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

For the first time I managed to save enough travel funds in less than six months in Australia.

I've been hitchhiking around Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and now Cambodia, and will continue hitchhiking around Asia for the next eight or nine months.


May
24
comment Alternative to trains in Japan
Bullet trains (Shinkansen) are expensive but there are also slower trains and their prices can be considerably lower. Not as low as buses though, and even buses can vary in price in Japan though all the buses I rode on or saw were very modern and comfortable.
May
19
comment Which ATM/debit card to use in Seoul?
It could be. I've never possessed a Mastercard, only Visa cards.
May
18
comment Japan's crumbling temples and shrines — How can I find them?
Well there are many castles in Japan, quite different from European castles. Some are in perfect condition like in Osaka, and others might have just the large defensive walls or some other degree of ruins. I'm not sure if any are "crumbling" in the way you might expect in Egypt, Mexico, Cambodia, or even Albania. Here's the first site I find that looks like the right thing when I search for Japan castle ruins.
May
10
comment Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Chinese visa? And do you have to stick to it?
That's interesting. I had a Catalan friend a few years ago who told me he travelled freely in the Tibetan areas which were not part of the "official Tibet" specifically to avoid having to obtain a special permit. Should I ask a question specifically about that?
May
9
comment Japan's crumbling temples and shrines — How can I find them?
@jake9115: Are you only interested in older/traditional religious ruins? Japan seems to have a good few ruined castles and lots of abandoned buildings from the 20th century. Are those within the scope of what you're looking for?
May
8
comment Do I need to apply for two separate visas for Australia and New Zealand?
But Australia and New Zealand are only 1,300km apart - are you sure they're different countries?
May
1
comment Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?
@AndrewGrimm: There's plenty of females using hostels in Georgia. I'd say close to 50% actually.
May
1
comment Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?
I've never come across this before and I've stayed and worked in lots of hostels, including in Tbilisi. What you do see however is higher prices for smaller dorms and lower prices for larger dorms. If the women-only dorm had fewer beds in it then that would naturally lead to a higher price. Room sizes are dictated by the building you have and it's far more common for women to want to avoid mixed dorms than it is for men though I have had a couple of men specify they only want a single-sex dorm.
Apr
29
comment Dual citizen applying for Russian visa with only other country's passport
For a previous question about this rule, see How can I maximize my chances of obtaining a Russian visa outside my home country?
Apr
25
comment How expensive is a vacation to Japan?
I could last about six months in Japan on that much money but not everybody likes to spend as much money as me, and not everybody likes to spend as little money as me ...
Apr
22
comment Is there any restriction/limitation against female passengers who travel to the Arab countries of the middle east by these countries?
Perhaps focusing on the term "country" is not necessary. These are all "places", including Palestine, with degrees of Arabic + Muslim culture where travellers may well expect the culture to have effects on laws and regulations they may need to comply with.
Apr
15
comment How do Open Street Maps features compare to Garmin's Nuvi features in the US?
Since OSM is also a webapp this question may be more suitable to webapps.se.
Apr
13
comment Are there age restrictions to stay in some hostels?
In fact short maximum allowed stays were common and may still be in some places. I ran up against 3-day maximum stays in HI hostels in Los Angeles in 2000 and again in Vancouver six or seven years later.
Apr
13
comment Are there age restrictions to stay in some hostels?
When I visited Monaco a dozen years ago there was only one hostel and it was an official one and one of the official rules was a maximum age. I think the age was about thirty and I was about thirty one. My friend a few years younger than me could stay but I couldn't even though there was plenty of empty space that night. I don't recall the details and it may well have changed since then.
Apr
12
comment Is it possible to visit Abkhazia by land from Georgia?
What was the protocol as you were crossing on the Georgian side?
Apr
9
comment How on earth can I use a Canadian toilet without splashing myself?
Careful pasting stuff here from random other sites. At Stack Exchange we try to honour copyright!
Apr
8
comment Overland route from Southeast Asia (Malaysia) to South Asia (India, Nepal, or Pakistan)
Actually Burma is the place I am most interested in in this region but [according to a previous question], I can only cross the border at Thailand or China, must exit at the same point I entered, and can only stay for 24 hours. Flying in and out would break my overland criteria though. Also I thought that either the border was closed with India or it required a special permit as well as an Indian visa that way.
Apr
8
comment Where can I find guided tours of Australia by indigenous people?
You may also be interested in: Are there any travel experiences in Australia that offer aboriginal (or Torres Strait) “cultural immersion”?
Apr
5
comment Is the border between Georgia and Russia open to citizens of other countries?
I accepted the answer I did because I was the asker of the question, I was in Georgia for 7 months, and I met people who had crossed or had planned to cross. The accepted answer backed that up. The other answers seem to merely repeat rules and rumours and/or discuss related matters without personal experience or reliable references. But if you have some recent experience or reliable references I would like to see them included.
Apr
2
comment Is it possible to go from South Korea to Hong Kong by sea?
I was sure there were ferries to Qingdao (I think). Maybe I'm confusing with the ferry terminal at the other end of my trip, Shimonoseki Japan. I'll check my stuff ...