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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.


Sep
25
comment Can a student visa to Australia be changed to a working holiday visa after the course without having to leave the country?
Yes we did look online last night and I did find the 40 hours per fortnight rule but thank you for finding the other information which I did not spot.
Sep
25
comment Do hostels provide toiletries?
I sometimes have trouble finding body wash / shower gel in some countries, or even finding a translation for it. It's much easier to transport than soap.
Sep
24
comment Is it recommended to travel to Tibet (Lhasa) for just under 20 days and with a low budget?
Two summers ago I was given a tip by a solo traveller who had just been there. China set some kind of arbitrary border defining Tibet and only this area requires a permit. Outside this area the people look Tibetan, speak Tibetan, they are Tibetan by ethnicity, culture, history, language, etc. He travelled overland from Spain to Southeast Asia and back in a period of over a year and told me this was the best part of his trip. I believe it's also less spoiled than the Tibet you need permits for. I don't know specific details but hopefully this gives you something to work with.
Sep
24
comment Are there any drive-in restaurants in Central Europe?
Yeah these are not even that easy to find in the US any more though during the '50s revival in the '80s I had a favourite one in Fullerton California. I've never seen one outside the US. If there is something it will likely be somewhere that also has a classic car theme, what those Germans call "Oldtimers"!
Sep
24
comment Options for Cooking while visiting Australia
It's true. We lock our kitchen at midnight in our Bondi hostel because so many backpackers come home drunk and steal each others food then the victims want us to pay for it! I've seen hostels with individual kitchen lockers, but not for refrigerated food. Look for family hostels or smaller hostels, avoid party hostels, large hostels, and flop houses if a good kitchen is a high priority. Outside the big cities will be much more easy going than city centre ones.
Sep
23
comment How to use sink with separate hot/cold taps?
Not for all the rest of us. But this answer only covers clean sinks. It won't work in lots of pubs and nightclubs and many other public toilets unless submerging your hands in diluted mystery ick is not a problem or you always keep some household cleaning products with you (-;
Sep
23
comment Options for Cooking while visiting Australia
Unless you're going to visit somebody in the Gold Coast I wouldn't really recommend it. Especially the Surfers Paradise area is nothing more than a tourist trap. The best part of this whole area in most peoples' opinion is Byron Bay just south over the New South Wales border.
Sep
23
comment Options for Cooking while visiting Australia
I think the ecotravelling part is a totally different question that you should move into a separate one since it's not at all about cooking.
Sep
22
comment Looking for a very last minute adventure trip (5th -13th May)
As worded this is definitely "too localized" since it refers to a specific date range, which is now in the past. Is there a way to re-word it to ever be of use to others?
Sep
22
comment How to find a sauna/bathhouse in Korea that allows customers with tattoos?
@AnkurBanerjee: If you can find out which sauna they used that could be a good answer! (-:
Sep
21
comment Is there another destination like Thailand?
It's also similar in negative aspects like having way too many stupid annoying drunk Australians. I apologize for my crude compatriots' behaviour.
Sep
21
comment Visiting Formula 1 Monaco GP on a tight budget
There are hostels in Nice, and also in the even nicer Cannes, not so far away. Out of season these can be pretty cheap but it wouldn't surprise me if the prices go up for the formula one, and get booked out way in advance. I had the impression that when you come above ground from the station that you were pretty much in part of the harbour area and that part of the circuit goes right through that area. I could be wrong though since it was just a few hours over a decade ago,
Sep
21
comment Where can I photograph fake geisha in Kyoto?
I crashed at a friend's place in Gion who was an English teacher in Kyoto a year or two ago. We did see plenty of real geisha but I don't recall ever spotting a western geisha at all, which would be the only way I could know detect a fake one. (Yes I know there is at least one genuine western geisha too.)
Sep
20
comment What documents should you carry with you when travelling internationally?
There will be a lot of "it depends" stuff I think. Places you need special permits for or where there are special police registration requirements for tourists as in Russia. And of course there's licence plus possibly international license if you're planning to drive. In Mexico you must not throw away or lose your tourist card, you must have papers for your vehicle, etc.
Sep
20
comment Options for cooking own food while traveling to Canada?
@Vince: You should flesh out your comment and post it as a full answer.
Sep
20
comment Which places would require hiking boots?
+1 for ankle support - the most important thing!
Sep
20
comment Places with unusual platform numbers
I do programming during my trips but I wouldn't ask programming questions here. I think the same reasoning goes into why Stack Exchange doesn't like shopping questions for instance. Things you could do while either travelling or not don't become travel questions because you do things on your trip. They're supposed to be inherently travel related. But yeah this is just me trying to follow Stack Exchange standards. It would be helpful if the SE staff advised us from time to time how to keep on track.
Sep
20
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
There are also Aboriginal passports in Australia, in the news recently when Julian Assange was given one.
Sep
20
comment Are there any common, secret services offered by airlines to passengers onboard?
I think this is a good question which adds value to the site. Technically it could be a list but I don't think it's open ended and I think it's objectively answerable. I think it much better fits our site than the strange station numbers question that I just voted to close.
Sep
20
comment Places with unusual platform numbers
I'm gonna be bad cop here because I think this is the kind of question our overlords want to avoid, it doesn't have a "real problem you're trying to solve".