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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 nine or ten months.


Jan
23
comment Mexico to Tierra de Fuego, bus or own car?
It was all private yachts that you had to sign onto a waiting list for when I was in Panama about six years ago.
Jan
21
comment Can you receive an Australian passport stamp if you ask?
Every time you fill your passport you have to pay a hefty fee for a new one. So this sounds like a good thing.
Jan
17
comment Why is public transport from/to the airport so expensive?
Here's an article from the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of months ago about the high airport train prices: No ticket respite in windfall from airport train fares
Jan
17
comment List of carpooling services outside Europe and the US?
The title of this question makes it sound like it's about services like Germany's well known Mitfahrzentrale / Mitfahrgelegenheit - but the body of the question and the only answer are all about hitchhiking. \-:
Jan
17
comment Why is public transport from/to the airport so expensive?
In Sydney the shuttlebus operators are now being slugged a fee by the airport, possibly due to pressure from taxi operators if I recall my conversation with a shuttlebus driver. This happened 2 years ago. It's also the reason the shuttle is more expensive from airport to city, $20, than the reverse, $15. (I only have experience with the shuttle that services Bondi, most shuttles service the CBD and Kings Cross - I don't know their fares.)
Jan
17
comment Why is public transport from/to the airport so expensive?
Vancouver airport used to be serviced by the regular city bus lines - but I actually can't remember whether it still was on my last trip.
Jan
17
comment Why is public transport from/to the airport so expensive?
• I work in a hostel in Bondi Beach, Sydney and regularly ask people how much they paid for their taxi from the airport. As of 2012/2013 the typical price is a huge $55, and Bondi is on the same side of the city as the airport. • Both international and domestic terminals are serviced by regular city bus 400 which can take you to Bondi Junction for a measly $4.60, but it takes over an hour and requires changing to other trains or buses if you're going anywhere else. So only people on tight budgets with plenty of time seem interested.
Jan
15
comment Are there still parts of Burma that are off-limits to tourists?
Exceptionally thorough! Thanks Mark.
Jan
15
comment Is it possible to go from South Korea to Hong Kong by sea?
@gerrit: No Japan/Taiwan ferry anymore, but Star Cruises operates the Keelung-Ishigaki-Keelung route almost weekly in summer
Jan
15
comment An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders
@choster: There's no reason not to indicate situations like that too. Borders should be clickable for extra information or links to various sources.
Jan
15
comment An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders
@RoflcoptrException: Yes I think crowdsourced like a wiki would be the obvious way, which wouldn't make it good as a business idea because the data should be owned by the contributors. If I had a bunch of money and a well-connected server I would just start coding (-:
Jan
11
comment Is there a list of online public transportation planners?
@MarkMayo: How about we give this one a Europe title and have different CW answers for different chunks of the world. I just started an Australia one with the trip planner for Sydney...
Jan
11
comment What was this ruined building in Tbilisi that is Greek property?
Really? So what happened to it? And did it happen before or after it was granted to the Greek ambassador?
Jan
9
comment Is there a museum anywhere at least partly about Rubik's Cube or Ernő Rubik?
Wow! Thanks for dropping by to answer. (-:
Jan
9
comment Boeing 787 Dreamliner Routes to Oceania?
(wear asbestos and take a fire extinguisher)
Jan
7
comment How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?
Yes I love ferries, in fact I may be our local expert on Japan-Korea ferries already (-: So being able to join them up all the way from Korea to Taiwan would be a great trip for me!
Jan
7
comment How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?
$550 return? That is very doable! Especially if there's a one-way option for about half that price. Great work @jpatokal!
Jan
7
comment How, specifically, can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?
Yes I've known about the defunct ferry company for years - victim of the 2008 GFC. It's mentioned in the parent question and one of the answers there seemed to debunk the cruise option I thought ...
Jan
6
comment Can you receive an Australian passport stamp if you ask?
Actually I spoke too soon! I assumed I was getting more and more stamps but now that I've dug out my current passport and gone through each page - I didn't spot a single Australia entry or exit stamp! I'm so surprised by this that I am using exclamation marks excessively!
Jan
6
comment Is it possible to get from the Philippines to Taiwan to Japan (or the reverse) without flying?
How specifically can I travel between Taiwan and Okinawa by sea?