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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.


Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
You've prompted me to post a new question.
Nov
9
comment How can I properly use a step-down transformer with 220V/240V options on a 230V line (Australia)?
Go for 240. The official change to 230 will just be a safety margin. Everybody in Australia who is vaguely aware of such things just thinks of it as 240 and only people with a technical interest would even know about the official change to 230.
Nov
9
comment Is there a cheapest city / airline / season to fly one-way from anywhere in Europe to Australia?
Adioso has the same search option, though they call it "Anywhere". And actually I find it consistently seems to find lower fares and more options than SkyScanner.
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
Funny, all my Iranian friends and all the travellers I've met who've been to Iran, including hitchhiking around the country, make it sound very pleasant and hospitable to travel in and I'm not at all worried about it. Maybe not for Israelis and oddly none of my Arab friends want to go there, but I don't get the impression western travellers are targeted there right now.
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
But how safe is it? (No flying, this is specifically an overland adventure ... if I go for it) (-:
Nov
9
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
@MarkMayo: Thanks for the reply - I was actually thinking Kyrgyzstan would be easy and Kazakhstan would be tough - but haven't been to either yet ...
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
Another thing is that in some countries, such as mine, a new passport is exhorbitantly expensive whereas trying a trick, while not 100% guaranteed, costs nothing. So if you're flexible such tricks may still be valuable, and indeed worked in my case at the Thai-Lao border, the China consulate in Vientiane, and the Mongolia consulate in China.
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
No worries. I don't mind at all if you edit my edits (-:
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
Can you provide a citation from a blog post or meta question to back up this opinion of yours? Otherwise I'll have to submit a new answer saying the same thing just to avoid your assumption that editing posts is "putting words into people's mouths" and not "making the internet better" as the SE staff say.
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
Well "not a damn thing" is a theory but I actually tried ikuragames's suggestion two or three times on my last trip and it worked perfectly.
Nov
9
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
I don't know why you would remove that. It wasn't a comment but an illustration of the technique and it was added by myself, the OP. Perhaps you're not aware that Stack Exchange is designed to be edited and improved by everybody: Editing is essential: new badges and review enhancements
Nov
7
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
I've heard Kazakhstan is a chore to travel in. I believe our own Mark Mayo was arrested there and I've heard similar stories from other friends.
Nov
7
comment Is there a “safest” route through Pakistan (from China to Iran)?
Yes via India is fine. I'm not worried about India at all and I'm open to any route through Pakistan to Iran without flying.
Nov
5
comment When to book tickets from travel sites rather than airline sites?
It kind of depends. I just bought a ticket on AirAsia that was listed at $269 AUD. I ended up paying $309 AUD but that was only because I'm taking checked luggage. I did have to fight with the website to uncheck some options that would've pushed the price higher but I can't object to the possibility of being able to travel even cheaper on some trip that I can do with only hand luggage. So in one way that seemed sneaky but in another way it seems perfectly fair for an LCC "bus with wings".
Nov
5
comment How does one inform airlines of one's KTN, if the KTN was issued after a booking had been made?
I added an almost official link explaining KTN for others as ignorant as me.
Nov
5
comment How does one inform airlines of one's KTN, if the KTN was issued after a booking had been made?
WTF is a KTN? IDK. TMA.
Nov
4
comment UK to Iran by car - insurance question
@AnneyBelle: Is this for an adventure/challenge? Or is it because you imagined it might be an easy/cheap/practical way to do a trip?
Nov
4
comment Catalan or Spanish in Barcelona?
@JoErNanO: I was going to say Italian and French but because the French pronunciation is so different to all of Catalan, Italian, and Spanish, I thought that might mislead people. But yeah as far as grammar and vocab it's certainly true.
Nov
4
comment Catalan or Spanish in Barcelona?
It's true - in tourist season I found Barcelona local to be very very snobby toward us foreign backpackers, except for the guy in the bookshop where I went to buy books in Catalan (-: I bet the locals are a lot friendlier in the off season and I've had great times with Catalans I've met travelling in other parts of the world.
Nov
4
comment Catalan or Spanish in Barcelona?
Spanish is more useful generally throughout the world, but you probably already know that. Catalan speakers are very proud of their language and will love it if you try to speak it. They all understand Spanish perfectly as well, and at the beginner level they are very similar. At a more advanced level Catalan is actually has more in common with Italian than Spanish but for survival phrases that won't concern you.