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Jul
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comment US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
The bank fees your bank charges are independent of ones charged by the destination ATM. While it's good to know the destination ATM charges (if you stay in one place for a while and do have a choice), your home bank is the first and most important point for avoiding fees.
Jul
23
comment Which airlines provide free stopovers?
Turkish Airlines, on the return leg in Istanbul. A worthwhile stop, the city is great. Technically not in Asia, but they have extensive Europe-to-Asia routes.
Jul
20
revised US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
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Jul
20
comment US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
Are there requirements to have a brokerage account at Schwab with a certain amount of activity, or do they offer some variant of free checking? Btw, I'd put that one on top of the answer, for clarity.
Jul
20
comment US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
Add Chase to the list of really poor choices. 3% exchange rate fee (5% for credit card purchases) + $5 international ATM withdrawal fee + 1% additional "just because we can" fee.
Jul
20
comment US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
@holden Good warning -- I think most major US banks offer poor terms for international ATM withdrawals. Note that Bank of Internet USA is not related Bank of America (BofA), despite the name similarity.
Jul
19
answered US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel
Jul
13
revised Is there any trick to checking in more weight on planes?
"from your carry on" clearer than "in"
Jul
13
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Jul
13
comment What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?
It varies significantly between airports. Also, if you don't check in any luggage, you can skip claim and re-check (and shorten the customs check), so it saves up to an hour.
Jul
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revised How can I travel between US towns without flying
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Jul
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revised How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?
by land is 15, not 14 days
Jul
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answered How can I travel between US towns without flying
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Jul
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comment How short notice can you fly to USA?
@Andra It's not a lie to say you intend to stay at X (without having a reservation). Hotels get plenty of walk-in business.
Jul
6
answered Where to go in Thailand in September?
Jul
3
comment How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?
@Jen -- no, 60-day tourist visas are available to everyone, especially if you apply outside of SE Asia. Within SE Asia, some Thai consulates issue them easily, others are more reluctant, depending on your nationality... but with the U.S. passport it shouldn't be a problem. Very few countries have visa reciprocity with Thailand.
Jul
3
comment Visit the UK with Schengen tourist short-stay visa
Note that 24h TWOV transit option is not available to all nationalities. Nationals of few select countries even require a UK visa for the short walk through the airport without leaving the airside (international) zone or going through immigration, the Direct Airside Transit Visa.
Jul
3
comment How can I do a “broad” search for flights?
ITA Matrix is the most flexible search I found: • Search nearby airports within a given radius & pick specific ones. • View prices for all departures within a 1-month period in a calendar format. • Flexible duration of the trip (within 7 days). • Advanced routing (e.g. connect through or avoid a specific airport). Useful since some airlines allow a free long (say, 1-2 day) stopover on the way back. Matrix user interface is far better than Kayout/Expedia/Orbitz and similar, especially when exploring flexible options (almost like Google Maps vs. Mapquest).