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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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I've booked a hotel on Booking.com using an empty debit card. Can the hotel still enforce their no-show/cancellation charge?

Just today, I booked a hotel in Hong Kong through Booking.com using a prepaid debit card which has zero balance. My reservation was confirmed; however, I changed my mind as I found a cheaper place to ...
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Will Wi-Fi passwords in Russia be in Cyrillic? How do I type them on a Latin keyboard?

I'm about to travel to Russia, and I made sure to book only accommodations that offer Wi-Fi to its customers, but a question came to my mind. As Cyrillic is the standard alphabet in Russia, is there ...
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Journey from India (Bombay/Mumbai) to USA on ship

I'm planning to travel from India (Bombay/Mumbai) to USA on ship. I'm a newbie and I don't know anything about freighter travel. I just want to know what are the possible ways of travel and also 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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Refused 'Leave to Enter' at Gatwick Airport UK (and subsequently removed)

I recently (Mar 9, 2016) arrived in Gatwick Airport on a visit from the United States (intended 1-1.5 months), mistakenly requesting a visa length of 3 months (I thought visas were issued on a 3 or 6 ...
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Can I wear a bulletproof vest while traveling on British Airways from Heathrow?

I'll be wearing it all the time anyway once I arrive at my hostile destination but how about wearing it during the flight? It makes sense to wear it in case someone try to hijack the plane.
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Schengen tourist visa refused. Can I appeal for reconsideration?

My Schengen tourist visa was rejected by the German Consulate, Chennai stating that my date of flying from Chennai to Berlin (02-Nov-13) is not the same as the starting date of leave approval from my ...
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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 type)...
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Which airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight?

I read that some airlines such as United Airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight. Is there any comprehensive list of airlines that ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight (or ...
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How to transfer from JFK to Newark using public transportation?

In a couple days, I will be flying into JFK, then I'll have to catch a connecting domestic flight at Newark. The duration between scheduled landing at JFK and departure at Newark is 4 hours and 50 ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?

About 5 months ago, I booked a room in a hotel for my honeymoon (via the hotel website). During the booking process, I was notified that there were only 3 rooms left and that the price provided was ...
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Being separated from one's young children on a flight

I recently flew with Thomson and I was separated from my 3 year old child on the flight home. He was sitting a row behind and across the aisle from myself. I asked several times if we could be moved ...
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Will my checked luggage freeze in the airplane?

I'm taking some freeze-sensitive items in a checked luggage for a short flight. It's cheese, chocolate, toothpaste and wine. I would like to know whether the luggage can get "frozen" in the aircraft. ...
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What is an open ticket?

When speaking of an airline ticket, I have heard the term open ticket which has to do with dates not being fixed I believe. What exactly is an open ticket? How do you get an actual flight from one? ...
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Is it rude to tell the ice cream man in Istanbul not to mess with me?

I have never been to Istanbul but I am planning to go there with the kids. A friend of mine showed me yesterday a video of him buying ice cream from a traditional ice cream shop in Istanbul. He ...
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Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?

I planned to drive through Death Valley with a rental car during end of May or beginning of June. Now a friend of mine told me that this is a little bit dangerous, and that a lot of rental companies ...
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What section of an airplane offers the smoothest ride?

I know in a bus, for instance, (well, at least on a school bus, when I traveled to out-of-town basketball games in high school) the farther back you are, the bumpier your ride tends to be. Is there a ...
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Do airlines fly directly over the North Pole?

I always like flying to/from north America, since the route usually goes over Greenland. I do like the idea that I am only 10 km away from this inaccessible land. I would love to be able to say that I ...
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Do I have to claim and re-check in my baggage in international transit when traveling with the same airline?

I'll be traveling to Memphis, Tennessee form New Delhi, India via Qatar Airways. The itinerary would be: New Delhi <--> Doha || Doha <--> Chicago || Chicago <--> Memphis Would I be required ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why do hotel booking sites ask for the number of people? Does it matter how many I say?

I was planning a stay at a hotel in Chicago for an overnight layover and checking prices on the hotel's booking site (in this case the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport) for a room with 2 double beds. The ...
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How do I get from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Gare Montparnasse

When I look at the map (linked below) it seems that I can go directly from CDG to Gare Montparnasse on the RER B3 line, but when reading posts it seems that many transfers would be needed. http://...
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How can I have “will call” Greyhound tickets picked up without a photo ID?

