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May
15
awarded  Nice Question
May
9
comment Avoiding the traveller's 'fanny pack' / money-belt
I tie a neck purse around one of my belt loops and toss it in my pants. If someone is willing to root around in there, they can have my money.
Apr
17
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Apr
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
12
revised Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country?
Forgot Ireland.
Apr
12
revised Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country?
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Apr
12
answered Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country?
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Also, Ive had issues with drivers trying to renegotiate with a pre-agreed upon price, never with a meter. In the Philips and in Russia I've had drivers pull over an demand more money. A pre agreed price may be common "advice" but I so strongly disagree with it. I've even had a friend kicked out of a cab in the middle of nowhere because he refused to pay more.
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Just time-based? Curious. Most taxis I've been in world-wide have a charge per distance and per time. For instance, Taiwan is 5NTD for .3Km and another 5 NTD for every 20 seconds that the taxi is not moving. I don't know about US meters either.
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
*shrug. Most meters I've run into charge for time, as well.
Apr
10
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Perhaps this is a bit too anecdotal, but my biggest issue with agreed prices is it inspires dangerous driving. Several times I've been in a traffic jam with a driver and an agreed upon price and his response was insane driving. I've nearly lost a hand to one experience. I never agree on a price because there is no money in traffic jams OR stop lights... but that is just my two cents.
Apr
10
comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
Depending on how many wine snobs there are around you, you may get some funny looks for banging a wine bottle. But it isn't a bad idear.
Apr
10
comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
I said that above... "If you don't check bags, then buy a cheap corkscrew in your destination."
Apr
10
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
@Flimzy You are allowed your opinion, but I would beg to differ. As I said, just jumping in a metered taxi is not a good idea. You should always know where you are going and the approximate cost. You let a taxi driver run the meter at a gas station? That is silly. Use a well respected taxi and you will be fine... generally. I would strongly disagree with your arguments, but to each his own, I suppose.
Apr
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Apr
7
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
I would say if they won't run the meter get out. Eventually you will find a cab to run the meter. Don't let cab strong arm tactics scare you, stick to your guns ;) In Thailand, I once had to go through 6 cabs before I got one that would actually run the meter.
Apr
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Apr
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comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
I wouldn't say that at all. A GPS may not be SOMETIMES useful, but it is far more helpful than sitting there wondering where the hell your driver is taking you. Also, there are typically well represented companies. I'll edit it to point that out as well.
Apr
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revised What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
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Apr
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comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
No offense, but in some places, such as Tuscany, one might call that blasphemy ;)