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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.


May
31
comment Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?
@Karlson: We're not all alike. I personally am most interested in the lesser known parts of the vast country even though I don't speak the language. I don't think one follows the other and I lack the power of guessing what other individuals would be interested in generally. I can tell you that the first-hand scary stories of random violence all seem to involve skinhead street gangs in Moscow, which certainly puts me off wanting to visit that major city.
May
30
comment What are less expensive alternatives to flights in and out of Panama City?
Costa Rica is a major tourist destination nearby - did you check it?
May
29
comment ESTA - 90-day Visa Waiver for Australian
It used to be that going to Canada or Mexico wasn't enough as the US counted you as still in the US for visa purposes. I heard that they wanted to add some Central American countries to this list too. I don't know how up to date this is though ...
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@SpehroPefhany: Even grossly under reported stats can at least give us some hints I suppose. That's a pretty scary and worrying story by the way!
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@AdityaSomani: Japanese stats are fine. Somebody will help translate or interpret them.
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@Geeo: I reported it to the onsen management so they would be aware it happens. I didn't report it to the police since only untraceable cash was taken from a room with no security cameras and I didn't have travel insurance so didn't need a police report.
May
27
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
Yes I had a scan a few weeks ago too. I thought there could be other potential sources besides the police such as travel insurance companies, surveys, studies, tourism advisory offices of foreign countries, etc.
May
27
comment OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
@AlanChavez: Squat toilets are generally not public/open/communal, except in China where communal ones are not uncommon.
May
26
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
I have to vote this down because it focusses arbitrarily on one point in a string of causes and effects and decides it is the "correct" one, with no justification, in a one-sentence answer.
May
26
comment Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?
@DavidRicherby: Hmm so there must be some way around this, at least in the USA, at least for one company.
May
26
comment Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?
Where does Coca Cola process their coca leaves?
May
25
comment Do they serve sushi on flights?
@AdityaSomani: Ah well you should've really included that in your question of course.
May
25
comment Would travel by bus count as an onward ticket?
It ought to be enough. But I don't know how much is up to the interpretation and mood of the person doing the checking. If it's the person at the airline check in desk then they are pretty nice compared to some immigration officers. I used a printout of a $10 train ticket as proof when I flew one-way to Malaysia recently and it was accepted.
May
21
comment Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?
Well not 100% certain of course. "An" can't apply to "reserve" or "cash". "Some emergency cash reserves" sounds right though. I was tired at the time so let me check again ...
May
21
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
@DavidG: Which, in turn, lead to more questions: Why do airlines buy ice making machines that most other places serving ice do without? Why do airlines choose the less expensive of several available ice making machines which result in different shapes. In any case your answer makes it seem like a total coincidence in which the airlines definitely play no conscious decision making part whatsoever. Which is fine if it's true, but you don't show that it is actually true.
May
21
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
@GregHewgill: From tap water of course. Some tap water tastes like pure water. Just the other day I was served some very yucky water that would've tasted just as bad if it had been made into ice.
May
21
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
But why do airlines use this machine whereas ice cubes we encounter in many other places seems not to be made with a similar machine?
May
21
comment How to know when to get on and off for transfers on Greyhound?
In which country? There are long distance bus/coach companies with the name Greyhound and varying degrees of relatedness and of serivce in several countries. At least Australia, Canada, and the US. Possibly in the UK too. Rather than replying to this comment just edit the info into the question / title / tags.
May
21
comment Do travel diapers exist for long bus/prop plane trips that don't have on board lavatories?
Factoid of the day: In Japan adult diapers now outsell infant diapers!
May
21
comment Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?
Tourists from the North Caucasus have offered me some quite different perspectives on their experiences of visiting their nation's capital. Maybe only internal tourists need worry, or maybe that such things happen but aren't exactly known is a problem. Anyway it's worth asking the experts here!