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Posted 6/29/17

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Stereotyping is often pretty spot on. It's important to learn about those things and various tips about certain locations after certain hours...

I always wear clothes with zipper pockets I would also tight the backpack's strap across my chest for additional security (or wearning it in front of my chest instead of the back.


I've started wearing zipper pockets too, especially after that. It was, more or less, a test to see exactly how bad the problem was. Mind you, it took 10 hours of wandering tourist traps to get pickpocketed that badly. It still happened, so I'm cautious about it. I'm normally a cargo pants kind of guy (it comes from years in IT or Carpentry - I worked in both, as well as roofing and siding for a number of years now).

As for backpacks, there are some that open from the "inside" so that people can't yoink anything from a pocket without having it taken off of you. That, plus making sure it's pretty snug against me - I've never had an issue with backpacks.


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3K-10K for a plane ticket ? You have to travel a lot or make more than that in a month to make it worth while..

Also, your customers can not do business through Skype or conference call ?


When a customer that's paying you $750,000 a month for access to your technology wants you to be on-site, you go on-site. First class/business class is, more or less, a compromise. In many cases, the customer is the one who reimburses me for my travel (not directly - but they tend to get billed for my arrival unless they have a specific "free on-site configuration/repair" clause in their contract .. which is usually limited to 1-2 times).

Conference calls only go so far, too. The issue is that even though I'm initially sent there for 2-3 weeks to install, configure/setup, and implement whatever they want - I also go through a week of training with their IT teams. This is teaching them the technology, the backend, and what each aspect of the product does. Unfortunately, IT teams are usually quite in the mindset of ignoring what someone says and tries to Google it if they're not trained. With that being said, they should know that they won't find anything on Google that'll help them.

Japanese customers are notorious note-takers. I only happen to go there when they completely bork a production instance or when they're pitching to a large customer (as a reseller). In terms of my experience (professionally speaking), I've always enjoyed dealing with Japanese customers overall. They're action-orientated (this is what we want to get done, how do we do it, how can we help you help us, and thank you for getting it done the way we wanted it), friendly (it's fairly often that they'll take me out a few times while I'm on-site - everywhere from ridiculously overpriced restaurants to just casual restaurants), and they're detailed in what their issue/request is (there isn't any line for interpretation - just "this is what we want, this is how it should look, this is how it should handle this data..").

That being said - they like having me out there because I'm good at explaining the technical aspects of the platform (and in their native language). So several of our Japanese resellers will pay the $20k just to have me out there to be the Caucasian guy, speaking Japanese, explaining the platform as a developer and executive when their customer is going to pay them around ¥85,000,000 (755k USD) if they get the sale. That being said, they haven't lost a sale that I've been involved in either.

Personal flights, though...
It really depends on how many people are going with me. If I'm going alone, I don't mind spending a bit more (I save up for vacations, which I expect to be the epitome of relaxation). If I'm going with my girlfriend or a friend, I happen to drop down a class (First Class to Business/Economy Plus) and pay for their flight too.
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I've never been outside the country I live in. I don't envy that bill, but I hope you have fun on your trip.
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#1 priority in preventing crime is not being a victim. Tourists are easy targets because often time they don't speak the language and do not know the area well. The countries i'm going to are often very crowed in some areas.

750K ? i guess you can do overnight flight for that amount too then

I was thinking of skype + conference call combination set up in the conference room. a conference phones along the table and a 70-80in screen. You can see the whole group of people that way.

There are those who believe that you can find anything on Google Google is just a search engine. It can pull up helpful materials but also worthless information. Do you remember the old "who wants to be a millionaire" show ? There's an option to call a friend. I would rather call an expert in the field than going through all the search results pulled up by Google for certain topics.

Do they have VIP seats on planes ? I think they are only for board members of the airline companies right ?
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I don't travel outside the states much, but my mom goes to Europe 1-3 times a year. She invested in a pretty sturdy money belt that is worn under clothing and has a steel mesh sewn into it. She hasn't had any problems since she got that, heh.
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lol you actually pay that much? holy crap i get my passport and fees for free ctfu
and no my parents don't pay for it
Posted 6/30/17

dulun18 wrote:
#1 priority in preventing crime is not being a victim. Tourists are easy targets because often time they don't speak the language and do not know the area well. The countries i'm going to are often very crowed in some areas.


