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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
10
comment Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?
Thanks for the answer! I stayed in my first one last night. It is a former shop attached to a house in ノシャップ, far north Hokkaido. It is open all year but I'm only the third guest this year. It wasn't as cheap as I expected at 2000 yen (or 2500 with futon). I've paid less for a real bed in a hostel including Wi-Fi. I still liked it though. Before checking out I went for a walk down the west side of the cape to Fujimi where I stumbled upon another ライダーハウス with a sign saying 750 yen. It was good to have a heater and a shower for one night but now it's back to 野宿 (-:
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
@MichaelBorgwardt: I would qualify that as at least fake reviews written by freelance writers for the purpose have mini stories, but most real reviews are not written by freelance writers.
May
9
comment Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?
Never heard of that one before, thanks Mark.
May
9
comment Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?
Oh I overlooked the external links - thanks!
May
9
comment Where to find out more about “ライダーハウス” / “riders' houses” in Japan?
Well an info source that gave us more info about seasonality would be good. Directories of things known to be seasonal still exist though since they know they have to try to keep up to date.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
There are more than one kind of fake review though. Place promotes itself. Place attacks competition. One employee takes it upon themself to promote the place without knowledge of bosses. Disgruntled guests make stuff up to boost negative review. Employee asks guests to write reviews and guests write positively even though that wasn't what was asked. I bet there's other kinds I haven't thought of too.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
I think this could be the most insightful answer. A bit unexpected compared to the others yet when you read it you know it just has to work.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
These fake reviews were written by freelance writers hired to write fake reviews. I'm sure this is done to some degree. But usually fake reviews are written by owners, managers, or staff of a place who are not professional writers. Or competitors bagging each others' places in fake negative reviews, also not professional writers. I'd like to see some statistical comparisons of these kinds of fake reviews versus those written by freelance writers.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
You don't only have to filter out fake reviews anyway, you also have to filter out poor quality reviews that may or may not be fake. "Best hostel I ever stayed at, 5 stars". "Worst hostel of our entire trip. 0 stars". Also filter out things that are due to one-time problems that are likely to have been addressed, broken bathrooms, etc. Then there are differing preferences: "5 stars, party every night" and "5 stars always quiet and peaceful" are not the same thing depending on what you like.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
As somebody who travels a lot, sometimes posts reviews, and also works at a backpacker hostel reception, I have to also disagree with #2. I'm sure it happens sometimes but I've never spotted a dodge review at my hostel or other hostels I know that name names. I'm personally elated when a review mentions me positively and can also even feel a bit smug when a (not favourite) coworker or somebody I know working in another hostel gets named in a negative way.
May
9
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
@MarcksThomas: I think a new question asking our help to find that article would be quite different for us but nevertheless on topic and I would vote it up.
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.