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

For the first time I managed to save enough travel funds in less than six months in Australia.

I've been soaking up the atmosphere in Kuala Lumpur before setting off around Asia for the next nine or ten months.


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.
Nov
4
comment What kind of masks are the British border control officers wearing at the Gibraltar Border?
Plagiarism is not cool.
Nov
4
comment UK to Iran by car - insurance question
Do you also recommend all participants in the Mongol Rally to travel to Mongolia by air and rent a rally car inside Mongolia? \-:
Nov
3
comment UK to Iran by car - insurance question
@jwenting: Possibly, but they might also have proffessional or dedicated fixers who spend a lot of time making lots of phonecalls figuring it all out too.
Nov
3
comment UK to Iran by car - insurance question
As a single-topic question about how to be insured for third party liability across this range of countries is a good one. I would not imagine it to be easy at all yet I've seen documentaries and travelogues where people have done similar adventures and assume some of them must have had some insurance...
Nov
3
comment Australian passport processing time overseas
Also I had to get a new Aussie passport once while I was in Vancouver and was shocked that it took only about three days! That was however around 1996/1998 (before biometric passports, before 9/11 caused many rules and processes to be changed). It was also an emergency passport (six months validity) rather than a full renewed passport.
Nov
3
comment Australian passport processing time overseas
I just submitted my passport renewal right here in Sydney and the form and the Post Office told me it takes three weeks. A few days later I rang them and asked if it will be quicker to pick it up in person. The answer was yes but it's still going to exactly two weeks from when I lodged the application to the day I can pick it up.
Nov
3
comment Australian passport processing time overseas
Still the exact same problem can face a traveller under certain circumstances. I think it's on topic on either/both sites as per the Pee-Wee Herman Rule.
Nov
1
comment Handwash on the go
@divB: You should edit your question with some of the info in your comments clarifying that you're looking for clean=refreshed as a higher priority than clean=germ-free. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive.)
Oct
31
comment Handwash on the go
Be aware that many "refreshing towels" are very harmful to the environment. I'm not sure if there are also some environmentally friendly kinds, but I would try to find something like that if possible.
Oct
31
comment Handwash on the go
In fact normal soap sanitizes hands insofar as removing bacteria almost as much as antibacterial soap. Some regard the overhyping of antibacterial soaps as a bit of a con. I do not know if there are other "soaps that include sanitizers" than antibacterial soaps.