Sebastiaan van den Broek
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?
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I also posted an answer in the linked thread, though your case is slightly different. For reference, I lived in Java and now in Bali. It's not impossible that there are some hotels that will give you ...

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Will providing an incorrect suffix and prefix for a name (Dr., PhD) on a flight ticket cause issues at the airport?
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That is extremely unlikely, since your id doesn't show your title. I am expecting the ability to choose title has much more to do with how they address you in their e-mails. Also, TSA and equivalent ...

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Why do many countries in the world still require citizens of states with a high HDI to get visas?
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What makes you think people from HDI countries wouldn't want to work in another country? Not everything is about maximum profit. As a Dutch guy living in Bali (Indonesia) I see plenty of people from ...

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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia
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I live in east Java and have been to Sumatra before, though I traveled alone so I have no direct experience traveling as an unmarried couple. However I have heard of foreigners being asked if they ...

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How to prepare for driving on the opposite side for the first time, after decades driving on the other side
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It really isn't as bad as you might think. Anytime it actually matters (i.e. when there is other traffic) you will be reminded of it because of where they are. I'm currently living in Indonesia since ...

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Using my Azerbaijan driver's license in the Netherlands?
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If you don't actually live in The Netherlands, so you are really a tourist, you can use your foreign drivers license. Quoting from the official government page: Tijdelijk verblijf in Nederland met ...

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If have Schengen visa from Portugal, do I have to visit Portugal?
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Normally you need to apply to the embassy of the country that is your MAIN destination. So applying to the Portuguese embassy may get you rejected. However, if there is only one European embassy in ...

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How to properly protect a laptop placed in a checked in luggage?
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Considering these bags will be thrown, dropped, dropped on, exposed to unknown temperatures and possibly vulnerable to theft, there is no proper way to do it. Wrapping it with a significant amount of ...

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Is it prohibited to lie down (and fall asleep) on a commercial flight?
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On one flight from New York to Amsterdam using Delta airlines I even went to a completely different row altogether to lie down and sleep using 3 or 4 seats there. More people did it since the flight ...

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Will this small crease in passport be a problem
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I’m not an immigration/customs officer, but I highly doubt this would be a problem. It’s on the outside so it doesn’t look like some potential tampering. My passport probably looks worse and I’ve had ...

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Travel insurance and no regular insurance?
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You can’t use most common short-term travel insurances, even just for a lengthy trip like that they may not cover you even with a normal health insurance. There are providers for long-term travel ...

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How do airlines compute weight allowances for carry-on bags?
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An empty carry-on weighing 5-6 kilo is very unlikely. If it is correct, just replace it with something a bit more modern. I fly a lot in Asia and between Asia and Europe and I’ve mostly seen 7 kg ...

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Where can or who can help me change my old dollar bill?
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If you live anywhere near a tourist area, you could ask some US Americans there to exchange it for you. Be aware they may think it’s a scam, especially if you’re a complete stranger to them.

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Is my European smartphone already unlocked?
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You should take at your country’s legislation at for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_lock and then if necessary check it with your provider. Europe or the EU does not have a law against ...

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UK visit visa refused twice: first for funds parking, then for questionable purpose of travel. Should I reapply?
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I am not a UK citizen, however my advice would be to do another application, possibly with the help of others. Like you said, they ignored some included documents and next time they might actually pay ...

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Data plans in Germany that can also can be used elsewhere in Europe
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This situation has completely changed since the 15th of June 2017. The EU "roam like at home" rules mean that when you use your mobile phone while travelling outside your home country in any EU ...

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Lost my passport in Malaysia and overstayed as a result. What should I do now?
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You are stranded without your passport, from the sound of your comments without money too and with an expired visa. This doesn't sound like something that can be answered generically, other than the ...

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What tasks is it reasonable to get done while in layover, rather than in advance?
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Yes airports always charge a premium. People mostly buy stuff there because they're bored or absolutely have no choice. Though probably for the money-changing bit you could be ok, but as stated in the ...

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Are all airline tickets e-tickets?
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I'm living in Indonesia and I still get paper printed tickets when flying here after booking at a brick & mortar agency, however I am sure they are also registered in their systems so it depends ...

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How to prevent "Delhi Belly" from eating/drinking locally?
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Lived in various countries in SE Asia for 5 years. You just accept that sometimes you get sick. However, sure you can do things to lower the chances. A lot of good advice has been given. Like someone ...

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How to avoid credit card fee gouging in foreign countries?
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There are now a bunch of banks that have special programs for frequent travelers and expats that can’t/don’t want to open a bank account in the country they’re in. Notable ones are the N26 Black ...

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Medan to lake Toba (Samosir island), how to?
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In addition to taking a bus/minibus, you can also fly to Samosir island by taking a flight to the relatively new Sibisa airport. You will land a few kilometers from the ferry to the island.

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Is it possible to haggle over tours in Indonesia, and to what extent?
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Everything tourism-related in Indonesia is negotiable. But price-wise you’re probably much better off booking the accommodation yourself, paying your own entrance fees and just getting the guide and ...

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Backpacking through Indonesia during Ramadan (Bali and Gili)
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I have lived in Java and am living in Bali, just for reference. Is Bali/Gili/Lombok the best choice for us to travel to instead of the more islamic Java? That depends. I like Bali to live on but ...

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Is it possible to rent a scooter in Probolinggo?
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I don't know about Probolinggo specifically, however most Indonesians that study in another city also rent motorbikes rather than bring their own over. Considering Probolinggo does have universities, ...

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How to get insurance after trip extended due to flight cancellation, when existing insurance refuses to extend?
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https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance They let you get the insurance when you’re already abroad. I don’t have personal experience with them as I am using a Dutch one (which I also started ...

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Reasons for not taking melatonin during flight?
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I see absolutely no reasons why you shouldn’t. It’s not like it’s strong medication that will knock you out, but people even take those kinds on board an airplane. At best this will make it a bit ...

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My passport was lost at Kuala Lumpur airport. I reported at airport but my visa is expiring soon
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Where did you report it? If you did not already apply for a new (emergency) passport, do that IMMEDIATELY. Then probably you should go to Malaysia’s immigration and explain the situation. You’ll have ...

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Is it possible to get an e-Visa for Vietnam?
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This confused me greatly as well, because like @Doc mentioned in his answer, there are many websites trying to look more official than they are. But I think in general that is just a sales tactic, as ...

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Is it possible to go from Probolinggo to Bromo on a motorbike?
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I have lived in Malang close to Bromo for a year (2015-2016) and have heard of friends going on motorbike before that time, but more recently those roads were deliberately closed off so that people ...

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