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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
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??
Aug
4
comment Hong Kong to Japan by sea
Cargo ships are usually very expensive for passengers but I'd love to hear about a budget priced one in this area. There are also ferries from Busan to Shimonoseki. Train travel in Korea is very cheap and quick. For experienced budget travellers it is absolutely possible to go to Japan for a cheap holiday. Not as cheap as Thailand but a lot cheaper than Australia. You have to know what you're doing though. But I agree with the conclusion that $700 may be hard to beat depending on season and special offers.
Aug
2
comment How to vomit during a flight?
Into the bag please.
Aug
1
comment In which developed countries (other than the US) does the price tag not usually show the final price to be paid?
In Australia where many people have travelled to North America and experienced pre-tax price tags we hate that approach so much that when we got a GST it was on the strict condition that displayed prices would have to be final prices including tax. So that became the law.
Jul
30
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
I had koregusu (chilis in awamori) at every opportunity while I was in Okinawa. I think the kind of chilis you compare to Thai birds' eye chilis could be what are called "eagle claw chilis" (鷹の爪).
Jul
30
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
Wow thanks for this. I have had Hachijo on my list for my next visit to Japan since 1) I found out they have the strangest Japanese dialect beside the Ryukyus and 2) I saw photos of Aogashima. Now I have three reasons to go. Now to read about Ogasawara too.
Jul
30
comment Taiwan visa “maximum stay” clarification
I would have to check the dates. I'm sure it worked out to the last day and the official agreed... but it's already four months ago now )-:
Jul
30
comment Is it typical to provide a lot of information for public transport systems in Japan?
In Sydney where I live now the Opal Card is new and not available everywhere. Other kinds of daily or weekly card are ridiculously expensive for travellers but may make sense for local students or workers doing the same trip ten times per week. For the differences between states that's what you get in any Federation or Union. Locals don't want to give up their regional identities to some far-away government perceived not to care about them.
Jul
30
comment What's the best way to take a cold shower?
@AndrewT.: Jumping around increases heart rate and blood flow. It's even better if you have a workout just before your cold shower.
Jul
30
comment What's the best way to take a cold shower?
Flexing those worked out muscles in the shower also helps steel them against the cold water.
Jul
30
comment Is it typical to provide a lot of information for public transport systems in Japan?
Australia is very far from having "a metro system". Almost every bus, light rail, train, tram system is independent and even varies vehicle to vehicle. This is true also in Japan but in Japan the standards are very much higher. Newer vehicles and newer systems tend to have better, more detailed, clearer info.
Jul
30
comment Do Australian citizens still get visa-free entry for 360 days in Georgia (the country)?
Apparently Georgia is about to change its visa rules in September 2014 to a 90/180 system similar to the systems in use in the Schengen area and in Turkey. I don't think full details are available yet: agenda.ge/news/18614/eng
Jul
29
comment Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?
"despite there being no camping there" - do you mean there was a sign saying "co camping" or just that nobody else was camping there? Or is it just EuroEnglish for there being no official campground there? (-:
Jul
24
comment Finding public toilets in Taiwan
@AndrewGrimm: When you're busting to go that doesn't matter so much (-:
Jul
12
comment Dorm / Hostel: How to assert myself politely with roommates
Chill out and go with the flow if you don't want to change agencies. A lot of hostels (depending on country, location, chain, etc) are better for having fun than for resting.) Lock your stuff up and make some friends in other rooms in case you don't get along with your roommates. You can hang out or sleep in the common room / TV room if need be. Be flexible or you'll get more grumpy and tired. It helps if your itinerary isn't too crammed. Or so crammed that you'll be exhausted enough to sleep through anything.