A good friend's daughter is in a bad way. Not to get into too many irrelevant details, but... She was sent to Arizona to dry out, ended up getting ripped off and is currently living in a shelter. ...
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Explain meaning of Mumbai Scams

While reading information about Mumbai on wikitravel, before my next business trip, I have found an information about two scams, said to be popular in this city (or entire India?), which either lacks ...
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

I've read that Saudi Arabia doesn't grant tourist visas to independent travelers. I've also read that recently they grant visas to group of travelers, if the tour is organized by a recognized tour ...
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Mount Everest climb cost and total time

I am from Bangladesh. How can I climb Mount Everest, for a reasonable price? How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? And how much time does this campaign usually take?
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Travelling through the Schengen area with a Refugee Travel Document issued by the USA

I just want to double check to make sure I won't run into any issues at the border of entry. I'm a permanent resident of the USA with a green card and I have a travel document issued by the USA (I-...
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What docs to show if I'm a US citizen with no US passport (but with another non-US passport) to re-enter the US

Suppose I am a naturalized citizen of the US, but also a citizen of another country, "XYZ". I then boarded a plane and left the US to another country (maybe not necessarily to XYZ), without first ...
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Can I travel to Paris for a day with a single entry visa for Schengen from Switzerland?

I am visiting a friend in Switzerland for ten days. I have already got visitor's visa for the same on my Indian passport. Particulars mentioned on my visa are: 1. 'Etats Schengen' , 2. Single entry 3....
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Is it safe to drink water with a strong chlorine smell?

Are there any health issues with drinking heavily chlorinated water? During a recent trip to Australia (Queensland, NSW), virtually all tap water I found had a very strong chlorine smell and taste. I ...
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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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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 to use hotmail / email for use on holiday abroad

I have hotmail but it can't be used abroad because of telephone verification. I can't use my phone abroad because of international roaming charges. It would make checking email vey expensive. And it ...
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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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How do you estimate how long it takes to get out of an airport?

Whenever I have to fetch someone from the airport I usually arrive at the airport on the estimated arrival time resulting me spending useless time in the arrival hall. Can you get a reasonable ...
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Middle name missing on flight reservation, can I still fly?

As per passport my name is Manish Kumar Ahuja, but by mistake I book a ticket with the name of Manish Ahuja. My middle name is not on the ticket. Can I fly on this ticket? Because the airline can't ...
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Is there a weight limit for carry-on luggage with United Airlines?

I'm flying in economy with United Airlines, and I know there are limits on the physical size of carry-on bags, but is there a certain weight limit for them?
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How much money do I need to show as proof of support when applying for a UK Standard Visitor visa?

I am an Indian citizen studying in Italy on an Italian visa that expires 19 November, 2015. I have permesso di soggiorno. I want to visit the United Kingdom for my vacations for a week during March. I ...
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Why do public toilets in the US have large gaps (no privacy)?

Most public toilets in the US are very low in privacy, the bottom gap in the door is so big (around 15-20% of the door), the side gaps are too big as well. This will make the toilet experience so ...
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Would a non-business traveler ever benefit from collecting air miles, as compared to simply buying the cheapest ticket available?

Looking at various air miles programs around the world, it seems to me that they're only useful for business travelers, who basically get free flights out of their employer's pocket. However for a ...
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Can I use a passport card as ID in a bar?

Can I use my US passport card to get served in a drinking establishment? I do not have a driver's license and don't like carrying my passport around with me.
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How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?

My friend, a Chilean citizen, is entering the US via waiver program to spend 3 weeks in USA in a couple of weeks. She already got her ESTA approval, the plane ticket, all hotels are already booked (...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

I'm driving for the first time in Europe—in Munich, Germany—and I came across an intersection where there seemed to a "main" signal above, straight ahead, and a "side" signal to the right, near the ...
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New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?

we're traveling to New York for a week in February for my birthday. It's my first trip to the US. :-) We will be flying with Lufthansa but we can't decide to which airport should we land: JFK or ...
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Are there any legal requirements for renting a car in the US as a foreigner?

I am planning a road trip in the US with some friends and plan to rent a car for the purpose. Are there any legal requirements for renting a car. Do they require a US driver's license? Do I have to ...
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Does the rotation of the earth affect the travel time from Europe to Australia?

Assuming that a place in Europe is exactly on the opposite side of the earth than Sydney. Now I want to take a plane to travel there. Does it matter if the plan flies with the rotation of the earth or ...