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Apr
8
comment Official end time of a stay in China (for visa purposes)
Look at travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/extension.htm. It will probably be cheaper, easier, and less stressful to extend your visa than worry about overstaying at the airport.
Apr
8
comment Official end time of a stay in China (for visa purposes)
I don't think so, but you really should pay attention to travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/china.html - especially If you intentionally or inadvertently violate the terms of your Chinese visa, including staying after your visa has expired, you may be charged a RMB 500 fine per day up to a maximum of RMB 10,000, experience departure delays, and face possible detention. I believe if you only overstay a few days you will be charged 500RMB/day, but if you overstay more than a few days, you will go to jail. You should take this seriously.
Apr
8
comment Official end time of a stay in China (for visa purposes)
I would guess that you would be OK. The per day fine for visa overstay is 500RMB. I would definitely suggest you be prepared to pay the fine. In China you will find that everything takes longer than it should and rarely according to your schedule. So I would recommend you book a different return flight.
Mar
6
comment Is there a practical point in learning foreign words while travelling?
How are you going to make a police report about your stolen mobile phone?
Jan
12
comment Could leaving a TSA notice of baggage inspection visible in my suitcase upon opening help it avoid inspection?
Arguably, it would make theft more likely. If you really fooled a dishonest TSA inspector, then he would think that responsibility for missing contents might be shifted to the first inspector.
Dec
11
comment Do hostels provide toiletries?
@Annoyed it is a reasonable question. Every traveler is unique. Some will bring their own, others will buy locally, others will do without, and others will check into hostels that provide these amenities. The strict answer to the question do you need these items is no.
Oct
11
comment Can growing a beard cause problems in crossing borders?
I have had to produce a second ID because my passport photo "did not look like me." I was clean shaven in the photo and clean shaven at the border. Admittedly, the passport photo was 9 years old - but the point remains that you cross the border at the discretion of the border guard, so none of us can say definitely that this will not be a problem.
Sep
12
comment What happens when an ATM in a country you're travelling through eats your card?
Another reason: I counted the cash before pocketing the card. The machine ate the card b/c it thought I had forgotten it. It really was for my protection and the bank returned it when I asked the bank - which is why your suggestion "Try to use ATMs in actual banks during the opening hours" is so useful.
Sep
10
comment How can I avoid or minimise haggling without causing offence?
I would not worry about it too much. Your very existence offends someone. If you haggle too much, merchants will be offended. If you don't haggle enough, you contribute to inflation, offending customers.
Sep
9
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?
Once, my flight was full and the airline wanted to drive me to another airport to get on another flight to my destination city. I agreed to this after I checked my bags. The driver took my bags out of checked baggage in airport A and put them in the trunk. At airport B, I rechecked them in. At 2nd checkin, I was asked (1) if anyone handled my bags since I packed them (2) if my baggage had been out of my control since packing.
Sep
3
comment How can I purchase Greyhound tickets online if I'm a non-American?
@joergl I don't think they've done that in the past, but who knows about the present and future? If you want hassle free travel, I would recommend against Greyhound.
Sep
3
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Sep
3
comment How can I purchase Greyhound tickets online if I'm a non-American?
@Doc I think you are right. I still doubt Greyhound spends any time or money calling the number so a fake number is OK.
Sep
3
answered How can I purchase Greyhound tickets online if I'm a non-American?
Aug
16
comment What kind of ID does the US accept when visiting bars or drinking age events?
I am almost never asked to show ID. I guess I am no longer youthful and beautiful.
Jun
26
comment What's more dangerous: sleeping in the car or drowsy driving when on a road-trip?
@MarkMayo, if you are travelling trans Siberia or trans Alaska, you will need to stop and sleep occasionally. You should be prepared for the cold. Drowsy driving is simply not acceptable.
Jun
26
comment If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?
@gerrit The laws of most countries state that people refused entry at the airport must be returned by the airline that brought them there. In addition, border authorities will stick them with a fine. Most airlines will try to avoid carrying passengers that will be refused at the border.
Jun
26
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Jun
25
comment If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?
Mr. Snowden would be welcomed into the US and provided free room and board, with or without his passport.
Jun
25
comment If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?
I am pretty certain, the US government would provide Mr. Snowden transportation at taxpayer expense from almost anywhere in the world to the US. Travel documents would not be a problem.