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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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How many laptops can I take on an international flight from the US to Europe?

I am wondering how many laptops I can take from the U.S. to Europe – of course within baggage – but what about declaration value? What if I took 15 stacked in a suitcase, each worth $70? That is only ...
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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Singapore?

I'm in Singapore for a week and would like to use data with my iPhone5. What are the options that include enough data for moderate to heavy usage (1-2GB should be enough for the week).
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What's the best way to take a cold shower?

This is a question that most people probably never think about, because it's an every-day thing. But for many of us, such as myself, who grew up in more western cultures, with more modern ...
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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What is the best method for exchanging dollars for Euros?

I'm traveling from the US to Europe in a few weeks. What's the best method of exchanging dollars for Euros? I imagine there's options like: at the airport when you arrive in Europe at a bank in ...
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Can I keep my old passport when I have it renewed and a new one issued?

I have occasionally read about old passports people collect as keepsakes of their travels. Now, I just came across a mention of “all old passports” in a list of things to bring to a US visa interview ...
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Japanese etiquette: Most common (and offensive) mistakes?

I am aware that Japan has many unwritten rules of etiquette. What are some of the most common (and offensive) breaches of etiquette made by visitors? On the flip side, what behaviors show respect ...
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How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?

A related post, made me wonder how you can hide a ring from a "special one" traveling with you to a place where you will propose and yet get it legally through security or customs? You don't want the ...
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Round trip vs two one-way tickets?

Is there any substantial disadvantage to booking two one-way tickets, versus a round trip ticket? Booking vacation travel with family of four for winter, from Northeast US to Mexico. Round trip is ...
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Which embassy will most likely provide a multiple entry Schengen visa?

I have already travelled to schengen area once on a single entry Schengen visa. I am now trying to apply for a schengen visa with the intention of making several short trips to the schengen area. My ...
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When you bring someone to a restaurant in Russia

I am curious how it works in Russia when someone invites you to a restaurant. Will the man order for both or will the parties order individually? Do you tip the waiter/waitress at a resturant and how ...
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Booking hotel with my credit card for the third person

I've booked a hotel (in Hong Kong) for a third person using my credit card (but booking confirmation for the third person). Will there will be any problems while checking in? It seems to check in you ...
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Greyhound: How early should I get to the bus station?

Some bad fortune has required me to change my Thanksgiving travel plans at the last minute. I canceled my train ticket and bought a Greyhound bus ticket instead. I'm concerned by this language on the ...
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Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?

It could be due to boredom that I notice this, but it seems that only on airplanes ice cube have holes. Why is that?
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Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?

We are going to an event and because of this event all hotels are fully booked. Now a friend wants to join us, but can't find accommodation. We are okay with him crashing in our hotel room, either on ...
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What's the safest way to protect your valuable belongings from theft at the beach?

I am travelling solo to Barcelona. I was wondering if anyone has any tip on how to enjoy the beach when travelling alone. As in, is it safe to leave your belongings on the beach when you go for a ...
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Where can I find old flight stats?

I'm looking for some old flight stats as Flightaware provides me for the last 4 months. However, I'm looking for flights from the past 5 years. Is there any database that is capable of doing so? For ...
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Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?

I've heard from friends who have been to Rome that you must cover up when you visit the Vatican as they have a strict dress code. What does "cover up" mean? I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem in ...
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What are the rules to be aware of on a road with a sign that indicates rocks might fall?

I'm from Flanders and I don't have a driver's license. These signs are rather rare in Flanders, but I see them frequently as a passenger alongside the Spanish coast, in the Valencia province. The ...
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My ESTA is expiring - how does one go about renewing it?

I got an email from the Department of Homeland Security(!) to say my two-year ESTA is expiring at the end of next month. Is there a way to just renew it, or do you have to go through the complete ...
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Why do people on airplanes often have tomato juice as a drink?

Tomato juice seems to be a favorite drink for many travelers to have on board an airplane. I've seen this on almost every flight I've been on, but I have never noticed this same trend at ground-level. ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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What does “copy of itinerary” mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this ...
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Can I add more luggage after doing the on-line check-in in Ryanair?

I will be travelling with Ryanair in a few weeks. Currently I have a printer so I can do the check in and print the tickets. I am not yet sure if I will increase the weight in my luggage. I will only ...
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What is the best strategy to exchange money to GBP in London?

I know this question said about London which where I live right now, but I think it's applied everywhere. I have almost 900 Euros left which I want to change back to pound sterling. So, I googled a ...
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Bank balance for getting a Schengen visa?

