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How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?

I know that review sites like TripAdvisor have fake reviews (some hotels more than others) - how can I make sure I am looking at the 'real' reviews as using TripAdvisor can be very tricky to filter ...
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What kind of things can you take from a hotel?

Hotels normally provide a big amount of sets (well, depending on the quality, but however, many!) that can help you feel more comfortable there. So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, ...
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What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs have become a real problem recently, with more and more places reporting outbreaks. What can you do to avoid being exposed to these nasty parasites? If you do get exposed, what can you do ...
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Is there a list of free accomodation resources?

I want to travel abroad cheap, and I would prefer to find some place to stay through a person or website, rather than book a hotel or hostel. There is couchsurfing.com, which I know about. Can you ...
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Why do some hotels etc and other accommodation have rules against washing clothes in your room or in the sink?

In some hotels and other kinds of accommodation including hostels and I believe even campgrounds there is a rule against hand washing your laundry in the sink or handbasin, or in your room. I'm sure ...
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Getting into a fully booked hotel?

Perchance where I'm travelling to has really crappy availability in terms of vacancies for when I'm going. All of the hotels near the area are fully booked for the weekend. I called the front desk for ...
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Can I spend some time in a real prison as a tourist attraction?

I know there are hotels built in buildings that used to be a prison. Is it possible to do some jail time as a tourist, somewhere? That is without doing the crime and only for a short period, just for ...
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Is there a feasible way to combine hitchhiking and couch surfing?

On my previous trip I tried hitchhiking for the first time and became addicted so this year I'm spending six to twelve months traveling in East Asia and Eastern Europe. I also tried couch surfing for ...
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Travel in Morocco during Ramadan?

I'm planning to visit Morocco this summer with my girlfriend, from 20/07 to 3/08. We'll arrive during Ramadan, and I've heard and read many things about the change of lifestyle there, but at the end, ...
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What is a good town/place to stay at, in order to visit the Dead Sea?

I am wanting to see the Dead Sea. Is there anywhere safe/nice to stay on the Israeli/Palestinian side of the sea? Travel guides I have read recommend travelling from Jerusalem but its circa 40km ...
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Long term vacation on Falkland islands?

Has anyone ever been there? I was wondering if anyone knows any "local" classifieds site there for a somewhat mid-long term accommodation (3 months?) without staying in a Hotel. Also, does anyone know ...
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Where can I find short term apartment rental offers in Berlin?

I'm looking to rent an apartment in Berlin for three months starting in April. What websites / real estate agents / vacation rental companies exist for renting an apartment long term in Berlin? I've ...
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Are short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.) legal in Singapore?

Are short-term rentals like those offered by Airbnb, Roomorama, etc legal in Singapore? There are obviously lots of listings, and Roomorama is actually headquartered in Singapore, but there's also a ...
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Is it usual for Japanese sentos to offer cheap overnight stays like their Korean counterparts (jjimjilbangs) do?

Japan and Korea both have similar concepts of communal bath houses. In Japan they are called sentos and in Korea they are called jjimjilbangs. In Korea it is usual that jjimjilbangs offer very cheap ...
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Are inexpensive ryokans inauthentic?

A lot of people I talk to, including Japanese and non-Japanese, claim that ryokans are expensive. Once, when I discussed this further and said that some places that I've been to describe themselves ...
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What is a good town to use as a base to explore the Speyside region of Scotland

I will be in the Speyside region for a couple of days mainly exploring whisky distilleries, I will have a car and a sober driver, I'm just looking for a nice town to stay in for a couple of days. ...
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What's the address of this guesthouse in Bulgaria?

A few weeks ago travelling with friends in Bulgaria we stayed at a guesthouse of an older lady named Rosa who basically accosted us and climbed into our car when we arrived in the old town of Veliko ...
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Is squatting a viable alternative for accommodation?

I have encountered references (e.g. hitchwiki) that list squatting (staying in a an abandoned building as I understand it) as a cheap accommodation. I have however some concerns: it is illegal in ...
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Where should I stay in London with an early Heathrow departure?

I'll be in London for one night coming in from Cambridge the prior afternoon with a 10:15 AM flight out of Heathrow. I'm looking for a nice area with some good pubs to spend the evening. I'd like to ...
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How to find budget accommodation in Iran?

I usually stay in hostels or guest houses when travelling, it is much easier to meet people than in hotels and usually cheaper too. Coming up is a trip through Iran and the usual suspects like ...
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How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia?

So I know Saudi Arabia is know for being rich and for not issuing tourist visas. But if somebody were to go there on some other type of visa, such as a business visa, and then attempt some ...
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How to determine if a hostel room is a walk-through room?

This summer I stayed in a hostel in Moscow. The ratings from Hostelworld weren't that bad. I have to admit that I have seen places far worse, but one thing really annoyed me: We booked a room in a 6 ...
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Cancelling hotel after getting a visa?

