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Though I've always lived in Finland, I have travelled a fair bit in Europe (about 28 countries*) and a little elsewhere too (namely in Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, and USA).

*If you count Georgia and the European part of Turkey as Europe :-)

Most of the time, I'm into a style of travel that involves backpacking / making few plans in advance / staying in hostels or couchsurfing.

<jonik at iki dot code for finland>

Btw, Helsinki is cool and you should visit it.


Aug
5
comment Caribbean cruise for the backpacker?
Cool! But that's only about accommodation. Can you add some info/experiences about cruises or backpacker-friendly options for getting from one island to another?
Jul
29
comment Truth about Georgian tap water (aka. can you trust canidrinkthewater.org?)
Looks like canidrinkthewater.org is gone, so that part of the question is no longer relevant.
Jun
19
comment How to get from Nice to Monaco by public transport?
@AdityaSomani: The starting point in Nice had changed, which is now updated in the answer. Other than that, it should be valid. Obviously prices and other details may change whenever.
Apr
2
comment Public transport connections to San Francisco after Caltrain stops running
("I am not convinced it is really related to travel": Well, this was an actual travel question I just had, trying to find out if I can get back to SF around/past midnight if I go to a salsa event in Mountain View.)
Apr
2
comment Public transport connections to San Francisco after Caltrain stops running
SamTrans seems the best option, but overall I guess we can say the public connections are rather poor (sparse and very slow). And indeed the abundance of transit authorities makes it more confusing.
Jan
1
comment If I visit Los Angeles, am I better off renting a car or not?
Related reading: "Los Angeles, in case you haven't heard, is doing everything in its power to shed its reputation as a car-first (or, in some minds, car-only) city." theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/12/…
Nov
9
comment Do I need an ESTA for changing airplanes in Puerto Rico?
Not exactly a duplicate imho. In most places in the world you don't need anything for just changing planes (never leaving airport transit area). PR may be different as it's US territory. Good question.
Oct
19
comment How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?
I didn't find it too difficult at all to navigate the tube with a backpack and a carry-on size suitcase. Both company office and hotel being located next to Paddington station is one reason to go there. :)
Oct
19
comment How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?
Sorry for delay. One correction: it is possible to buy one ticket for both the train & tube, according to personnel at Gatwick airport train station. (At that point I'd already purchased train-only ticket from a vending machine, so I didn't try it myself.) Other than that, accepted.
Oct
19
comment Truth about Georgian tap water (aka. can you trust canidrinkthewater.org?)
Hmm, I wonder why my experience in Tbilisi was so different: people at the hostel were drinking tap water and I didn't hear of any problems due to that. I suspect there's a lot of regional variation in Georgian water quality.
Aug
19
comment Do airlines recycle uneaten, unopened, pre-packaged food?
This is something I've also wondered on several occasions. (I'm a bit pessimistic though as it's easiest to throw everything collected from passengers to the garbage bin.)
Jul
27
comment European countries “shut down” in August?
@MichaelBorgwardt: One big difference though: Finland shuts down (to some extent) in July. In August things begin to normalise.
Jun
2
comment How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?
Price is not a concern right now (my employer pays), but if there's a good public transport option available, I prefer that for other reasons. :)
Jun
2
comment How to get from Gatwick airport to Paddington?
Thanks! Do you know if I can buy one ticket from the airport that's valid for the tube trip too?
Mar
10
comment What's the best way to travel around Greece? Train or Bus?
No experience on trains, but at least buses are a good option: when travelling around northwestern Greece I found connections to be frequent, the buses quite comfortable, and prices reasonable. (Btw, I think it's better to post a separate question about Greece - Istanbul.)
Mar
5
comment Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Just my 2¢: Yes, Costa Rica has more tourists than Panama. But it is easy to travel independently and avoid too "packaged" stuff in CR too, if you wish. (Parts of Panama (namely Bocas del Toro) actually felt less "authentic" than most places I visited in Costa Rica.)
Mar
3
comment Traveling developer in South/Central America
Regarding hostels, you can browse reviews on e.g. Hostelworld—if the wifi is really crappy, often someone has mentioned it. Other than that, don't pay for more than one night in advance if you don't know what the facilities are like :) If the wifi turns out dysfunctional, it's usually easy to change to another hostel.
Mar
3
comment Are there places where it isn't legal to take a taxi that isn't in the front of a line?
Yeah. While not illegal, in Finland the (not-first-in-line) taxi driver would likely refuse, and direct you back to the front of the line. (Here pricing is exactly the same in all taxis, and pretty much all the cars are quite new, so normally it does not matter at all which taxi you take.)
Feb
28
comment Is it possible to get the Cuban tourist card (visa) on arrival?
This was on a flight from Canada to Cuba, right?
Feb
27
comment Can you send a postcard somewhere at Mexico City airport (MEX)?
Cost of sending a card to Europe was 14 pesos. Pro tip: you can find somewhat cheaper postcards (10-14 pesos) at a small bookstore, not far at all, to the right of the post office.