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Sep
9
comment Motorcycle tour of Sweden and Norway
Thanks Joe. We're travelling from Australia so we don't have the luxury of popping over to the Scandinavia whenever we want. This means we need to pack it in a bit. So far I've been quoted SEK 11,900 for the rental, plus SEK 1 per km, for an ST1100 with panniers. We're budgeting on around 4,000 kms for the total trip, so the total rental cost looks around SEK 15,900, or approximately $2,400 in our money, about the same as the cost of the flight to get there in the first place. Then of course fuel, food and accommodation.
Sep
9
comment Motorcycle tour of Sweden and Norway
Thanks for the responses. I was only asking about the cost of renting the motorbikes, which will be the single biggest expense of this trip.
Sep
9
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Sep
9
asked Motorcycle tour of Sweden and Norway
Jul
25
comment Why is it difficult/how to make it easier for Americans to understand Australian accents?
That's fairly ridiculous Kate. Of course Americans have accents and slang. I was answering the OP's question, which was asking why Australians have difficulty being understood by Americans. The question was not about comparative use of slang or accents. I stand fully by my answer.
Jul
23
answered Why is it difficult/how to make it easier for Americans to understand Australian accents?
Jul
15
comment Can I bring a big wooden sword as carry on in a plane?
I think you'll avoid a lot of hassle at the airport if you carry this item as checked luggage. You can consider disassembling it and placing it in your bag, or else wrap it in bubble wrap and a sturdy outer layer and check it as a separate item.
Jul
15
answered New device checking rules for flights to/from USA
Jun
23
answered How to drive a car from Australia to Europe?
Jun
23
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Jun
20
comment Carrying US Kevlar ACH out of the US
Helmets are classified under Category X (PPE) of the United States Munitions List (USML) and you are therefore prohibited by U.S. law from supplying it to a non-U.S. person, even within the U.S. Its export is governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which is regulated by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. You need either an exemption or a license to export it.
Jun
20
comment Carrying US Kevlar ACH out of the US
Good find Sam. I've updated my answer accordingly.
Jun
20
revised Carrying US Kevlar ACH out of the US
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Jun
20
answered Carrying US Kevlar ACH out of the US
Jun
20
answered How can I find an ATM card usable in Cuba, by a US Citizen?
Jun
20
comment Prepaid credit cards for use in Russia
I would strongly advise against using a debit card for O/S travel in Russia. If your card is defrauded, they can clean out your entire account. Better to go with pre-paid since you can control how much you top it up.
Jun
20
comment Prepaid credit cards for use in Russia
Also, I would strongly advise against using a debit card attached to your normal bank account for O/S travel. If your card is defrauded, they can then clean out your account.
Jun
20
comment Prepaid credit cards for use in Russia
I bought mine from Australia Post and they charged me $6 (AUD) to buy the card, which is valid for five years. There was no check of any kind and it's possible to remain anonymous since the card is totally pre-paid, though I chose to register it so I can use the online service. There are currency conversion fees if I use it overseas, and of course they have your money until you choose to spend it which I think is the main attraction for the card issuer.
Jun
19
comment Will my checked luggage freeze in the airplane?
You might like to consider some insulated packaging, such as a small esky. This would give better thermal protection, as well as protecting your goods from vibration and drop shock if that matters to you. It also protects the rest of your items from damage if the foods leaks or bursts.
Jun
19
answered Prepaid credit cards for use in Russia