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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
8
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
@user13528: Hi Athina. I'm reluctant to give my email out here (unless the system already does so somewhere) but I have emailed you and received a reply a few days ago. The initial reply was from "Lela" and the second reply seems to be unsigned. Reply here if you can't find it and I will email you directly again.
May
8
comment Will I be able to travel around India speaking only English?
@AdityaSomani: Is Hindi your own language? Do you think it would be different if your language was Gujarati or Panjabi or Tamil or Telugu? I was a bit worried about the north vs. south thing at least. But namaste seemed to be effective no matter what language the people spoke natively.
May
8
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
I have a long history of hating Skype for stealing my money due to inactivity some years back. I may have a tiny amount of inactive credit now though.
May
7
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
I don't have the money or know how to make a long-distance call within Japan. )-:
May
7
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
I emailed airtickets.com and they replied with a "confirmation" from JetStar. This one doesn't include a 13-digit ticket number either so I'm still concerned I might not have a fully booked reservation.
May
6
comment Why do some tourist attractions forbid tourists to take photographs?
For anyone interested on our sister site: Do native English speakers use the word “touristic”?
May
6
comment Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?
We don't know that it "only offers me connections at twice the price". We know that one time it offered one person a connection at twice the alleged price.
May
6
comment Panamanian citizen living in the US lost his Panamanian passport
Can you provide us details about the indefinite answer(s) he did get?
May
6
comment Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?
The search engines don't like to let their users know it, but they don't actually have access to all the data. That's why different search engines find different things. So there's no guarantee that a string of flights you can find manually will be found by one or more of the search engines. This despite what your intuition tells you.
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
Yes the two numbers I have are 6-alphanumeric so I'm not so sure myself (-:
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
@Gagravarr: No the two numbers they've given me are both 6-digit alphanumeric only. I cannot see any longer number such as you mention.
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
For anyone else wondering as I did, PNR stands for Passenger name record.
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
I also tried signing up as a JetStar "member" but the "Manage your bookings" section there has the same problem of not accepting either of the numbers I received from airtickets.com. I guess searching by "ticket number" is not supported, only searching by "booking number", which means a number received from JetStar directly by booking with them directly.
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
I had a frequent flyer thing years ago with JAL I think because I used to do huge flights, but I didn't do them frequently and the points always expired. I assumed all loyalty programs would work in a similar way.
May
5
comment Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar
No I don't have accounts with any airlines. I'm not loyal and always fly with the cheapest.
May
4
comment When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?
If your antipode is in ocean and you intend to visit it anyway, do so in a boat so as to be safer from the sharks.
May
4
comment When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?
Possibly of interest on English.SE: Antonym(s) for “antipode” / “antipodes” / “antipodean”?
May
3
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
I tried this this afternoon in Sapporo and it was the second hottest thing I've eaten in my nine-month trip (one larb on the road north from Bangkok was spicier). At the place I went to (Curry Di. SAVoY) the choice was from 1 to 6 and I chose 6. It was delicious and generous as well as spicy. Unfortunately I'm going to leave jpatokal's answer as the accepted one because of how much effort they put in, even though you found the spiciest thing in the country that did not make their list.
May
2
comment When should I bow in Taiwan?
@Dirty-flow: If you don't compare Japan and Taiwan then you've either not been to both or had your eyes closed. The first impression I had was "Wow it's nothing like China and reminds me of Japan." This surprised me a lot and my feeling did not change by the end of my month in Taiwan.
Apr
29
comment Cheaper alternatives to travel to Hokkaido?
I just managed to hitchhike from (south) Tokyo to about 150km shy of where the ferry to Hokkaido leaves. First ride was about 8am. It's now 10.40pm. There were a couple of hiccups so this isn't a "best time".