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Backpacking since Christmas Day, 1989. Hitchhiking since mid 2010.

Half a year ago I left my recurrent job working in a backpacker hostel to embark on the current trip where I hitchhiked from Singapore to Ulan Bator and now find myself in Kagoshima, Japan.


Jun
11
comment What exactly is a open-jaw flight?
No we should definitely mention it. But we shouldn't close this as a duplicate of that, we shouldn't close this one at all. I guess I shouldn't've assumed those voting to close were doing so for the same reasons that were mentioned in the comments. If they're voting to close for other reasons I'd like to hear.
Jun
11
comment What exactly is a open-jaw flight?
Almost every blog and podcast post related to all questions on all SE sites. They go into things like the rules, the thinking behind the rules, whether the rules are working well or not, whether a rule is being acted upon too literally, among lots of other stuff. There are lots of key concepts for identifying good posts such as "the long tail" and "making the internet better". I recommend all contributors have a read and/or listen to some of the posts from time to time to get much deeper insights into how SE works and why than just asking, answering, and voting will give you.
Jun
11
comment What exactly is a open-jaw flight?
Digging for an answer in another question is not going to help future people wondering what this term means. I'm sure whoever is voting to close this question has never read any of Jeff's or Joel's blog posts or listened to any of their podcasts )-:
Jun
11
comment Is there a cheapest city / airline / season to fly one-way from anywhere in Europe to Australia?
Athens would be perfect. I have a friend with a couch I can crash on there ... and I've never been there yet (-:
Jun
10
comment Are there European equivalents of “Route 66”
The famous mythical route in Europe is not based on a single highway and is much more epic: The "hippie trail" which went all the way from Europe to India and Nepal! But if that's too young to compare to Route 66, there's also the less young epic Silk Road.
Jun
9
comment Must see places while going through Belgium?
Visit Bruges/Brugge. Drink trappist beers. Eat dark chocolate.
Jun
7
comment What's the most comfortable way to travel with 2 backpacks or bags and a DSLR camera?
I reworded the question title to match what you're saying in the comments but it still seems as subjective to me as your comment below "I accept this answer as it's the best one for me (mostly for the camera), but other answers may be better for other situations". It's up to the mods and SE staff I suppose.
Jun
6
comment Israel tourist visa renewal
True indeed but a "maybe yes maybe no" answer doesn't leave the OP's original question of "how long" any closer to an answer. But of course all your other objective info about extending your stay is good stuff (-:
Jun
6
comment Finger Lakes and Wineries
Generally the people that run Stack Exchange want the site to contain objective questions and answers and they from upon recommendations which tend to be subjective. At travel.SE we are not as hardline on this rule, but to achieve that we require your question to focus on something very specific. We are not here to choose for you or make suggestions. Please make your question more specific so we can find the "one right answer".
Jun
6
comment Israel tourist visa renewal
@littleadv: If you can find the official site I will be all in favour of this answer. I tried the walk out and walk back in trick in Mexico at the Guatemala border once and it didn't work. So I just told my friend who came with me to the border that I'd see him in a week or two (-: Nothing ventured nothing gained. But I know the situation at Israel's borders might sometimes be a bit different...
Jun
6
comment What's the most comfortable way to travel with 2 backpacks or bags and a DSLR camera?
In fact Stack Exchange specifically warns that questions using the word "best" tend to be objective. What's best for each person tends to differ. Subjective would be "cheapest", "lightest", "strongest", etc.
Jun
6
comment What's the most comfortable way to travel with 2 backpacks or bags and a DSLR camera?
Is this objective? It seems to just be asking us each for our personal backpack preference. ... and the answers seem to confirm this. I've decided to be a "Stack Exchange Cop" and voted to close: As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, see the FAQ for guidance.
Jun
6
comment Israel tourist visa renewal
When you say might not count as "leaving" are you making an assumption or do you know this for sure? Because different countries have very different rules. USA insists you go further away than Canada or Mexico. For some countries you have to be gone for say a week or more. For some the wording of the rule is that you can stay for 90 days within any 180 day period. And for some you can literally get your exit stamp, walk across the border to get your entry stamp and right away another exist stamp then walk right back to get a new entry stamp!
Jun
6
comment What is the best source of information for ATM availability?
For some of us, avoiding a "few dollar fee" on every withdrawal is a big deal. No big deal on a a two week trip with an income. A big deal indeed on a year+ trip with no income, especially in countries where the cost of living is very low.
Jun
6
comment What is the best source of information for ATM availability?
Hmm not so simple. In Australia, Plus does not exist. My Visa cards have supported Cirrus for many years. This is probably why when I'm overseas it seems to never work to try to use my Visa card in an ATM marked with Maestro but not with Cirrus. Also when you can use a card with two networks, say Visa or Cirrus, the cost of using one or the other can vary by a huge amount. I avoid using my Visa card in ATMs unless it's an emergency for this very reason.
Jun
4
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
@rlesko Well both geography and what to call places is relevant to travellers. I think one way or another it's pretty relevant so if anybody can see ways to improve it then please make suggestions and I can edit the question some more (-:
Jun
4
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
I've reworded my question to make it less about defining the term and more about whether we travellers should use or avoid it when travelling if it's contentious.
Jun
4
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
See also another similar terminology question which was acceptable: Which countries are “Muslim countries”?
Jun
4
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
If it's considered bad form to downvote without constructive comments, then it is surely bad form to vote to close without constructive comments.
Jun
3
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
It's true I didn't come across "near east" very often until I started reading more material written in the past. But this only results in adding Turkey to the list of countries maybe in and maybe not in the middle east...