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Aug
31
comment Are there LPG gas stations for cars travelling between Sydney and Melbourne?
Should be no problemo. Cairns to Broome might be a different story though.
Aug
31
comment Is Visa's Emergency Cash Disbursement reliable?
Sometimes it's not easy to figure out how to make a collect call. I had this problem in Nicaragua where I thought my Spanish was OK but didn't know how to say or explain "collect call" or "reverse charges" and/or the person whose phone I was using maybe didn't know the concept or perhaps the phone company there might not have even offered it as a service!
Aug
31
comment Is Visa's Emergency Cash Disbursement reliable?
Well not exactly each country, as some countries have VISA offices and some don't. I always lost my VISA cards in the latter kind of country (-:
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
I don't believe he had AmEx but I had believed the same about VISA, having personally had excellent emergency cash assistance from VISA before in Nicaragua.
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
He did block his card (directly through VISA, not through his bank). I have a personal dislike for PayPal so don't know what effects a cancelled payment card has.
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
I went looking for a MoneyGram office or agent but couldn't find the one on Google Maps. In the meantime he met some friend in town who loaned him some money. But this is still a problem many others are likely to face with Khao San Road being both a notorious all-night spot for drinking and getting into trouble as well as being a major hub for travellers.
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
I think it's something to do with the fact that it's a small hostel and the people running the hostel aren't the real "boss" and he only pops in from time to time and probably handles the money stuff and wants nothing to do with the day-to-day running of the place. I didn't find the managers unfriendly to help and got more the impression they are scared to second-guess the owner and probably can't access the hostel's PayPal without him.
Aug
31
comment Why doesn't Saudi Arabia issue tourist visas?
This question was closed as "primarily opinion based", which does not apply at all. There must be a reason and the wording of the question is asking for help finding that reason, not asking people people to come up with their own unsubstantiated theories and opinions.
Aug
31
comment Why doesn't Saudi Arabia issue tourist visas?
It seems to be about politics and travel, not politics rather than travel!
Aug
31
comment Can you travel 'above' the control of a country?
"higher than 26 km horizontally"? Surely one of these words is not the right word? (-:
Aug
31
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
It's getting more and more like my old question which was about whether you were at home when you applied and not about whether you wanted multiple-entry: Is it possible to apply for a Chinese visa while travelling outside your home country?
Aug
30
comment What kind of trousers or shorts are suitable for long-distance summer walking / hitchhiking?
Related question on outdoors.SE: What makes nylon an effective material for hiking pants?
Aug
30
comment What kind of trousers or shorts are suitable for long-distance summer walking / hitchhiking?
I didn't ever manage to find any cheap generic equivalents on my last trip to Eastern Europe and I'm not managing to find any on this trip to Southeast Asia either )-: Tons of cheap clothes in the street markets but it all seems to be cotton.
Aug
30
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
Because I want to criss-cross PRC. I would also like to cross the border to Kyrgyzstan and take ferries to one or more of Taiwan, South Korea, and/or Japan. I'm a seasoned backpacker - I'm used to pain.
Aug
30
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
This all looks solid enough yet it's contradicted in Guilherme's answer, which details experiences only a few months ago. Unless the fact that he was not on the road but in his home country at the time of applying made the key difference. Hence I've started a bounty to get a canonical answer.
Aug
30
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
Ah this is a useful answer since you got a multiple-entry visa first time whereas the other answer says you will only get a multiple-entry visa the third time! However you didn't get your visa while on the road as I was specifically asking about, so I don't know whether that makes a difference.
Aug
29
comment Is it safe to go to Içmeler, Turkey now?
When you say "all this trouble just now" which trouble do you mean? There's various things that might be regarded as "trouble" happening in various places, but in any case they shouldn't affect your stay in Içmeler.
Aug
29
comment Is it safe to go to Içmeler, Turkey now?
The agitation in the Southeast hasn't been the big news in Turkey lately, it's been the official responses to popular protests in cities around the country.
Aug
29
comment Is it safe to go to Içmeler, Turkey now?
I've added "Içmeler" to your question title and as a tag to make it less like a duplicate of the other question.
Aug
29
comment Is it safe to go to Içmeler, Turkey now?
Duplicate of Is it safe to travel to Turkey at this time (August 2013)?