I won a contest to visit Belgium and the Netherlands for a week from India. The accommodation and travel is paid by the company. They have asked for my income tax returns and bank statements along ...
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Is it true that people “can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it.”?

"They don't check that it's yours at the door"? According to the mouse-over text for this XKCD comic strip: That's scary. I wonder what are the chances of getting your luggage stolen (from the ...
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Can I use B1/B2 visa to travel to the US without a business purpose?

I got a B1/B2 visa earlier this year when I traveled to the US for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2013 and I'd love to visit the United States again, but for no other purpose than ...
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How much cash am I supposed to prepay at gas station in the US?

In the US (and probably Canada as well), it is possible to pay at a gas station either with a credit card often with a fee (in the US) or cash. If I pay cash, gas stations often require to prepay for ...
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Is my ESTA valid for a second trip?

I visited the USA in May this year, on an ESTA which I applied for in April. It was approved and I was allowed entry into the country. I'm re-visiting again this November for two weeks. Am I able ...
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Transferring luggage when taking another plane

I have flight where I need to move from airplane to another. Do I need to check out my luggage and then check it in again, or will it be automaticaly transfered to another plane?
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Is it socially/culturally acceptable for Indian/Sri Lankan people to visit the Oktoberfest?

I will be in Spain by the last few days in September, and since the Munich Oktoberfest ends on October 4th, I have a few days to visit Oktoberfest. I'm a Sri Lankan citizen, and I look obvious for ...
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What is the best method of purchasing a ticket with an open return date?

I’ve been doing some research on traveling to South America and staying for an extended period of time (working vacation). The usual sources for flight info (Kayak, Expedia, Hipmunk) don’t have any ...
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If a baby is born on an international flight over international waters, what nationality are they?

I seem to remember one of our members being on a flight when a baby was born, but can't find any reference to what happened to the baby in terms of citizenship. Generally you hear about pregnant ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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What exactly does “nights” means when you book? Is it number of night you are going to sleep, or simply days you are going to stay?

For example, suppose that I'm going to travel London and will arrive at 10am, 1st December. And will stay a week, means will leave 10am, 8th December. Technically it's 7 nights, but also 8 days. ...
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How to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San?

What are my options to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San Road? And what are the expected prices for this?
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How do I prevent damage to electronic devices at airport security?

I have travelled with a laptop before with no problems (not recently), but for an upcoming trip I will, for the first time, be carrying a smartphone and a Kindle (not the Fire but the older e-ink ...
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UAE Tourist Visa validity and how many days I'm allowed to stay?

I'm an Indian and my brother has been working in Sharjah around ten years. It is the first time I'm travelling abroad. He arranged me a tourist visa of 60 days validity and I can stay there up to 39 ...
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Can I leave the UK and come back in, on a Tourist visa?

I am a United States citizen with a 6-month Tourist visa to the UK (a stamp in my passport). Additionally, in 2013 I spent about two months in the UK on tourist visas, split between two separate ...
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I am Non EU citizen working in Germany, can I travel to UK without visa?

I am from Non-EU country (from Nepal to be precise) and recently moved to Germany for work. I am applying for BlueCard. I would like to travel to UK later this year, can I go there without visa as I ...
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How to avoid drinking vodka?

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...
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Where and when is the best time to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands?

I would like to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands. Where and when is the best time to do it? (after the flower blooms and before the crop) Is it possible to go by public transportation or is it ...
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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

I'm a pretty heavy sleeper and sometimes I need to wake up earlier for a bus/flight or to catch early light. When sharing a room in a hostel type place, what's a good way to set an alarm without ...
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Checked luggage and overnight layovers

I have an overnight layover as part of a single itinerary. Does the airline store the checked luggage overnight, or make me pick it up and then re-check it? If they store it and I needed access to ...
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Can I use B1 visa (Visitor-Business) to travel to the Canada without a business purpose?

I got a B1 visa (Visitor-Business) for Canada in 2012 when I traveled to Canada for a business trip from my company. It expires in 2015 and I'd love to visit the Canada again, but for no other purpose ...
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Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?

Airplane bathroom: Photo by user3306356 Photo by user3306356 Why are there ashtrays in the bathrooms on nonsmoking flights?
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Book connecting flight, but only board at second airport?

I'm looking to book flights from) Philadelphia (PHL) to Detroit (DTW). Direct flights are quite expensive. I noticed, in expanding a search to surrounding airports, that I can book from Allentown ...
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...