aniconism", the proscription in Islam against the creation of images of sentient living beings.
Jan
13
comment Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?
@Flimzy: Rubbish. It's about whether it's possible to get into trouble for doing something while travelling in another country which is perfectly harmless in most places.
Jan
13
comment Weather in Australia (Melbourne) summer, winter?
If you want to know the current weather for any place just type in "Melbourne weather" into your browser URL bar or into Google.
Jan
9
comment Laos visa extension / overstaying three-level pricing details forgotten
Well I'm very sure but not quite 100% sure. I also talked to another traveller here who said she thought it was $2 but somebody more long term who she had met told her she always paid $1 ...
Jan
9
comment Laos visa extension / overstaying three-level pricing details forgotten
That's what most Google hits are telling me but I'm positive I paid $1 per day on my last trip and actually knew the three different prices and what they were for at that time. \-:
Dec
31
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
The "only" Pakistani travel forum? So what's this? lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/asia-indian-subcontinent/…
Dec
25
comment If I have to put up with bed bugs can I prevent bites or stop the itch?
@JonathanReez: I actually wondered that, but if they live in beds they might not mind living in clothes either. Or at least crawling into them to get to good spots to bite ...
Dec
25
comment If I have to put up with bed bugs can I prevent bites or stop the itch?
Yeah I know all about how to spot them, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them from the perspective of the accommodation. I just wanted to focus on the repellant and itch points for when, without long stories, you end up in a place with bedbugs for a night and can't avoid it. Otherwise we can end up with "everything about bed bugs" as answers to all bedbug questions.
Dec
24
comment If I have to put up with bed bugs can I prevent bites or stop the itch?
By the way, the two new tags are intended to be synonyms of old ones - you can vote for them if you wish.
Dec
22
comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
Well I don't expect to return to Malaysia on this trip and I don't plan to return home until I've run out of money. So at the moment this is "dead" money. But for this specific problem I've found there is a real money changer in my current city where the charge to exchange this amount will be about $10.
Dec
21
comment Finding typical exchange rate “spreads” for currency A and currency B in country B?
That means that I've been to several cities in Thailand that are not tourist destinations and I calculated that to change $250 or so worth of Malaysian ringgit to Thai baht I would end up with about $230 worth of Thai baht, meaning the cost of the transaction is about $20. (USD or AUD, they're close enough and the amounts are not exact). This is a lot higher than I usually "lose" when changing money with more favourable spreads.
Dec
19
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.
Dec
19
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.