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Apr
29
comment Is it safe to visit Nepal now since the trip is non refundable?
In that case, call the tour operator. They're the ones responsible. I'd not be surprised at all if they offer a refund for people not wishing to travel now. Wouldn't cover the flights of course, but the hotels and excursions possibly.
Apr
29
comment Around the world trip, is there a way to simplify the visa gathering?
You forgot to mention one more gotcha: Some countries automatically refuse entry if you have a visa or entry stamp for certain other countries. Think for example most Arab countries refusing entry to anyone who's traveled to Israel. You might need a second passport just for those countries, which Belgium may or may not grant.
Apr
24
comment Food in hand luggage
jam, marmelade, etc. while considered gels or liquids when in their packaging should not be a problem if you use them to make a sandwich you then pack in your lunch box and take with you that way. Same way that a jar of apple chutney isn't allowed, but slice of apple pie is. Or a jar of mayonaise is illegal but a bowl of salad with a blob of mayonaise in it is. The main problem with food is always getting it through security at arrival, not departure, as many countries have very strict rules against importing food from almost anywhere.
Apr
24
answered Thalys surcharge with “Any Dutch Station” ticket
Apr
24
comment Do you have a GPS signal on board of a plane?
@vartec true, but they may well have higher speed processors and different sampling rates, enabling them to better handle those speeds. I could imagine a GPS system for hikers to get a bit confused when having to handle Mach range speeds, it may not even be able to display them.
Apr
24
answered Using squat toilets with arthritic knees
Apr
24
comment US citizen from parents, no proof of citizenship. Can I reenter the US from Mexico?
sounds logical. Effectively it'd be the same situation as someone who's had their passport lost, stolen, or destroyed and needs help.
Apr
24
comment US citizen from parents, no proof of citizenship. Can I reenter the US from Mexico?
millions of people every year travel from Mexico to the US without papers... Just say "non hablo"...
Apr
24
comment Food Allergies in Europe
don't expect people to not eat a peanut butter sandwich because there might be someone in the building with a nut allergy. But most packaged foods are labeled (sometimes overly cautiously so, like a brand might label ALL its products as "may contain traces of nuts" because they've one product in one line in one factory that contains nuts) and most (certainly higher class) restaurants will go out of their way to cater to you if you ask. My sister has a severe milk allergy, and no problems avoiding products containing even trace amounts.
Apr
24
comment Food Allergies in Europe
and in smaller shops, just asking can get you a long way.
Apr
22
comment Do I need to bring Turkish Lira (cash) for a layover at Istanbul Atatürk airport?
@JohnZwinck Depends. I've seen airports listing prices in local currency, US dollars, Euros, and British Pounds, all on the same sign. All depends on where the majority of their transit traffic comes from. E.g. a few shops at Moscow Sheremetschevo listed prices in Chinese Yuan, that terminal gets a lot of transit passengers from China. Same with some shops in Tashkent listing prices in Yuan and Rubles (they get a lot of people coming and going from China and Russia).
Apr
22
comment Is it still allowed to travel to the US without booking hotels in advance?
Done that a lot in the past when on a road trip (and not just in the US). Put in the address of the hotel or whatever we stay the first night. Nobody ever asked questions, not even in highly paranoid countries (which the US are rapidly becoming of course).
Apr
22
comment Place to leave my luggage in Barcelona for one night and get it back early in the morning
alternative would be (if you've a lot only, or it's more expensive) to rent the cheapest hotel room you can find and stash it there.
Apr
17
comment OV-chipkaart or GVB day pass for within Amsterdam travel?
the 20 Euro minimum credit on the card seems to have been reduced. Last week I could travel with 18 Euro on the card, but not back home with 11 (was a 7 Euro trip :) ).
Apr
17
comment Crossing the Black Sea (Ukraine to Georgia) by boat - risk of being boarded in a private vessel?
and why would the US Navy harass private vessels in international waters anyway, unless there's a prior suspicion that they're carrying fugitives from US justice (in which case the FBI sometimes asks their help in making an arrest)? The Red Navy yes, but they're more likely to do it in Ukrainian territorial waters (which they consider to be Russian territorial waters).
Apr
17
comment Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date?
indeed. Had that at Heathrow when our flight out was canceled after all the immigration staff had gone home because no more incoming flights were coming. They had to recall staff who'd already gone home to process us as we were herded out of the terminal to a hotel.
Apr
17
answered Transiting via Moscow & Havana
Apr
17
comment What is the best way to get Mexican Pesos from Canadian Dollars?
@NateEldredge true, but the spread between different exchange methods will remain pretty much the same. A bank isn't going to charget 10% tomorrow if they charge 5% today just because the exchange rate changes. Of course many banks don't charge just a percentage, they charge a fixed fee PLUS a percentage.
Apr
17
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Apr
12
comment Meaning of the “Have you ever been refused entry or deported from any country, including Singapore?” question
@jpatokal yes. Wasn't questioning the practice, only the wording.