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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

Go home if you can! If you are travelling in your country of residence, go home and self-isolate there. If travel restrictions make this impossible, contact the relevant authorities for advise. ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

In places that I've felt to be a bit dodgier than usual I have done a few things: Sleep in shorts with a pocket and keep the key in my pocket. Thread the key onto a string and wear it around my neck. ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

Personally I use the pillowcase method. Small torch, asthma inhaler, old phone I use as an alarm/music player (vibrate wakes me, doesn't wake anyone else, best ever), and locker key, all fit into a ...
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How to check a large backpack?

Once, when checking an external frame backpack onto a Virgin Atlantic flight I was offered a giant, durable, resealable (great for security checks), clear plastic bag. It was similar to a clear trash ...
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Which language(s) is most useful for backpacking Africa?

French seems like an obvious choice: Spoken (to some extent, don't expect everybody to be able to communicate with you!) in 20+ countries, not much overlap with English, mostly standardized and easy ...
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Esbit tablet in planes

Here's what Esbit says: Is it allowed to carry Esbit solid fuel on commercial airplanes? It is not allowed to carry Esbit solid fuel in your hand baggage. With regard to the provisions of the ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

Painting with broad brush strokes about some very large and varied countries here, but I'd go for Japan. India I'd rule out due to the climate alone: March to May is the hot season, and it will be ...
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Are backpack nets an effective deterrent when going to rougher parts of the world?

I spent the first half of thus year in southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia.) First of all, I wouldn't consider this a "rough" part of the world. True, cost ...
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Japan cheapest way to travel? Is carpool/ride share common in Japan?

The cheapest way to travel in Japan is to hitchhike. Getting out of major cities is difficult, but once you're on the road, it's generally amazingly easy to get rides. Some knowledge of Japanese helps,...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

How about using a motion alarm app such as this Android one. Then you either put the key inside the back cover if it will fit, or just tape it to the phone if it won't. If anyone tries to move or take ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

Disclaimer / qualifier: I live in Tokyo Go to Japan. Any trip from Brazil to Asia is going to cost a lot, you may as well make the most of it. Japan has no more or less in the tourist / culture / ...
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Are backpack nets an effective deterrent when going to rougher parts of the world?

They generally are a deterrent. They make the backpack much harder to steal and open and so greatly reduce chances of thieves targeting you backpack specifically. They can be broken with the right ...
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

Visiting India? The two other answers have been rather unwelcoming to India (one of them now deleted), and not just as an Indian, but as someone completely sold into the fact that travelling in India ...
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How to check a large backpack?

Checked bags may be opened during screening. So the plastic wrap would be removed. You could get a duffel bag with a draw string and put your backpack in it. That would offer more protection then a ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

While I was Hostel hopping through Europe, I obtained an mp3 player arm band that was silly large (free too). It was big enough for me to put around my upper leg and hold on to my key and phone while ...
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Is it possible to do backpacking through Europe for 15 days with 1000USD?

Is it possible? Yes. I usually budget $1,000 per month wherever I travel. But... But I use most of the tricks in the book, depending on the country, to keep prices down. Many people won't be ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

Put the key under your bed's leg, it will keep it safe, unless you're such a deep sleeper that someone could steal your bed without you noticing. That's what I do whenever I have to stay in an hotel ...
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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

In NZ, (and I imagine Australia) you can't Police removed a traveler from a hostel yesterday and have forcibly quarantined her and she will deported at the end of the 14 days. There are now three ...
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How do you 'self-isolate' in a hostel dorm room?

traveler who is planning on staying in hostel dorms Make a different plan. Your question assumes that the hosteler simply will not change accommodation plans and will perform the self-isolation in a ...
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How can I get best deal from Flixbus?

I have been on a few flixbus journeys within Germany and the rule I follow to get the best prices is to book as early as possible. They quite often run/ran promotions and you do run a risk of missing ...
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Japan cheapest way to travel? Is carpool/ride share common in Japan?

One of the very cheapest ways to travel is the Willer Express Japan Bus Pass, which costs as little as ¥2100 per travel day for unlimited travel.
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

If you really can't handle the cold shower, why not just heat some water in a pot or kettle? Then mix it the with freezing water (if needed) and sponge-bath like the others suggest. I did this a ...
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Snow Access in North India in the winter

Most of North India doesn't see snow, and the winter temperatures almost never reach close to freezing. The places that see snow are J&K, Himachal Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand. This ...
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HDD vs SSD for a travel laptop?

I can't think of any advantage to an HDD, other than cost. Even with automatic parking, the risk of a scratch from a drop is non-trivial, if the drive is in use. (My fairly severe drop resulted in a ...
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How to check a large backpack?

If you buy a travelling backpack, i.e. a backpack that opens like a suitcase, normally they will have a pocket that you can zip the straps into, which keep them out of the way when checking in. Like ...
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What do you do when you're on-the-road and you cannot shower?

In some countries there are opportunities to shower or bathe that you might not expect. In Thailand, there are "police boxes" (ป้อมตำรวจ), which are mini police stations located on highways at the ...
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Is an open-ended ticket more practical than a one-way ticket for touring China?

Even if flexible return tickets are more expensive, it could be cheaper than two One-Way tickets, due to the way how airlines calculate their OW fares. You could also try to get a good fare which is ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

The best practice is not to store the key in the first place. EG use a combination lock! You can't lose a key you don't have. And as has been previously mentioned a lock will only keep out honest ...
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Esbit tablet in planes

For a definitive answer, you should contact the airline Me thinks it will not be allowed, both in check-in luggage or hand luggage. One internet reference : https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/...
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