176 reputation
13
bio website
location
age
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen 2 days ago

I left this blank for a long time. Then I realized I could earn a badge for typing a few keys. How many keys do I need to type?


Aug
14
awarded  Yearling
Aug
10
answered Istanbul layover - visa for Egyptian to leave the airport?
Aug
6
comment How to receive goods ordered on the internet, while in the USA
What are doing when you are travelling for work? visiting clients? visiting a satellite office. It might be easier to receive things at the office.
Aug
1
comment Why do Indian citizens need many visas?
The US will - as a last resort - loan airfare money to a stranded American. If you are the mayor of a foreign city and you see that one of your social burdens (beggars, criminals, etc) is an American citizen, you can call the nearest US consulate and there is a good chance they will relieve you. In contrast, I think you are stuck with the Indian social burden.
Jul
4
comment Hard time proving I am same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago
@vicks1 Being a USAer, I was unaware of how the schengen visa worked. That should have solved the problem. Obviously it did not. I am afraid there is no good solution for you. Good luck in your travels.
Jul
4
comment Hard time proving I am same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago
I am posting this as a comment, because it is pure speculation. If OP got a visa for the specified travel (1) could he get the visa in time; (2) would it make border crossing easier because in theory the embassy pre-vetted the passport
Jul
4
comment Hard time proving I am same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago
There is no guarantee that his new skinny appearance will match his old skinny appearance.
Jul
2
comment What is the difference between “Country of Issue” and “Country of Citizenship” of a passport?
I really do not know anything about French citizenship and/or passports. But I would imagine that it would be similar to US citizenship and/or passports. There are non-US citizens who legally hold US passports. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_passport Why would France be different?
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
awarded  Teacher