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Jun
23
comment ATMs in China - are they widespread?
VISA: I've always been able to get money from Chinese ATMs using VISA. I've done this in urban areas in numerous cities in China. | EFTPOS: Not well recalled now, but I had a few problems with EFTPOS at the start (2007) and as VISA was essentially trouble free when it did work, I've since used that. As Guido said - some do, some don't but there are usually enough machines around that it's not a problem. They very often group machines from several banks in one location so you have a reasonable chance of finding one that 's OK. | For interest, what areas in China are you intending to travel in.
Jun
21
comment Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?
@User PLEASE may we know the dangerous destination.Inquiring minds really want to know. And, I may want to go there, or not. I'd be happy enough with a stab proof light unencumbering stab resistance "shirt". Shooting I accept as unlikely and too hard to avoid. Being stabbed by some idiot, drunk, thief or random other is sometimes of high enough possibility that being able to protect vital body organs long enough to get my running gear in motion may be useful some day. But, hopefully not :-)
Jun
21
comment Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?
@BenVoigt I'd lik t o know what United 934 really did show. I don't know if enough information has as yet been made public. If it is a fac, as I haave read, and itr may or may not be, that they were being 'followed' by (memory says 2) US fighters at the time and the knowledge of what had just happened elsewhere makes reason for flight teemination moot without full disclosure. Alas.
Jun
21
comment If a carry-on luggage is placed in the baggage hold, is the passenger entitled to some compensation?
Do you then agree that the flight personnel need to be trained to handle security & safety issues re what can and cannot be safely or properly transferred to the cargo hold?
Jun
21
comment If a carry-on luggage is placed in the baggage hold, is the passenger entitled to some compensation?
What airline and what country? Hypothetical question or one based on experience? I have flown a significant amount and never seen that happen. AND it would mean the bag had to be checked to ensure it contained no materials that were no allowed in checked luggage. (eg most batteries and all Lithium batteries). And there are security issues. None of which a flight attendant would be expected to be qualified to be responsible for. I've heard of airlines where you can cram almost anything into carryon as long as the roosters don't crow, but usually size and weight of carryon is well controlled.
Jun
20
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Jun
17
comment Low cost airfare for each country
It's all very well booking with Ryanair - BUT THEN you'd have to fly with them !!!! (Or try to)
Jun
17
comment Low cost airfare for each country
www.hipmunk.com sometimes excellent.www.adioso,com quirky but can be good. Expedia CLAIM to beat anyone.
Jun
16
comment Why is SCL-AKL slower than SYD-SCL?
Answers given here and in the other question tend to hide the true answer in interesting essentially irrelevant complexities. The answer is essentially "Differences in wind speed and direction at cruise altitude on each route." Some of this is caused by earth's rotation affects but that is secondary to the main observed effect.
Jun
15
answered Tips for taking a dog on a long distances (multiple day) car trip?
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
I would never consider physically assaulting anyone (quite apart from getting older and feebler by the year) but in Beijing I saw a young man with a shirt message that took me through fight, to educate loudly, to should I tell him modes in a few seconds, and then he had vanished. I don't remember the specific message, but afair it related to sex and various close female relatives - certainly an utterly unacceptable message. I'm sure that even in the US his '1st amendment rights' would not have protected him.
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
In Malacca one young woman's shirt loudly proclaimed "Sexy is a Trick". I probably have no more idea of what that is intended to mean than the maker or the wearer.
Jun
15
comment Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage?
.... packed with all imaginable electronic test gear, components and the like. They let me in with all my gear - but it took an hour or so in a private room with a ?6? man inspection team :-). Arrive early :-).
Jun
15
comment Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage?
I'd carry them in carry-on, with boxes, maybe cut down to just show images or with packing removed, if size mattered and maybe with some brochures with images of them. If it can be made to not look apparent that this is done for purposes of convincing them, so much the better. You could even try some traceable queries to suitable agencies in advance that make it clear that it is a harmless commercial electronic product and asking how to ensure there are no mistakes - and then taking the paperwork with you. | I once entered an Olympic city in china during the Olympics with a very large bag ....
Jun
15
comment Time required to visit the Prambanan temple in Indonesia
What jpatokal said - this is just a semi related comment. THE biggest thing 'wrong' with Prambanan is Borobudur. By itself Prambanan would be awesome and impressive. As he said, the site is not large but depending on your degree of interest you could spend 30 minutes to a day, or a lifetime, there. BUT Borobudur is so utterly utterly astoundingly awesome that poor Prambanan does not have a fair chance of competing. I saw it second and it was still very good indeed. But if you had to see one only it would not be the choice.
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
... and one can imagine worst case that anyone who had no clue what an ultra offensive message meant may equally well misinterpret what one meant and perhaps think that you were trying to convey to them the message that they were conveying to the world. [[In NZ free speech is 'free enough' but not quite up to US 1st amendment ultra largess - the sort of shirts I'm thinking of would probably get you arrested - or just punched out" in NZ. Not usually beheaded, though.
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
@DavidRicherby In places East (as you no doubt know) one often enough sees shirts with captions that are funny or inscrutable or rude, but probably not intentionally so. In many cases it's likely that the person who made them had no more idea of what they did or didn't mean than the person who weares them. | And/But: I have occasionally seen shirts that were so grossly offensive of message that I've been tempted to accost the wearer and ask them if they know what their displayed message means. One way or the other I've not managed this in very major cases - ....
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
@SpehroPefhany. Yes. That query needed to be asked in Jewish mother* std joke voice with a sort of shoulder shrug. A sort of incredulous tone with pitch dropping in middle and rising at end. (* not my stereotype and I have no idea if Jewish mothers really ever sound like that.) I can't think of an example - Robin Williams did them well.
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
You sell insurance ...?
Jun
15
comment How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?
Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times - its probably me :-)