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Mar
24
comment Flying with someone else's children
Written consent is always a good idea when traveling with kids that are not your own, no matter what the means of transport.
Feb
28
comment How to deal with inaccurate luggage weighing scales at an airport
There's a way to do a standardized weight without carrying too much--a water container of known volume.
Feb
13
comment What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?
visahq.com/citizens has all the info but no sorting.
Jan
24
comment Do I need to have money when entering a country as a tourist?
I can easily imagine a customs official denying you entry if you're planning to basically freeload on religious establishments. In practice, though, if you look like you can afford the trip it's unlikely you'll even be asked.
Dec
23
comment How can I find a guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?
Long ago we did the 5-day route, I don't believe it was named at the time. 13 left base, three turned back for various reasons, two made the secondary peak (I don't know the name), the rest were knocked out by altitude sickness.
Dec
12
comment Can you be legally bumped or taken off a flight AFTER boarding?
You were a standby. You can't be sure you'll fly when you're on standby.
Dec
5
comment Could you actually get in trouble if you don't stick to the transport and accommodation stated in your visa application?
Agreed. At least half the time that we have gone to China we have ended up visiting a city that was not on our visa application and that doesn't even count the fact that the application doesn't even ask about subsequent trips on a multi-entry visa. It's never been an issue.
Nov
21
comment Is there an international standard for medical prescriptions, you can carry around and show to any pharmacy?
US pharmacies can only fill scripts from US docs, thus no foreign paper could possibly work. So long as the drug isn't abusable I would fully expect HaLaBi's approach to work so long as you can communicate adequately with the doctor and he can read the script. That doesn't mean the drug will be available everywhere, though!
Oct
8
comment Can I leave O'Hare airport during my layover?
Doing it with 9 hours is very different than doing it with 5.5 hours.
Oct
8
comment Can I leave O'Hare airport during my layover?
Legally, yes. I certainly wouldn't go anywhere other than right near the airport with a 5.5 hour layover, though!
Sep
28
comment Do I need to pick up my luggage and re-check between Shanghai and DFW when connecting through LAX?
I have never done it on AA but when I fly through there on UA the bags are tagged to their final destination but they show up on the baggage carousel anyway so you can take them through customs. After you exit customs there has always been a station nearby to drop the baggage at.
Sep
18
comment Why do you need to take out your laptop from your bag during airport security checks?
@Phil The same thing has happened to me. In the pre 9/11 era I had packed very quickly due to a family emergency--I just grabbed what I needed and threw it in my rollaboard. The chargers ended up in a tangle and that drew a hand inspection. Since then I have always been careful about how things are arranged and the only thing that has drawn a hand inspection was a box of batteries.
Sep
4
comment How do carpool lanes in the US work?
Definitely check the hours on the signs. I have encountered such lanes that switch directions based on the time of day.
Sep
4
comment How do carpool lanes in the US work?
Around here the lanes are marked HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) with hours but no number. The law says 2 but there's no way to know that while just driving down the road.
Aug
15
comment Prescriptions in checked luggage: ok when travelling to Spain?
My impression from Google is that that drug has street value--such a drug should never be checked. Given the reality of airport security I would have it in something that's not too easy to open--locked or zip-tied shut. That would also hide it from your traveling companions.
Aug
1
comment How to avoid losing someone while traveling?
There have been various comments about assigned meeting places--that assumes you can arrange them. I was lost for hours in the airport in Tokyo because someone shoved between me and my parents and knocked me onto an operating baggage carousel in the process--on my back and wearing a heavy backpack. By the time I got off that carousel I had no idea where we had been when we got separated and thus I couldn't return there. I have no good answers for what happened to me.
Jul
20
comment I have a double entry visa but need to enter China three times. What can I do?
@Jaume Of course it was China, why else would I reply? I did nothing special at the time of application (although it went through a visa agent, something that's basically required in the US due to them playing tit-for-tat), when we got to passport control I saw the official mark off the old visa. I'm not aware of any comment about this although he could have said something to my wife that I wouldn't have understood.
Jul
15
comment Traveling to Yosemite: Self-drive roadtrip vs group tour
Anyone carrying that kind of gear isn't going to be happy with the schedule of a tour.
Jul
10
comment What to do if drugs / a bomb are planted in your travel bag?
@Karlson You very well might not after a long flight. Of course the bag feels heavier than when you started out!
Jun
27
comment Tibet Xizang Travel: How to stay safe traveling alone
I thought you had to be part of a tour to go there.