MastaBaba
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Why does there seem to be an extreme lack of public trashcans in Taiwan?
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Taiwan's policy, related to trash, is that you are expected to take your trash home and dispose of it properly, that is, using the correct bin for separate collection of different types of trash. This ...

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Handshake while holding own right elbow
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It's a sign of respect. A bit like using both hands to shake yours. (Source: I lived in Africa for something like 7 years.) I personally found this more common in West Africa than East Africa. Edit: ...

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Is it possible to travel between India and China by rail?
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No. India has train connections with Pakistan and Bangladesh, only. Bangladesh has no international train connections except with India. Pakistan also has a connection with Iran. This is the Quetta ...

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Is it legal to travel with a suitcase full of physical cash (worthless banknotes) from Venezuela?
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Yes. Source (IATA): Currency Currency Import regulations: Local currency (Bolivar Soberano-VES) and foreign currencies: no restrictions Currency Export regulations: Local currency (...

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Is it possible to make a decent income from travelling the world?
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For most people trying what you propose, making money while traveling, is not possible. Luckily, there are plenty who prove this just a rule of thumb, not a hard law. Yes, it's possible to make ...

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Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?
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I was born in Iran, am not living there, but have traveled a bit in the country. My Farsi (Persian) is not very good and because I grew up outside of Iran stand out on the streets. In short, I'm not ...

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Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?
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According to this article, women-only carriages were introduced in Thailand after a 13-year old girl was raped in 2014. This article states that the rape was perpetrated by railway staff. Perhaps ...

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Will one be refused entry on a full passport?
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From personal experience, I can tell you that I once (almost) was not allowed to board a plane because, at checkin, I was told I needed at least two empty pages in my passport to allow for stamps and ...

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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room
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Immediately turn off your alarm after you're awake. So, keep the alarm very close to your ears, under or next to your cushion, or perhaps above your head, if your hostel bed allows for that. And find ...

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Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?
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I am willing to contest the basic premise: despite several claims online, I won't accept that this train station is the second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere. That said, perhaps ...

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Can I enter and exit a country immediately?
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The common point in the other responses that's not made explicit, is that it is never a problem to stay for an arbitrary small amount of time in one country. What might give you problems is returning ...

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Book multiple flights with Ryanair and save on Administration Fee
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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.

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Is it allowed to take an external hard drive with you on a plane?
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Yes, you can. Pretty much every time I travel by plane I carry one or more external hard disks in my hand luggage. This has never been an issue, to the extent that, on occasion, my luggage does get ...

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I have a 12-hour layover in Istanbul. Will I be able to leave the airport to do some sightseeing in the city?
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As you're traveling with Turkish Airlines and have a long layover, you can ask for a free tour of the city, hosted by Turkish Airlines. Here's some info: http://www.istanbulinhours.com/tour-schedule ...

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Is the Cairo - Cape Town Highway passable?
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I'll answer your first two questions: Technically, the road can be done with a normal car, but practically it can't. Too many bad patches, particularly between southern Egypt and northern Kenya or ...

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Where to get offline maps for Cairo?
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My favourite app for exactly this purpose is Maps.me. They allow you to download countries or provinces/states, depending on the area. You can add your own locations. They recently added driving ...

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Why do airplanes not use two regular 3.5mm jacks?
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I'll speculate on your main question: Not only did the non-standard jacks mean that the airline's equipment would be useless outside of the airplane, it also meant you had to use their equipment if ...

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Is it true you must not stop at Red lights in South Africa while driving?
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If the rule of thumb would be to not stop at a red light (in South Africa), traffic lights would be pointless. if there is a rule of thumb in relation to this, it's that if you are driving and you ...

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What is the cheapest form of public transportation from Amsterdam to Northern Ireland?
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On megabus.co.uk, you can find an Amsterdam - London ticket for 17.50 pounds. Then, a London to Dublin ticket can set you back as little as 15 pounds. Both connections include a ferry. Occasionally, ...

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Where can I find a global heat map of travel spots?
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Here's what I'm aware of: Sightsmap (which I think comes closest to what you are looking for) Heatmaps of Flickr photos and Twitter tweets Flickr heat maps Flickr heat maps distinguishing between ...

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Carrying Bitcoin Internationally
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At the moment, the general consensus is that Bitcoin is not a currency (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin, under 'Economics'). For the US and Canada, this page is pretty clear on what you ...

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Will Armenia and Azerbaijan permit a tourist to enter if they have the other country's stamp in their passport?
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Here's some first hand experience (I visited the region a few weeks ago). Visiting Armenia is not a problem for Azerbaijan, nor is it the other way around. What is a problem, is having a visa for ...

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In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully?
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No. Not legally. Passport retention is against the law in UAE. Your passport is usually the property of the government that issued it (as mentioned in the small print in your passport, which ...

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Why is renting a car so expensive in Iceland?
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'Expensive' is relative. That said, a quick search on https://book.cartrawler.com saw me get prices for under 500 euros for ten days. Still not very pleasant, but better than 1100 euros. Your ...

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Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
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In your individual case, this could of course have been a ripoff. However, historically, it has been quite common practice, particularly but not only, in south western Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal)...

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How do you choose a restaurant when travelling?
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More and more, I actually go *un*prepared. This lack of preconceived notion results in an experience that's much more unique. Sure, you will not always end up at the 'best' place, but, clearly, that's ...

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How much of the original 'Lunatic Express' rail system in Africa is still active?
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The Uganda railways has not operated for transporting people since the early 1990s. The only exception has been a train that connected Nairobi and Kampala on a once-off trip for an international ...

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Is it okay to bring a bottle of champagne on an airplane (as checkin luggage)?
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Considering champagne is a non-flammable liquid, the TSA apparently allows it as checked luggage. And this doesn't really surprise me. A bottle of Pepsi, deodorant spray and even compressed gas ...

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My passport will expire a few months after I start travelling - problem?
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The comments really pretty much say it all. Yes, your passport is valid. Your passport loses its validity on May 6 2013. However, many countries won't, at least on paper, accept travelers with a ...

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What is a good way to find new western friends in a foreign city?
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There is no one solution for this. Some suggestions... Irish pubs. Quiz nights. Walking tours. Hash House Harriers. Toastmasters. Internations. Critical Mass. @Taladris' answer made me realise there ...

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