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comment What's the difference between the Airbnb and Couchsurfing experience for a host?
To me, this seems rather obvious, but this answer covers the difference quite well.
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comment What causes some cities to have little in the way of tourism attractions?
As @GayotFow hints at, what constitutes a 'tourist attraction' is relative. On top of that, particularly western cities have a lot of 'tourist attractions' because they went through a period of extreme wealth, allowing for the creation of a range of memorable structures. If a city only recently grew, or grew as sprawl over a longer period of time, little of general interest will have been constructed along the way. Compare Rome to Lagos.
Feb
5
comment Landing in hidden city, coming back from “official” city: is it possible?
@CMaster That's an answer.
Feb
4
comment Iran changes to foreign bank cards/online hotel reservations after sanctions lifted?
Interesting in that airbnb is illegal in many conservative countries. I just checked UAE, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Indonesia and found hosts in all of them. In which countries is airbnb illegal according to local law?
Feb
4
comment Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?
@reirab Yeah, I figured. Yet, still, would that ticket be based on the regular fare of the ticket, or on a discounted fare that you would otherwise be able to get? Either way, an actual example as in the first comment in this thread would be helpful.
Feb
4
comment Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?
This comment thread shows exactly the uncertainty displayed by @JonathanReez in the original question. Sure, there are scenarios where collected air miles could get a non-business traveler a ticket, but if we presume this traveler in principle will get the cheapest ticket between two places, does that still hold?
Feb
4
comment Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?
I'm also skeptical. Specifically because the miles that need to be spend are typically related to the regular price of the ticket you want to buy, while I don't think there are situations where taxes are included in the part of the ticket you can get by using airmiles. In addition, it requires you to always fly with the same airline, or at least with the same alliance, which might not be relevant at all, if you're trying to get the cheapest ticket on every flight. So, as a recreational traveler, you'd need to fly a lot to make this worth your while.
Jan
30
comment Clerical Error (or rounding differences) In a UK Visa Application
To be clear, you stated you had 2000.36 pounds, in stead of 2000 pounds?
Jan
29
comment How to avoid the contact with the mosquito that carries Zika Virus in Tropical countries
Indeed. Wikipedia puts the number of murders in the Americas at some 160000 per year and the BBC puts the number of predicted Zika infections in the Americas as up to four million. That's an order of magnitude in difference. Yet, the WHO states the number of cases of malaria in the Americas to be at around 800000 per year and dengue at about two million. So, I'll update my statement :)
Jan
28
comment Is pre-revolutionary artwork uncensored in Iranian museums?
@user568458 Yeah, that sums it up quite well. That said, if you're interested, this book is very much worth a gander: amzn.to/1PDiflf
Jan
28
comment Is pre-revolutionary artwork uncensored in Iranian museums?
@user568458 It's hard to give examples of things that are not available. It's not that easy to find pre-revolutionary art in Iranian museums, as a lot ware removed during the early years of the revolution.
Jan
21
comment Layover in New York city
Or for 'Bhutan'.
Jan
21
comment Traveling to Colombia - cash or card?
I don't have specific information for Colombia on this, but banks (and exchange booths) tend to mess you over by charging a fee for the transaction, less so with the exchange rate. So, yeah, ATMs are generally a better bet.
Jan
20
comment Traveling to Colombia - cash or card?
Are you sure about no ATMs in Colombia charging convenience fees? Elsewhere in South America (as well as some other countries) this most certainly is the case for some ATMs. In Brazil, for example, these are typically the ATMs called 'Banco 24 horas', which offer banking services for some 40 banks.
Jan
20
comment Why do ferry checkins close so early?
I speculate, but I think this is a leftover from a long bygone era. And, because the number of foot passengers is so small, there's no real pressure to change this much. That said, I seem to recall that the ferries between the UK and Ireland are much more lenient with their checkin/boarding times.
Jan
19
comment Low cost airlines search engine?
Interesting. But, I tried a few searches and the returned prices were quite inaccurate.
Jan
19
comment Bogotá–Medellín by bus
I did the trip by bus. It was more than fine. No hassles, if long.
Jan
19
comment Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?
As I mentioned, it depends on your definition of 'building'. Cristo Redentor in Rio, for one, is also a chapel. Machu Picchu is a village, sure, but pretty much each individual house in this village is in every photo.
Jan
18
comment Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?
Considering that the first few hundred that I see for 'dunedin' all lack the train station, probably not that many.
Jan
18
comment Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?
Of course. But I don't think there's a strong reason to assume that Flickr's numbers are incorrect in relative terms. Additionally, no one is able to count photos that are not, in some way, online, meaning these cannot be used for any claim, either way.