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Aug
16
comment Overland route from the Caucasus to Mongolia without entering Russia?
@MarkMayo: That's important now as Aussies get two weeks visa free entry to Kazakhstan these days (or two-week visa on arrival).
Aug
16
comment Mountain road between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe
OK. I've also been to Kutaisi and can't recall if it was on the same trip that I went to Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe, but it's likely.
Aug
16
comment Mountain road between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe
Probably. I've been to these places though I'm not sure about the "mountain road". I did it all hitchhiking and didn't note any difficult parts, that road notwithstanding. For the same reason I have no idea of costs. September should be nice I think.
Aug
14
comment Is it easier for a westerner to obtain a Chinese tourist visa in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan?
Also Vietnam had restrictions that Laos did not have (only single entry visas) but despite searching and asking I did not find them until I handed my application form over at the embassy in Saigon. I also know of vast differences between Iranian embassies in various locations so it's not just China.
Aug
14
comment Do bus stations have names in Latin letters in Tokyo
Sometimes in a subway station I can find a huge wall map of the system in Japanese and know there's an equivalent in English but can't seem to locate it. Especially during rush hours when you can get lost in the squillions of milling people hurrying hither and thither. I use my camera to take photos of the Kanji for when I do have to use them. Memorizing is too hard until your Japanese is really good.
Aug
14
comment UK student visitor visa refused, Erasmus Mundus scholarship
@nina: I don't know sorry. I forget the name of our visa application specialist. It seems like they might be away at the moment sadly. OK it would seem to be Gayot Fow.
Aug
14
comment How can I find safety records for extreme sports in New Zealand?
We have a statistics tag, but I don't know which one of the current tags to remove in order to add it.
Aug
13
comment UK student visitor visa refused, Erasmus Mundus scholarship
@nina: My guess is that they're more worried that you won't leave the UK than that you don't have enough money. They could be concerned that other people have managed to get Erasmus in the past but either then stayed illegally or not even attended their Erasmus once they got there. And that they want to see where your other money came from because some people in the past were making illegitimate money at home then coming to the UK with the intention to make money in illegitimate activities there too. But only a guess sorry ...
Aug
13
comment UK student visitor visa refused, Erasmus Mundus scholarship
I'm voting to re-open this. It's on topic since it's about proof-of-XYZ and visa-rejection/denial which we have successfully dealt with and have one specialist expert for. The problem the OP is facing is in the travel aspect more than in the expat aspect, though I feel the expat site should ammend their rules to also accept such a question.
Aug
12
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
@mosaad: Would that be "عزومة مراكبية"?
Aug
10
comment Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm
F1 Jenson gassed in £300k robbery * Another gassing incident South of France * 'Thieves gas' British family in their campervan * Thieves pump deadly exhaust fumes into caravan to knock out British holiday family
Aug
9
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
Now I really want to hear from a bicultural person who grew up with both German and Anglosaxon culture (-:
Aug
9
comment How cheaply can I travel around the world?
Yep around ten USD to ten EUR is the mostly-developed world sweet spot. I'm spending about that much in hostels in China at the moment but it could halve as I move west again. I camp mostly when I'm hitching a long distance or somewhere with lots of free campers, like some beaches in eastern Europe. On my last trip I did the most camping in Japan. So far on this trip I've been going 8.5 months and only used the tent one night when I found myself in a secret paradise in Cambodia.
Aug
8
comment How cheaply can I travel around the world?
You don't have to beg for scraps. I travel on a budget similar to this with hitchhiking and, depending where I am, sleeping under the stars (or in my cheap supermarket non-rainproof tent). I used to travel on about double this budget but was attracted by the amazing stories of other travellers I met over many years who travelled in a more adventurous style, and did it with less money. I'm not most people, but most people don't travel at all.
Aug
8
comment How cheaply can I travel around the world?
@MarkMayo: Ha! I budget $1k a month for expensive countries like Japan and Western Europe. But I've known more than a few travellers over the years who base themselves on a much lower budget than I do.
Aug
8
comment Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD?
@AdrienBe: Yep I think I mentioned it in my longer answer on Quora. My answer here is smaller since the question was getting closed. Also I haven't tried it myself yet (-:
Aug
7
comment Security issues for a girl travelling solo around Europe
@Nobilis: I totally agree. This answer is a wiki, which means everybody can edit it. So please chip in with your ideas.
Aug
7
comment Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD?
There is a very similar question on Quora with several answers, including one by myself: How can one plan for a backpacking trip to Europe with a budget under $1000?
Aug
7
comment Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD?
On my first Europe trip I intended not to visit Switzerland or England due to costs but along the way I made a travel friend from Switzerland and got an invitation from an old travel friend from another trip to stay at his place in London. So my advice is to expect to miss the most expensive places but be flexible because you never know.
Aug
7
comment Classic Aussie pub (hotel) in central Sydney
The Beach Road Hotel is the pick for the locals in Bondi. Closes a bit early but all the millionaires living there don't want noisy late night pubs keeping them awake and influence the licensing laws. But it's not special at all, just the least worst in Bondi. Pro tip: It's not the pub on the beach!