I always tell my vacationing friends (who are first-time out-of-country travelers or just haven't been to a certain area) that the best policy is to make sure you don't stick to just tourist traps. The more centrated you are in those kinds of areas (museums, popular/historical landmarks, and all that) - the more likely you'll get into trouble. I have a hard time understanding why someone would go somewhere they can't speak at least some of the language. Just because English is an international standard doesn't mean that everyone is going to use it (real talk: in my travels, the only time English gets used is in the office of a customer/client - if I'm speaking to their potential client/customer, I switch to their local language).


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750K ? i guess you can do overnight flight for that amount too then

I was thinking of skype + conference call combination set up in the conference room. a conference phones along the table and a 70-80in screen. You can see the whole group of people that way.


I work remote, as-is. Even when I'm in the office and have that configuration, some customers are more old-fashioned and want you in the room with them. When customers request an on-site, it usually takes about a week to process. There's usually that exchange as to who pays for the trip, how long the trip is going to be, and the purpose of the trip needs to be established (this was my own requirement - I got blindsided by a customer asking me to pretend to be their network administrator once, it got awkward and we eventually lost the customer because I really suck at lying/acting).


dulun18 wrote:
There are those who believe that you can find anything on Google. Google is just a search engine. It can pull up helpful materials but also worthless information. Do you remember the old "who wants to be a millionaire" show ? There's an option to call a friend. I would rather call an expert in the field than going through all the search results pulled up by Google for certain topics.


The main issue here is that they think since it's technology that there's going to be somebody else out there able to give them the answers if they don't pay attention. Most of our customers pay a significant amount of money for training (so few will ever post information online) and the overall technology is proprietary - the only place they should be looking is at our internal wiki that I've put together.


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Do they have VIP seats on planes ? I think they are only for board members of the airline companies right ?


It really depends on the airline. VIP seats are usually reserved for airline employees (executives) or celebrities (of some sort). I will say that First Class on Japan Air is fucking amazing (excuse the language). Same goes for a few other international airlines (like Singapore Airlines [their suite/first class is phenomenal], or Cathay Pacific). I wouldn't ever buy first class tickets on these flights, personally speaking. They're easily $10,000-15,000 for a flight. But some companies are all about making sure they give a "good impression" to partners, so that's why I get lucky.
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I always tell my vacationing friends (who are first-time out-of-country travelers or just haven't been to a certain area) that the best policy is to make sure you don't stick to just tourist traps. The more centrated you are in those kinds of areas (museums, popular/historical landmarks, and all that) - the more likely you'll get into trouble. I have a hard time understanding why someone would go somewhere they can't speak at least some of the language. Just because English is an international standard doesn't mean that everyone is going to use it (real talk: in my travels, the only time English gets used is in the office of a customer/client - if I'm speaking to their potential client/customer, I switch to their local language).

I work remote, as-is. Even when I'm in the office and have that configuration, some customers are more old-fashioned and want you in the room with them. When customers request an on-site, it usually takes about a week to process. There's usually that exchange as to who pays for the trip, how long the trip is going to be, and the purpose of the trip needs to be established (this was my own requirement - I got blindsided by a customer asking me to pretend to be their network administrator once, it got awkward and we eventually lost the customer because I really suck at lying/acting).

The main issue here is that they think since it's technology that there's going to be somebody else out there able to give them the answers if they don't pay attention. Most of our customers pay a significant amount of money for training (so few will ever post information online) and the overall technology is proprietary - the only place they should be looking is at our internal wiki that I've put together.

It really depends on the airline. VIP seats are usually reserved for airline employees (executives) or celebrities (of some sort). I will say that First Class on Japan Air is fucking amazing (excuse the language). Same goes for a few other international airlines (like Singapore Airlines [their suite/first class is phenomenal], or Cathay Pacific). I wouldn't ever buy first class tickets on these flights, personally speaking. They're easily $10,000-15,000 for a flight. But some companies are all about making sure they give a "good impression" to partners, so that's why I get lucky.


