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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.


Aug
22
comment Is there any possibility to ride on a freighter from Romania to South Korea?
Excellent work @choster! I've been meaning to Google the name of the ship but hadn't done so yet.
Aug
22
comment How do I prepare for the possibility of being mugged in the US / Caribbean?
I would like to add that if a credit card (Visa, Mastercard etc) is lost or stolen, cancel it directly through the credit card company rather than through your bank. They are vastly more competent and efficient at dealing with these events.
Aug
21
comment Should one bring a power strip when travelling from the U.S. to Europe so that one won't have to get more than one power adapter?
Ah yes the luxuries of Western Europe! I got mine in Georgia and it's crap ... but still much better than what's on offer in India (-:
Aug
21
comment Do I need a visa to go to Canada from America if I have a Green Card?
Nice work Mark!
Aug
21
comment What kind of trousers or shorts are suitable for long-distance summer walking / hitchhiking?
@AnkurBanerjee: That may well be, which only points to me not being a tourist I suppose d-:
Aug
21
comment Mountain rescue and medical care in Georgia?
From my experience in Georgia no such thing would be "required" and I didn't notice such insurance on offer in Georgia to travellers - but I also wasn't up in the mountains. Did you consider travel insurance though? It will cover you no matter what though you may have to specify any high risk activities when you buy the policy.
Aug
21
comment Can I take motion sickness drugs with me that contain dimenhydratine, or can it be bought at the destination?
While many medicines seemed much more trivial to obtain in Tbilisi than in my home country of Australia, I found that I couldn't get anything like Sudafed. This could be due to their massive effort to clean up after the chaotic 1990s where anything vaguely considered a "drug" is now a very strict no-no. So it could go either way. Most medicines in Georgia right now seem to originate in Turkey or Ukraine (possibly also Russia but there's some kind of political blockade) so if those countries make an equivalent there's a better chance you can get it.
Aug
21
comment Should one bring a power strip when travelling from the U.S. to Europe so that one won't have to get more than one power adapter?
There could be some ultra-portable power strips designed just for travel. Possibly with outlets connected by some kind of sturdy cable rather than all mounted on a big chunk of plastic? The kind of outlets they use in Europe and India often have no grip and double adapters can just fall straight out )-:
Aug
21
comment How many days to know Tokyo?
Well ask a subjective question get a subjective answer. Time for me to get off the fence and vote to close - sorry guys. But for more specific questions I have some Tokyo kowledge...
Aug
20
comment Is there any possibility to ride on a freighter from Romania to South Korea?
Well they don't just build ships - there's a Korean ship there right now - for all I know it's departing for Korea next month after some minor repairs. Which reminds me to add the photo ... So you are saying that riding a freighter is exclusively possible via the shipping lines and not via anyone aboard the ship, or over the Internet?
Aug
20
comment Are swimming costumes required for hot springs in New Zealand?
I assume you're asking so you can avoid seeing nekkid New Zealanders' bottoms?
Aug
20
comment Is there any possibility to ride on a freighter from Romania to South Korea?
@AndrewGrimm: Try hovering your mouse over the freighter-travel tag d-: (If you have a touchy iDevice I dunno though...)
Aug
20
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
Really? An alternator has more resistance when more power is drawn from it? Is this something to do with the rotating doodads in the magnetic field? Which SE site could I ask a question about this - it's really piqued my curiosity. Oh I didn't notice until I finished my comment that you also mentioned other SE sites (-:
Aug
20
comment What is the cheapest available freighter voyage anywhere?
@mouviciel: I mean as a traveller, so yes (-:
Aug
19
comment Is it more expensive to buy airline tickets together than separate?
Well if the sites are tracking IP addresses they don't also need cookies, they can do all the tracking on the server. Not saying they do, just that this test alone isn't sufficient to rule it out.
Aug
19
comment Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?
Now I want to go to Helsinki!
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
Another point is that you could supplement the alternator with the solar cells/panels so that your electrical system has more power available while still having a strain on other car systems, but less of a strain. (Then again I don't know much about volts and watts and amps and all that.)
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
@iHaveacomputer: Unless things have changed a lot since I sold my last car to concentrate on backpacking, the engine has no idea how much power is being taken from the alternator. If you draw too much power you might end up with dimmer headlights than usual and your battery not well charged, but there is no feedback for the engine to work harder. But hey cars are full of computers now so if this has indeed changed, let us know about which which year or decade most cars gained this ability.
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
I'm pretty sure that putting more demand on the alternator doesn't cause the alternator to put more demand on the engine. The engine pushes the alternator by a belt - the alternator does not pull the engine.
Aug
19
comment Layover at Narita, Japan. Do I need a transit visa?
Related terminology question: In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?