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Sep
10
comment Is there a powerstrip which accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?
My hostel in Bangkok had sockets like these in the walls of the common room - they are a great idea for hostels!
Sep
10
comment How do you find quiet and well-equipped places to work in cities when travelling?
Jokes aside, I find this varies enormously from country to country, perhaps even city to city. I find this question on-topic but hard to answer. I'm not sure if you asked help finding spots in specific cities whether we would consider than on-topic or not. Possibly.
Sep
10
comment How do you find quiet and well-equipped places to work in cities when travelling?
I've had occasion to visit them for their air-conditioning when it's hot outside too.
Sep
10
comment How do you find quiet and well-equipped places to work in cities when travelling?
Oh I find them to work quite well thanks.
Sep
10
comment What is cheapest way to fly around SE Asia in a circuit - hub with roundtrip tickets or sequence of oneway tickets?
Since you like seeing the country by travelling overland, you should factor in not just the cheap airfares but also how much you enjoy getting to and from and spending time in airports. KL is a brilliant hub (my god the food!) but Air Asia doesn't quite fly everywhere in Southeast Asia yet. Then there's the overland bits that would be over sea. Ferries are only there sometimes and of those only some are a decent quality. This is a part of the world with lots of ferry disasters.
Sep
10
comment Has the Stalin Musem in Batumi shut down for good or will it reopen?
Did you take any photos?
Sep
9
comment Adaptors that work in the various electricity outlets in Europe
Is that a case made of of the same ballistics gel that MythBusters use to simulate human flesh? \-: Or am I the only one who doesn't know?
Sep
9
comment Adaptors that work in the various electricity outlets in Europe
Seems like everybody except @MarkE has had a go at clarifying this question (-:
Sep
9
comment Is it possible to place a “reverse charges” or “collect” telephone call from Laos? How?
Ouch! It's to call my bank back home to tell them to send me new ATM and credit cards. They might refuse that since it's not a regular call. At the bank here in Laos they told me to call Australia on a regular phone is $3 per minute.
Sep
9
comment Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?
Yes FedEx and DHL are specifically mentioned in at least one of the linked articles as the major reason for air couriers vanishing. Yes Japan is odd - there are no Western Union or MoneyGram agents there either!
Sep
9
comment Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?
I believe the airlines are not responsible. There are courier companies who merely book seats on airlines. So presumably they cooperate but are not tied and a courier company could change airlines or use more than one. It is notable that none of the articles list any courier companies!
Sep
9
comment Is it possible to place a “reverse charges” or “collect” telephone call from Laos? How?
I know there are alternatives such as Skype or finding somebody to pay or using carrier pigeon. But I'd like to keep this on the topic of reverse charges.
Sep
9
comment One way ticket to Seoul with Canadian Passport?
Oh I forgot I asked pretty much the same question before I did it!
Sep
8
comment Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?
I could be confused about when this is asked. I'm sure I've worried over it in the past. Maybe I got it from movies and documentaries about drug smugglers where they are asked this right before the get in trouble? It could be I've been asked it at customs when they are about to search my luggage anyway, which happens to me maybe %5 to %10 of the time - twice on my last trip, not yet on this trip.
Sep
8
comment Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?
Sorry if I seem pedantic but were you asking checking on couriering between all pairs of places such as from USA to Latin America or only from the UK? This could make a big difference if say this is much more common in the US or some other place.
Sep
8
comment Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?
Are you saying Tokyo is the only destination for couriering full stop? Or the only destination from London Heathrow? Or the only destination BA offers for couriers?
Sep
8
comment Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?
I didn't intend this question to about giving the blunt answer "no" and nothing but "no". I'll change the wording slightly to be about replying in the negative.
Sep
8
comment Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?
Well it could be "oh that one a good friend of mine asked me to bring". Or is this something to avoid no matter how good the friend is?
Sep
8
comment Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?
So you're saying friends do this for friends but the courier companies no longer provide a service to find and pay people to carry goods for customers? Also must the couriers now return as well? Can you provide any links or company names?
Sep
8
comment Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?
Well yes that's the assumption but do we have some authoritative sources to draw on or anecdotal evidence of somebody who answered "no"? I'm basically wondering whether it's much different to declaring stuff to customs. In that case we all know it's better to say yes to "Anything to declare" but in this case ...