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Nov
21
comment Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?
@Annoyed: The rules for state agencies are stricter than for private entities. The EU formally has a single internal market, and countries are not allowed to discriminate based on place of residence.
Nov
20
comment Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?
Could you provide a source for that last claim? The EU has very few rules that would allow a state agency such as a financial regulator to discriminate against EU citizens, especially since financial services are explicitly liberalized.
Oct
4
comment What is the difference between customs and immigration?
Most non-airport borders work that way.
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?
@hippietrail: that sounds like it will result in more questioning, possibly to the point where you miss the plane. (E.g. if they try to contact that friend to corroborate that story). Remember, the security staff doesn't care if you miss your plane, but they do care if they miss something fishy. Better safe than sorry from their side.
Sep
3
comment Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?
IIRC, one of the things is that you must be able to evacuate to one side if the other is on fire. Having the windows open helps in figuring out which side is on fire.
Jun
25
comment If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?
@Karlson: As the Nuremberg trials established, human rights are self evident. And that was before they were explicitly codified. That's also why it's not a treaty, and why the US never ratified the declaration: ratification would imply that non-signatories would not be bound by them. US judges are thus bound by them regardless of the text of the US constitution.
Jun
25
comment If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?
The last sentence doesn't make sense. That's an inalienable right (article 13.2 UDHR, 1948). E.g. the US cannot revoke Snowden's right to return.
Apr
5
comment What is the cheapest and most direct route from the UK to Malawi?
There do not seem to be any regular flights to Lilongwe anymore.
Mar
26
comment Do I need to have an electrical converter for small devices when traveling from the US to São Paulo?
I've made adapters myself by replacing the connector on a power strip.
Mar
18
comment What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?
Hold my passport? My passport is not my property, it's government property. I'm allowed to hand it over for inspection, they can make a copy, and that's it. If their laws absolutely insist I must hand it over, then it's simply no deal.
Feb
26
comment How fast may you drive on the Autobahn?
@DanNeely: Keep in mind that Germany is closer to the artic circle than the US. In the summer, dusk can be as late as 22:00. Driving 200 kmph+ in the winter night? Bad idea; an icy patch at those speeds can be lethal.
Jan
23
comment Living costs for a week in Val Thorens skiing?
I've been to Val Tho, and it indeed sounds right. Keep in mind that you might need to shop around a bit to find cheaper restaurants.
Jan
10
comment How to get from Maastricht to Eindhoven airport 5:30 am?
There's a hotel fairly close to the airport though, next to the highway (10 minute walk; 5 minute from bus stop "Flight Forum").
Oct
2
comment For fear of flying is drinking alcohol a healthier option than pills?
@Vass: That is NOT healthy. I was thinking 0.5 liters of beer at most. That's similar to what our ancestors would consume when eating overripe fruits, and what adult livers can handle.
Oct
1
comment For fear of flying is drinking alcohol a healthier option than pills?
Alcohol is a naturally occurring substance and does not damage your liver in reasonable amounts. Since fear of flying comes in many degrees, it's not trivial to judge how much alcohol would be necessary to overcome it and whether that's dangerous. Alcohol dis-inhibits already in low amounts.
Sep
24
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
If the criterium is "not fully* recognized" then you can even add Communist China to the list. International politics is messy.
Jun
15
comment Am I expected to tip wait staff in Europe?
@Matt: It's not handles separately; it's part of the margins and ends up in your wages. The historical reason is that direct tips escape taxing, and governments disliked that.
Jun
14
comment Am I expected to tip wait staff in Europe?
@Matt: In all those countries, there is no explicit "service charge" included since it's included in each and every item on the menu. That's why water is so often not free, unlike the US: there's still service.
Mar
5
comment What is the cheapest way to get from Eindhoven to Amsterdam?
AirExpressBus? I've never seen one of their buses (and they'd have to pass my office to get to Amsterdam). It seems they only run 4 buses a day instead of 4 per hour. And I don't believe a word of that claimed 1:30 travel time either. The A2 has been improved near Amsterdam, but the southern part is still a work in progress.
Feb
9
comment Why do I feel pressure in the ears in a plane?
@ratchetfreak: Helios Airways Flight 522, perhaps? But there have been multiple crashes for the same reason.