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Apr
12
comment Places to see in Stockholm in 2 days full
Vasamuseet is also quite popular and definitely worth visiting while strolling around Djurgården.
Apr
9
comment Air travel: Violating checked luggage size by “just a bit”
@arney: "Questions with too many possible answers" is exactly polling.
Mar
27
comment Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) and iBT for Australia?
Questions about immigration or moving for extended periods of time (studies or employment, among others) are off-topic. Our sister site, Expatriates Stack Exchange might be a better place to ask. See also the meta post Is it OK to ask questions about immigration?.
Mar
17
comment Trekking in Georgian Tusheti region? Safety?
Bear riding entirely optional ;)
Feb
24
comment Where can a traveler experience modern, high-tech, luxurious, classy, immaculate human dwellings?
@DanDascalescu: Unfortunately, I can't see how to make it work in this case. I understand you are trying to get ideas for travelling, and that's perfectly fine (I also like to get tips from others about this), but that's not what Travel-SE tries to do. I'm sorry if you had a somewhat disappointing first experience with Travel-SE, but hopefully you'll see the benefits of a more focused approach to an inherently subjective topic such as travelling.
Feb
24
comment Where can a traveler experience modern, high-tech, luxurious, classy, immaculate human dwellings?
@DanDascalescu: People want to talk about all kinds of stuff, but that doesn't mean Travel-SE is the right place to do random topic discussions, and something that amounts to popularity contest. There are other places on the internet to do that, as you've already discovered. "Targeted keyhole solution" tries to cure the symptoms instead of the cause -- and the cause is, the question as it is invites discussions and opinions with no "right" answer -- not something SE sites are trying to do.
Feb
23
comment Where can a traveler experience modern, high-tech, luxurious, classy, immaculate human dwellings?
By all means, go ahead and ask on Quora. Stack Exchange sites make a point in avoiding open-ended and too broad questions such as this, with the result of significant increase in signal-to-noise ratio. You are very much welcome to ask a specific question that can be answered reasonably objectively and does not invite long lists of answers. I'm sure from your experience on SO you are aware certain types of questions are not allowed, and it's a matter of SE policy, nod assumption on the part of mods.
Feb
11
comment Is it safe to travel to Egypt in early 2012?
This question is closed because its answers may no longer represent the current state of affairs; they may have been valid in the past, but they should not be relied on for accuracy in the present.
Feb
7
comment Is it OK to apply for US visa from Cyprus being a Russian citizen?
We already have a similar question with some more information. Generally, the answer would be "Yes, you can", but check what the US embassy in Cyprus has to say about it.
Jan
23
comment What documents should you carry with you when travelling internationally?
@mouviciel: Good point, I also do that myself.
Jan
8
comment If travelling through excessively cold regions, what steps should you take to keep your vehicle warm enough to drive?
@SantaC.: mechanics.SE is not about driving. but is about maintenance. We had a question about choosing winter tires that got migrated there, and mechanics-SE mods told me driving questions are not really on-topic for them.
Nov
11
comment Searching Google for a flight - data source
ITA Software has been purchased by Google in 2011, that's how they get the data from primary sources.
Sep
28
comment Roaming charges from country to country in Europe
Roaming charges in EU will be a thing of the past after July 2014
Sep
26
comment Tourist maps online for Japan?
Have you tried OpenStreetMap? It has decent coverage and I use it occasionally (that is, applications which use its data) when travelling. There's at least a few Android applications with offline maps (probably for other platforms too), most of which use OSM data since it's free.
Sep
24
comment Work as freelancer while tourist in US
Not sure if I quite agree. Particularly for intellectual work, it's very hard to prove what is "work" and what isn't. Is checking your company email work? Is coding? Or thinking about the project you are working on? For those types of activities, I'd say you should be able to do it without anyone making a fuss.
Sep
6
comment Working out the best European country to post a parcel from to Australasia?
Intuitively, countries with large logistics and shipping infrastructure should be cheaper. I'd look first at UK, the Netherlands, Belgium or France.
Aug
27
comment In which countries are the visitor's first name and last name compulsory?
Do you have a particular country (or several) in mind? Otherwise, your question is too broad and cannot be reasonably answered.
Aug
23
comment Bread, breakfast bar or canned food are allowed to be brought into australia?
@MarkMayo: better there isn't any. Mods on Travel-SE are notoriously underworked ;)
Aug
23
comment Bread, breakfast bar or canned food are allowed to be brought into australia?
@MarkMayo: I wonder if the OP refers to another question on Travel-SE. Let's give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
Aug
12
comment How to get to Abisko, Sweden from Berlin
@gerrit It is not possible to fly Berlin to Kiruna and reach Abisko the same day. Actually, it seems it is. I found some flights that arrive at KRN around noon, and there are few hours left to catch the 14:58 train to Abisko. Granted, it's quite expensive, but OP can go by train to Stockholm and then fly to Kiruna from there. FWIW, I haven't suggested that OP fly all the way, but rather only Stockholm-Kiruna. Train connections to Stockholm from Germany are excellent, and OP would be able to utilize their Eurail pass.