I think that's the reason why they have those tour guides :). You can not expect most people to speak the language of the countries they want to travel to. It's too time consuming and impossible for some. It's harder to learn a new language as you got older. This is why you will see tourist with their phones out using some apps trying to communicate. I have nothing against those language apps but :sweatingbullets:. I got a call from a doctor stating that he was trying to use a language app on his phone to communicate with the patient for the last 10-15 minutes so he needed help. I asked the patient a few questions and got the answers he needed. I took 2 minutes

English is an international language but don't expect the the majority of the natives speak it though. I would say you will have more luck with college age people.

1 week? even for regular clients ? I would think since both sides already know each other and the process it shouldn't take as long.

I don't think people or companies will post information that will required you to go to a college or university for, especially more specialized information/skills You don't see how to do a heart surgery for dummies sort of thing through Google.

JAL was among the top 10 airlines after all :). I'm guessing you buy tickets 1-3 weeks ahead of time ? I found the price is pretty much the same through out the year for the country i'm going to, the only difference is more flights are available around certain months.

I hate EVA airline they tend to have a lot of kids on the plane. The last thing i want is dealing with some noisy kids for 14-15+ hr flight.


http://www.airlinequality.com/review-pages/top-10-airlines/




http://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/rear-cross-traffic-warning-rearview-cameras-guide/

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lol you actually pay that much? holy crap i get my passport and fees for free ctfu
and no my parents don't pay for it[


Thank you for clarifying it we believe you !
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Artlicker wrote:

lol you actually pay that much? holy crap i get my passport and fees for free ctfu
and no my parents don't pay for it[


Thank you for clarifying it we believe you !


oh you want proof here u go : )
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I don't travel outside the states much, but my mom goes to Europe 1-3 times a year. She invested in a pretty sturdy money belt that is worn under clothing and has a steel mesh sewn into it. She hasn't had any problems since she got that, heh.


Yeah, I have something similar. Can't be pick-pocketed if your pockets are empty and no one can snatch your purse if you don't have one.

I haven't traveled in quite some time though and with the current state of the world I have no plans to either.

The States is too tense/crazy and Europe is too expensive. Even my folks, who use to round trip through the States every summer ( their bucket list was to roadtrip through all 50 states ) refuse to go anymore. Things have been getting notable more tense down there for some time to the point that on their last trip through there were states where they wouldn't even leave the highway and just drove straight through.

Last straw for them was going through Tennessee I think it was. They stopped for gas and some random dude saw their Canadian plates and confronted them to rant at them about socialism and universal healthcare.
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Aah these 1st world problems. I am trying to figure out how to pay all the bills after my moove last month lol. Should I keep internet? Pay for my medications? Splurge for meat and vegetables or eat Raman and balogna a few times a week so I can keep my cell phone?. Well have fun.
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Artlicker wrote:


AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:


Artlicker wrote:

lol you actually pay that much? holy crap i get my passport and fees for free ctfu
and no my parents don't pay for it[


Thank you for clarifying it we believe you !


oh you want proof here u go : )


the credibility of the passport aside... if someone else is paying for it instead of you it's FREE ? i guess it is then.. but what's the difference from having your parents pay for it ?

Thank you for clarifying it we believe you ! :happy:


on other notes,

Smuggling gangs renting out real U.S. passports
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_BR_AFcuKI
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Travel outside of the country is a once a year deal for me at most.

...and I'm not that big of a repeat traveler. Once I've been to a country I kinda want to go to another one instead of going there again for vacation.
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Currently outside of my country Australia visiting USA. In Las Vegas at the moment.
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nanikore2 wrote:

Travel outside of the country is a once a year deal for me at most.

...and I'm not that big of a repeat traveler. Once I've been to a country I kinda want to go to another one instead of going there again for vacation.



i don't know how long people usually stay in a foreign country during their vacation... but it's impossible to visit all the places in that countries in just a few weeks. I would like to stay for a least 3-6 months but it's not possible.



GrandMasterTime wrote:
Currently outside of my country Australia visiting USA. In Las Vegas at the moment.


Is it as scary as what you saw on the news? Do you want to go home yet ?
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