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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.


Oct
30
comment Where can you safely store your belongings in order to travel?
It looks like I missed something. This service is for people already travelling who don't need all their junk for their whole trip. I guess you want to store your stuff at home before you leave. In that case I don't think there's anything specific to travellers, but self-storage units are pretty universal.
Oct
30
comment Who hires non-native English teachers?
@MightyMover: It varies a lot from country to country. Richer countries with longer traditions of importing English teachers have the highest expectations. Poorer countries with huge demand will have lower requirements. Plus you can always take on private students.
Oct
30
comment Availability of taxi from Tbilisi Airport to a certain hotel during winter
Because of it's unusual location between Europe, Russia, and Asia, many flights arrive late at night around 3am / 4am. I think taxi drivers are aware of this. I don't recall there being any shuttle companies though.
Oct
30
comment Who hires non-native English teachers?
Do you have some stats to back up that "most jobs" have such requirements. Definitely the most reputable ones, the ones that pay the best teacher wages do, but there's tons of more affordable ones that don't pay as well or have as high requirements. I have no idea what the ratio of the one to the other is.
Oct
30
comment Schengen visa rejection
I found a couple of visa calculators that might help anybody else who has trouble figuring this stuff out. See my followup question: How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?
Oct
30
comment How many accommodation types are recognized in German?
@Vince: Sadly it's not quite that good. This same problem Andra mentions is much worse here in Korea for instance. Then again the fact that two local map sites are much more popular may also be a factor.
Oct
30
comment What to do in Barcelona?
I can see this is quite a popular question but I think it's far too general. Stack Exchange questions are expected to show some effort. Before you ask here you should check out sites like Wikitravel, Wikivoyage, tripadvisor, Wikipedia. When you don't find what you want there then it's time to ask us here.
Oct
28
comment Any first-hand information on American “chip and no PIN” cards in the U.K.?
For credit cards you can sign, even if they are debit versions of the cards. This may not work for other kinds of cards (ones without MC/Visa/AMEX/Diners logos).
Oct
25
comment Visa-friendly country for an international conference?
I don't know that this is true. When I was in Georgia it was a very big deal if any of my friends there successfully got a Shengen visa. And my Indonesian friend who wanted to come travelling with me gave up after the Schengen visa rules and costs were too much for her.
Oct
25
comment Haunted Houses in New York City
I also thought you were asking about houses that some people believe to be inhabited by ghosts.
Oct
22
comment Can I do volunteer work while visiting for 2 months in Amsterdam?
Usually you need a work visa even to legally do volunteer work, but I don't know if the Netherlands is usual in this regard or not.
Oct
22
comment Where is the safest place in a train?
For the air equivalent of this question: Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?
Oct
22
comment Statistically, is there a safest seat on the plane if it crashes?
For the rail equivalent of this question: Where is the safest place in a train?
Oct
21
comment Planning to buy a TV in Dubai to bring to India, what issues may I encounter?
@HaLaBi: I think customs rules are 100% on-topic. Where to buy is a bit iffy for non-travel-related stuff - we should give that some thought for when the site gets big in the future. I think when we get into brands and prices that's definitely the area the SE network doesn't want as covered in the classic blog post: Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping!
Oct
21
comment Planning to buy a TV in Dubai to bring to India, what issues may I encounter?
Even though I've asked and fought to keep a couple of shopping questions here on travel.se I think this provides a test case of where to draw the line. I think buying travel-related gear while travelling (tent, sleeping bag, phone, gps) should be on-topic, but buying stuff to import back home should be off-topic.
Oct
20
comment Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
Brendan, try to avoid links like "this page", your second link is the way to do it: Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?
Oct
20
comment What's the value of the “genocide” and similar questions on the US customs form I-94?
The US is far from the only country that asks questions like this on an immigration form.
Oct
20
comment What's the value of the “genocide” and similar questions on the US customs form I-94?
Should this imply that if she had mentioned her SS history that the US wouldn't have deported her for it?
Oct
20
comment Can tourists meet onsen geisha nowadays?
While I wouldn't say this is off-topic here right now, if the Culture of Japan proposal on Area51 takes off, I think it would be better over there.
Oct
20
comment Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
It turns out that the Lille citadel has always been military-owned, and this is believed to be the main reason it has survived so well. It currently hosts the Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps - France, which is related somehow to NATO. This suggests to me you can't visit as a tourist, but you never know...