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How should I deal with beggars in India?

I heard that it is unsafe to show some money or help for someone in India. Is there any rules I should respect not to get into trouble?
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Can you just charge your phone/ipad/laptop at the airport at any outlet?

Recently, a guy got arrested for charging his Nissan Leaf. I don't have an electric car yet, but I do this so often. That is, when I am traveling and I see an outlet I feel free to charge my gadgets. ...
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I have discovered that the hotel room toilet is blocked, but too late :/

Ok, I have used the toilet after holding myself for too long because of a long haul flight and I am not comfortable using the airplane's lavatory. The problem is, after releasing all the damn load, I ...
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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 ...
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The Great Wall of China: Where should I start a visit?

The Great Wall of China is more than 6000 kilometers long. So if I want to see that wall, where should I start my visit? What are typical places to see the wall? I'm interested in places that offer a ...
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Baggage allowance of separate domestic flights with a connecting international flight?

In the US, is there such a rule so that, if you are taking a domestic flight and then taking an international flight, the luggage allowance of the international flight will apply? Because it is quite ...
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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 I need a Turkey transit visa?

I have an Indian passport and am planning to visit Germany with a valid visa. To book a flight for Germany (Mumbai - Dusseldorf), I came across some connected flights that stop at Istanbul. I would ...
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How much money can you take into Canada?

I'll be travelling to Canada from the UK in the near future. Is there a limit to how much money I can carry with me? Ideally I'd like to take 5,000 CAD in order to sort out some legitimate family ...
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Why do airplanes at every airport disembark at the left (port) side?

I travel by air a lot, and at virtually every airport I've ever been too, including where you disembark by stairs, as opposed to by jet bridge, the left-hand-doors are always used; and the ...
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Validity of UK passport required to visit Italy

I am planning a trip to Italy in January of 2012. I am just wondering if I will be allowed to enter the country as my UK passport has less than 6 months remaining until it is due to be renewed.
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Is 50 minutes enough time to transfer between Terminal A and C at Newark (EWR)?

We'll be arriving at Newark airport (with two kids under 7) at Terminal A and our flight connection is in Terminal C. Is that enough time to catch the connecting flight? Update: both flights are on ...
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Are there any airlines that allow electronic cigarettes?

Unfortunately, I am a smoker. In the 20th century things were easier and many airlines allowed smoking onboard which is almost impossible now. Anyway the electronic cigarettes were introduced few ...
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The website says the Eiffel Tower is sold out for two months. Is there anything I can do?

I went to the Eiffel Tower web site looking to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, and found that, except for a few days, it is sold out for basically two months. I am guessing that it is not truly ...
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Does an EU citizen need a visa to visit Australia for holidays?

Is a visa required, or is just a passport enough, for a short holiday trip to Australia? Specifically, how is it for citizens of Nordic EU member countries such as Finland?
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How does one recover from a (personal) disaster while abroad, travel-wise?

I was watching the Bond flick Die Another Day last night. In it, Bond ends up in terrible shape, but manages to escape to the shores of Hong Kong, where he strolls into the lobby of a swanky hotel, is ...
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Why do airlines prohibit having two infants in the same row?

If a family is travelling with infants under 2 years old, these infants will not need a seat (of course you can buy them a seat if you want), and they can just sit in their parents' laps. Given that, ...
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Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Chinese visa? And do you have to stick to it?

There are certain countries which in order to be granted a visa you must submit your intended itinerary. My friend tells me that he thinks China is one of those countries. What do independent ...
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Is there an international standard for medical prescriptions, you can carry around and show to any pharmacy?

I have a condition that only sometimes needs medication, most of the time not. My doctor gave me a set of prescriptions I can use when the condition surfaces. I only go to the pharmacy to fetch that ...
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Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?

I am traveling from Singapore to San Francisco and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 7.5 hours at Tokyo Airport (NRT). I am wondering if I would be allowed to go out to experience the ...
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Why do passports expire?

Based on this question, why do passports expire? What possible function does it serve to limit their validity in time?
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2FABE - the 'secret' international travel postcard stamp code?

I was told about this about three years ago, that if you were desperate and didn't have time to buy stamps for a postcard, merely putting the code '2FABE' would get your postcard to its intended ...
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Is it fair to buy a return ticket I know I will never use just because it's cheaper?

I am planning a trip to Asia and then back to Rio. The thing is that I am traveling on flexible dates, so I am thinking of buying a one way ticket to Hong Kong, and I was planning to do the same when ...
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What do “Fragile” stickers on checked baggage do?

When traveling by air and checking bags, some airlines will let you declare an item as fragile and put stickers on the box or bag. How common is this policy? What do the fragile stickers do (i.e. how ...
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Where does Ryanair allow carrying a separate duty-free bag?

I read that Ryanair now allows carrying a bag of airport purchases ("duty free") in addition to one carry-on bag, but only in certain airports. In which airports?
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What happens if you lose your passport at an airport / during transit?

