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Nov
14
comment Key vs. combo lock security for international travel
Breaking a small lock takes far less time than trying out 500 number combinations (average for a 3-digit lock). Slicing open the bag takes even less time. Thieves don't have to play nice, and a lock is (a) a minor obstacle/deterrent and (b) a sign that something worth stealing could be inside, so you need to balance the two.
Nov
14
comment How to find a sauna/bathhouse in Korea that allows customers with tattoos?
The tattoo rule is mostly to exclude members of organized crime (e.g. Yakuza in Japan). If you're not Asian and a tourist, I doubt a tattoo would be a problem, since you're obviously not a Korean/Japanese gang member (as long as they accept tourists which is a different question). Asians can be quite pragmatic about rules (e.g. in Japan you can often get into Japanese-only places if you're with a Japanese friend).
Nov
3
comment Is it possible to travel and live in Berlin for three months with 1500 EUR?
Quite optimistic. Germany on 8 euro/day (after accommodation) is perhaps survivable (as in, you could get enough calories not to starve if you're careful enough with food) but nowhere close to livable.
Nov
3
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Oct
18
revised How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?
added 17 characters in body
Oct
17
comment Are there any inhabited condominiums (joint sovereignties) apart from Brčko District?
Is Brčko truly a condominium? Federation of BH and Republika Srpska are not sovereign nations, but federal units of Bosnia. In theory, Brčko is part of both, but in practice it has it's own assembly and local government, so it's more akin to Washington DC or Ciudad Mexico: an independent city exempt from jurisdiction of federal units.
Oct
11
comment Using U.S. ATM cards in Malaysia
The rumor I heard is that Malaysian banks were blocking U.S. ATM withdrawals (U.S. banks were not the ones doing the blocking).
Oct
10
awarded  Student
Oct
10
asked Using U.S. ATM cards in Malaysia
Oct
7
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec Listing pre-tax prices is inconvenient and annoying, but not a ripoff. It's a prevalent practice, and in a competitive market, one business cannot afford to list prices 5-15% higher than competitors. If you care, you can ask the staff for tax rates that apply.
Oct
7
answered Clarification on early-disembarkation on with a Schengen visa in alternate country
Oct
7
comment What is the actual price of hiring a porter for Everest base camp?
Is there a way to bypass the agency and bargain with porters directly?
Sep
20
comment Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US
Correct. My laptop has been checked on return from Thailand, and they patiently went through most of my boring travel snaps.
Sep
20
comment Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US
@Andrey It's better not to have files identifiable as encrypted archives. TrueCrypt files cannot be identified by contents, so change the extension to someting else (e.g. .dat or .tmp).
Sep
20
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
Add Kosovo and Taiwan to that list.
Sep
17
revised What's the cheapest transport to get from Ataturk International aiport to the Taksim Square area of Istanbul?
Changed based on commend suggestions
Sep
13
awarded  Civic Duty
Sep
13
comment What's the difference between embassies and consulates?
A honorary consul could be the citizen of the country it represents, but he's not the professional member of the foreign service or government employee (often doing the consular work part-time). Often, honorary consuls have limited authority (e.g. they can't issue certain types of visas).
Aug
26
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Aug
26
awarded  Nice Answer