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

I've just returned home after hitchhiking around Asia for the last 9.5 months.


Aug
12
comment Driving through every country in Europe
@mouviciel: And Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh, and South Ossetia.
Aug
12
comment Driving through every country in Europe
I see you don't believe Northern Island, Scotland, or Wales are countries. d-:
Aug
12
comment Driving through every country in Europe
It sounds like if you start driving from wherever you are in the direction of Kazakhstan and come back a slightly different way you have a good chance of hitting thirty countries no matter your route.
Aug
12
comment Are there still any “cheap” options for flying from Australia to Mexico without going through the US?
Yes I mention the Santiago option in my question. $2600 seems a bit less than last time I worked it out but still a lot and over my $2000 upper threshold. And I bet it's not for a one-year ticket. I can't see a way to set the return date in the link you provide. But I think it's true that this is the best that can be done by booking the whole itinerary in Australia.
Aug
11
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
this question does appear to be a travel question
Aug
11
comment On the Matrix ITA site, why doesn't Virgin Australia show up in the search results?
@DaviddCeFreitas: I try new sites I hear about. I like Adioso, SkyScanner, and Momondo. I also use Matrix sometimes. Each site also has some other extra or missing features so it depends what I need.
Aug
11
comment On the Matrix ITA site, why doesn't Virgin Australia show up in the search results?
Personally, I don't trust any single flight search engine to include every airline. I now use three search engines in their own tabs when I'm researching flights. They all lack some stuff in the others and include some stuff missing in the others.
Aug
10
comment Are the usual TB vaccinations sufficient for the MDR and XDR strains now in Africa?
Wow that answer is a bit scarier than I expected. By the way, the linked documentary is a good quality informative one. I'm sure it was mainly in another southern African country and not South Africa.
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
To be fair I think it's also kinda hard to set off a detector with a real cigarette if you're not close to the detector. But it's possibly a bunch of people in a room could make the whole room smoky enough to do it in a way that wouldn't happen in a room full of vapers.
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
@Bernhard: I'm not the one who makes the policies but I'll bring it up at a meeting or at least know better when a guest "lights up" an e-cig in the building.
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
@BartArondson: There's only a few people here for whom it's a workplace but there can be up to a hundred for whom it's travellers' accommodation. By the way you might want to check out StackExchange's so-called "Pee-Wee Herman rule".
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
@Bernhard: That's another valid point but for this question I wanted to focus on the safety issue, for want of a better term since they don't usually start actual fires. But then again ...
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
@BartArondson: I have no idea what you're trying to express. Travellers stay here. We have rules that travellers must follow. Travellers may not smoke inside. Travellers setting off the fire alarm must pay a huge fee. To decide whether we need a rule against travellers vaping in the rooms one factor to consider is whether it may set off the fire alarm. I think I can spot something related to travel in there.
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
@BartArondson: Do you fail to see how hotels are relevant to travel or is it only hostels you have this failure with?
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
Because the false alarm fee is so high we make the person responsible for setting off false alarms pay it if we can find out who did it.
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
I think we need a rule "If you set off the fire alarm with an e-cigarette you don't have to pay the thousand dollar fire brigade fee because MeNoTalk never set off a fire detector so far". (-;
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
How complete is your knowledge of how smoke detectors actually work that make you sure they know the difference between smoke and vapour? I'm sure we've had guests set them off with spray cans of either hair spray or insect repellant in the past. Usually only ones that use a ridiculously excessive amount, but there are more people like that than you might expect (-:
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
Depending on if the room has a low ceiling, the smoker is sitting on the top bunk, and if smoke detectors vary to any degree in sensitivity. Thanks for the test! It seems the answer is "possibly" ...
Aug
9
comment Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?
Dear mods, the "e-cigarettes" and "vaping" tags are intended to be made tag synonyms of the smoking tag.
Aug
4
comment Meeting westerners in northern India?
What's wrong with non-western backpackers??