Once, when flying from India to the UK, I left my passport on the plane's seat-back pocket and forgot that I left it there until I reached the passport control desks. Fortunately in this case, I ...
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Transit visa needed for Australia when flying from New Zealand to South Africa?

I'm flying with Qantas from Johannesburg to New Zealand in 9 days. On the way back I have to wait 14 hours for next flight. Not going to leave the airport (Melbourne airport). Do I need a visa for ...
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A day at Dubai International Airport and the city?

On my way to India I'm planning to stay one day in Dubai. I would arrive at 6am in the morning and leave at 3am the next day. My naive plan is to lock my backpack at the airport and then walk into ...
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How can I find the maximum permitted mileage (MPM) between two cities?

Apparently the IATA publishes a list of the "maximum permitted mileage" (MPM) between a large set of city pairs. This mileage is referenced in airline fares. For example, in order to get an award ...
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Tactics to avoid getting harassed by corrupt police

In Uzbekistan I was stopped, searched and questioned six times in one day. At the border with Tajikistan, one official tried hiding my paperwork to elicit something from me. In Kyrgyzstan, I was ...
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Do all American ATMs charge an extra fee for cash withdrawls on a foreign card?

I've just gone to take some cash out of an ATM (Cash Machine) in Seattle. I visited about half a dozen in the end, and every single one wanted to charge me an extra fee (typically about $3) for the ...
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London Heathrow airport - do I need a transit visa?

I am traveling from the US to India via London Heathrow on November 6. I will be at LHR on 7th at 6:20 am and departing at 9:25 pm. I'm an Indian national and have a valid US visa. Do I need a ...
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Schengen visa for UK citizen?

Since I am a UK citizen I require a Schengen VISA to pass through Europe when I go travelling this year. However where do I get one, I have checked the EU Parliament site and cannot find anything ...
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My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or before travel?

My passport expires April 2013, can I renew it after my travel to US in December or should I do it before I travel?
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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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Are there any techniques, tricks, or tactics to avoid a one-way fee when renting a car?

Very often, when renting a car and dropping it off at a different location than where you picked it up, you have to pay a huge one-way fee. Have you successfully used any technique, trick, or tactic ...
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What's a good gift to bring from Sweden for people I couchsurf with?

I will be leaving on a 22-day trip around Europe pretty soon and will be visiting the homes of 6-7 couchsurfers. I want to bring them a small gift or souvenir from Sweden as a return for their ...
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How can I extend my stay in Europe for longer than 90 in 180 days?

I am an Australian citizen and I wish to base myself in Amsterdam for four or five months. As an Australian I get to stay in the Schengen area for a cumulative 90 days in any 180 day period without a ...
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How to find the duration of stay in Singapore for Pakistani passport?

I am Pakistani national holding Pakistani passport. I am planning to apply for the Singapore Tourist Visa at the Singapore Consulate Karachi. The visa provide by Singapore consulate is almost similar ...
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What class of travel is suitable for a woman travelling alone on Indian railways?

What class should a lone woman travel on a sleeper train to be safe at night?
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Can you travel to the US 6 months before your tourist visa expires?

I've heard that you can't travel to the US 6 months before your visa expires. Is that true? Or does that only apply to 6 months until the expiration of the passport? (Or does it apply to neither?)
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Countries with no visa requirements on its visitors

Recently I learnt that Andorra has no visa restrictions to its visitors (citizens of any country) and free to enter if they hold a passport or EU national identity card. Are there any other ...
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How long does it take to get into London from Southend airport?

I am attending a conference in the ExCel in London and am flying in that morning. The best value flights are all flying into Southend airport which I hadn't heard of before so I am wondering how long ...
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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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What should I wear in the tropics during the rainy season?

Am going to Panama during the rainy season with my kids. What should we wear/take to be comfortable in the humidity? What kind of shoes? umbrellas? How do we avoid mosquito and chigger bites?
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How do I get a free Hostelworld Gold card?

I heard that Hostelworld gives out regularly free Gold Cards. But how can I get such a card? I couldn't find anything one their homepage.
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What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?

There are many different kinds of insect repellents and bug sprays on the market: sprays and lotions, chemical and natural, huge percentages of DEET and lower percentages, etc. What type of mosquito ...
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Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?

In this Economist blog it is stated: In the most religious parts of America, it is tough being a secular teenager. Many of the kids at Camp Quest say that, at school, they either keep quiet about ...
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How to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining without notice?

I can totally understand someone reclining his seat on a long-distance flight. On a short hop, I don't have any sympathy for anyone using his "right" to recline his seat. The seat pitch on short ...
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What time does the Seoul subway system open in the morning?

A friend of mine at my hostel here in Seoul needs to get to Gimpo Airport in the morning and is asking what time the subway system commences operation. I've looked at the Wikitravel page for Seoul ...