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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
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...
Oct
20
comment Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
The Lille citadel has a Wikipedia page by the way. In Wikitravel it's included in the city's "must see" section, but no information on visiting it is included.
Oct
20
comment Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
This reminds me of a citadel in Alessandria, Italy I found by walking around randomly, which didn't seem to be developed for tourism at all. I got the impression at the time that it was in use by the military. But Googling for it now I find it's a UNESCO world heritage site!
Oct
20
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
For anyone else reading who, like me, has no idea what "PBR" refers to, it turns out to be Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
Oct
19
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
I guess the big difference for those of us from non-tipping cultures is that we are not used to having any part of the price not being on the bill, so we couldn't go to a place where the advertised price is more than we have. But you've cleared that up for me, thanks.
Oct
19
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
In such circumstance you generally feel cheap no matter what, but can still hopefully try to avoid insulting people. Thanks for the advice.
Oct
18
comment Are there really walking groups in malls in the US?
Sorry I'm down voting this because I don't think it's a real travel question. It's just a throwaway culture / customs question disguised as a travel question.
Oct
17
comment Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo?
And for those who hate links that don't say what they are before you click on them: Is there any real benefit in the everyday use of surgical masks to protect oneself from radiation?
Oct
15
comment Where is the best snorkelling in the Caribbean?
@AdamDunn: Are you going to the mainland of Mexico, Belize, Honduras or to island countries? Just to English-speaking destinations? Do you have budget constraints? Many resort destinations in the Caribbean are super expensive but many more affordable places will have less fully developed tourism facilities. Are you expecting to see coral or fish? Shipwrecks? Rare sights? Do you have lots of snorkelling experience and want the best of the best or are you an amateur who just wants the most bang for your buck?
Oct
15
comment Cell phones in South Korea
Will the phone be waiting for you in the destination city or do they get it to you before you leave home? Is it available no matter which country you are from / depart from / go to?
Oct
15
comment Where is the best snorkelling in the Caribbean?
@MarkMayo: Well he does say he wants to snorkel right off the beach, so that rules out many places often regarded as "best", including the Blue Hole.
Oct
14
comment Cell phones in South Korea
This answer would be a lot better if it told us briefly what iphonetrip.com is and/or does.
Oct
14
comment When applying for a Schengen visa, how do I prove that my employer/company will pay all my costs?
Did you mean to tag this philippine-airlines? Or should it be philippine-citizens?
Oct
11
comment Carrying large amounts of cash in Japan
Japanese ATMs are notoriously some of the most painful to use in the world, especially for such a developed country. They generally close at night and on weekends. Citibank has the only "normal" ones. In small places only the post office will have one. 7/11 usually has ATMs that are the most useful for travellers, but from time to time they stop supporting foreign cards for unpredictable lengths of time.
Oct
9
comment Is there a strong full-time RV (motor home) community in Europe and/or Asia?
@jwenting: Here on Travel Stack Exchange?
Oct
9
comment Is there a strong full-time RV (motor home) community in Europe and/or Asia?
@jwenting: According to Wikipedia, a "pulled caravan" is an RV too: "Recreational vehicle or RV is, in North America, the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amenities found in a home."
Oct
9
comment Is there a strong full-time RV (motor home) community in Europe and/or Asia?
Hmm I guess I didn't spot the part about it being about living permanently in an RV until the question title was changed. I didn't ask anybody in Europe or Asia if they lived in their RVs.