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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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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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Why are some airplane seats numbered “DEK”?

I'm in an Avianca Airbus A320 and the seats are numbered ABC, DEK. Any particular reason why not "DEF"?
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Is Spirit Airlines's $9 Fare Club worth it?

Has anyone tried Spirit Airlines's $9 fare club membership ($60/year)? What do you get with your membership, and what makes it worth it?
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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 can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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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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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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Schengen tourist visa rejected. 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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UK Visa Rejected - Can I reapply immediately?

I applied for the UK tourism visa. I mentioned that I was going to travel only for 2 weeks. However I got rejected because I didn't mention in the application, that I was working, nor mentioned that ...
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How can I use my Verizon “Global Ready” smartphone in the UK and France?

I'd like to use my Droid Razr Maxx phone, obtained from Verizon in the United States, on an upcoming trip to the UK and France. The product specs claim it is global ready, and it has an accessible SIM ...
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Do I need to apply for a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist on an Australian passport?

Do I need to apply for a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist for a few days when travelling on an Australian passport? Or will I be able to get one on arrival?
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Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport there are prominent "No Balloons" signs on each entrance to train platforms. What is the story or rationale behind that ban?
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Why do they sell luggage in airports?

It seems that in almost every airport I'm in, there are luggage stores behind security. How often do people get to the airport carrying handfuls of clothes and needing something to put them in? I ...
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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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How to redeem an American Airlines voucher?

Recently I traveled with American Airlines. I had a bad experience as I felt they were terribly outdated, so I complained with their customer service, who, ironically, gave me a paper voucher that I ...
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How do I redeem airline vouchers when booking through a website?

So, I got bumped from a United flight a while back (last April to be exact, so I'm nearing the one year mark). As part of the voluntary bump, I got a $400 voucher to be used towards purchasing ...
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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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Airport security: what if I carry an item with traces of explosive?

One day I was travelling from UK to Switzerland, the security officer at Gatwick airport check (with a kind of swab) all my electronic devices (mainly phone and camera chargers + cables) to see if it ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?

Given the extensive time taken for immigration formalities in the US, what is the shortest time to consider between connecting flights in the US, when coming from abroad? Until now I have always ...
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Boarding pass with TSA pre check mark - what does it mean?

Why did my boarding pass have TSA PRE check mark on it?
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What is the cheapest way of traveling from Berlin to Krakow?

A friend suggested going by bus to Poznan and from there by train to Krakow. He said there is no particular reason to go to Poznan, but as whole it's a nice trip. You get to know a bit of Poland and ...
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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 ...
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Can you bring an empty water bottle with you on the plane?

I know you can't bring bottled water and such with you on the plane. However, is it safe to bring an empty bottle with you to fill up later? Or do you risk losing your possibly expensive/fancy/awesome ...
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US Domestic Airline Baggage Allowance?

I have been checking to see what the Domestic Flight baggage allowance is for flights in the US. I will be using mainly United Airlines and American Airlines. Some sites are saying 23kg others are ...
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How to visit Malbork Castle from Gdansk?

I'm wondering how I can visit Malbork Castle if I'm visiting Gdansk. Wikitravel says that Malbork is 1.5 hours from Gdansk by train, but doesn't say how much the train is and if it's allowed to go ...
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Name has “Mr” appended on reservation, airline will not reply

I recently booked tickets to travel by plane from the UK to Greece. The website I booked through (airfasttickets.co.uk) lists my name correctly, as "Mr Georgios [My surname]", exactly the same as in ...
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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't check-in to a hotel because I am 18

I'm 18 and traveling to the East Coast of the USA. I am staying in Syracuse, NY for 2 days, but can't seem to find a hotel that will let me check in. Are there any hotels in Syracuse with a minimum ...
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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports?

Many countries require a passport to be valid for six months. Sometimes these six months are counted from the date of departure, or from the date of entrance. Even though some of these countries only ...
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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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I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?

My Mother just returned from a two week trip to New Zealand today. When she arrived back home in the States it was pointed out that the page with her signature in her passport was ripped out making it ...
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

I'd wish to visit Dubai with my girlfriend, but after reading this travel advice and this question on sex and couples in Dubai I started to get a little worried about it. How should I book an hotel? ...
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Aerosol cans in the checked luggage?

Is it allowed to carry aerosol spray cans (deodorant, insect repellant, waterproofer, spray point, i.e. any common thing you can think of that typically comes in spray bottles) in the checked luggage ...
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What can you do about being forced to sit next to a very large passenger?

My mum is up in arms about that fact that she sat next to a (very) obese gentleman on her flight causing sufficient discomfort for her to grab the cabin jumpseat in cruise. The flight was a ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)

We have returned from Russia 4 days ago (Moscow-St.Petersburg-Prague). After we've arrived to Prague, we learned that our luggage didn't come in our airplane and was lost. Today we've received ...
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When walking on the road, is it safer to walk in the same or opposite direction as the traffic?

I don't know this question will qualify for this site or not, but, I have this question. When you are walking on the road anywhere (any country, city, etc), Which is safer? Walking in the ...
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Suitcases: hard or soft? Canvas, polycarbonate or something else?

So I'm in the market for a suitcase. And let's start by making it clear that I do need a suitcase: point to point trip on a plane to a cold weather destination with lots of baby stuff, souvenirs and ...
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What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online train ticket reservation?

What is the difference between i-ticket and e-ticket in India's online ticket booking? When we book online train tickets in India through the Government website of www.irctc.co.in, we have a option ...
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What is the most comfortable way to sleep on a plane?

Some people have the amazing ability to doze off whenever and wherever they are. For the rest of us, sleeping on planes is a constant battle of trying to get comfortable in a cramped space. There are ...
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How can I book a flight plan found on Matrix Airfare Search?

When I find a flight I like on the Matrix Airfare Search, it spits out a bunch of travel agent secret codes™. If I look for the same flight on the airline's web site, I often get much higher rates. ...
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Which are the best airlines for travelling with infants?

We are planning to go on a trans-atlantic flight (> 10 hrs) with an infant. To help defray costs, we're considering just getting a "lap" ticket for our (would-be) 1 year old. Which airlines, in your ...
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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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How to get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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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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Why does a passport have a place of birth field on it?

Almost all passports I have seen have a place of birth field on them. For instance, on the Indian Passport, and on the US Passport, Is there a specific reason to this?
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Will I need a power converter for my laptop? (U.S. based.) to Philippines?

It's a standard U.S. Dell laptop. I'll be in Manila, mostly in a hotel for a conference.
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One-way versus return airfare tickets

It seems like one-way tickets are always more expensive than buying round-trip. But what if I have two destinations? For example I would like to go on the following itinerary this March: London ...