I am a doctoral student in Germany and am inviting my parents from India for a short visit. I sent them an official invitation letter from the Ausländerbehörde which is called Verpflichtungserklärung. ...
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Accommodation in Tokyo for a party of four

We are going to Japan in the beginning of April and we are looking for good accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto for two adults and two teenagers. We would like interesting options that take us into the ...
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Are there actually any hostels in Macau?

I'm considering a cheap flight from Taiwan to Macau but I'm not sure there are any truly budget accommodations. The Wikivoyage page says there are two hostels, but does not go into details: ...
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Are there hostels in Guernsey?

Hostel World and HostelBookers have no entries for Guernsey, and a Google search for "hostels in Guernsey" returns only links for hotels. Are there any hostels or shared non-camping accommodation?
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How do I minimize total cost of separate flights to the same destination plus optionally accommodation?

My girlfriend and I are currently living in different countries, and meet occasionally for a few days every month or so. We don't really care all that much where we are going, as long as we don't need ...
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Places with cheapest accommodation in Schengen area

A significant part of the costs of traveling is accommodation. In which cities in the Schengen area is it cheapest to find a place to stay? Please assume a double room. I'm interested in answers ...
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Is there an EU law that a hotel can't kick you out if you're sick?

Someone told me that there was an EU law that said that if a doctor certifies you as sick (to some degree) and you're staying in a hotel, that the hotel cannot kick you out of the room. Update Just ...
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Turkey sea-side cottages

We’d like to go to Turkey next summer to have two weeks holiday. There will be relatively big number of us – 6-8 adults and 3-4 kids. People will be coming from different places – mostly UK, Russia ...
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Tel Aviv a good base to see Israel & Palestine?

I'm planning to spend 3 weeks in Israel & Palestine. I'm open to seeing all of the region apart from the Gaza Strip. I'm told the region is relatively small and I could feasibly stay in Tel Aviv ...
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Accommodation search engine that allows setting an approximate price range without a date?

While looking for accommodation for my vacation, I have become rather frustrated with sites like booking.com where you have to set the check-in and check-out dates before you see any prices. ...
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Patagonia by bike: where to find accommodations info?

As a mid-term plan, I am preparing for a bike trip in Patagonia (Bariloche to Ushuaia). Given the length of the trip I expect it will take about 3 weeks (I am planning for ~100Km/day). This means ...
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Where to stay for London nightlife?

For those looking to travel to London and enjoy the nightlife, where would be the best area to stay? Requirements are nearby bars, alcohol and 20-something crowd all preferably within walking ...
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Where to sleep in the Salar of Uyuni?

I'm planning to go to the Salar of Uyuni in April, and I've been told that in the night it might get very cold there. I've read on some blogs that some accommodations might be very uncomfortable with ...
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Long walking trails in Europe with accommodation enroute

What waymarked walking trails in Europe allow you to stay in hotels/guest houses/b&bs every night along the trails? I'm looking specifically for way-marked trails that you can walk along for 5 ...
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Annapurna Tilicho Lake without camping?

The Tilicho Lake is a side trek in the Annapurna circuit. Usually, the Annapurna circuit is traveled from guesthouse to guesthouse, without outdoor camping. Is it possible to visit the Tilicho Lake ...
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How do I create all-inclusive travel packages for a wedding?

My fiancée and I are planning a wedding in South America, and we'd like to make it as attractive and hassle-free as possible for our American guests to attend. To get them excited about the wedding, ...
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Fuerteventura surfing and quiet romantic accomodation

My partner and I are looking to go surfing in Fuerteventura in November and we're looking for recommendations for a surf school and accommodation. We'd like to be able to sit in the evenings, listen ...
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How many accommodation types are recognized in German?

Next to the usual hotel aggregators like booking.com, expedia, etc I am using Google Maps to search for accommodation. It really works well if you search for accommodation in the local language. For ...
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Could you actually get in trouble if you don't stick to the transport and accommodation stated in your visa application?

For some countries to apply for a visa you must provide proof of: Travelling to and/or from the country, sometimes the document even specifies flight ticket. Accommodation booked, sometimes just the ...
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Are there any hostels in Iran?

Throughout Europe and the major cities in the Caucasus it is pretty easy to find Hostels/Backpackers. These are great places to relax and meet other travellers, a home away from home, to use the ...
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What is the highest altitude town or village with accommodation in Cambodia?

After boiling and baking myself for a month and a half all around Cambodia, I'm wondering about places I could go up in the mountains in the country. Specifically I'm wondering what the highest ...
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Accommodation for a large group in Cairns in November 2012

I'm organising a largish group (around 10, hopefully) to go to Cairns in November for the total solar eclipse on the 14th. With a group that size, it'd be nice if we could have a place to ourselves - ...
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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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How to find accommodation on a multi-island trip to the Azores?

The Azores seems like a very interesting place to do. Most planes arrive at Ponta Delgada, but from there every Azores portal advises to do a multi-island journey. There are a multitude of companies ...
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Where can I stay with a pool in room in north east USA?

My husband and I are looking for a hotel/resort/inn (etc.) that has the option of a room with a private pool. A fireplace and 2 person jacuzzi / hot tub would also be a big plus. The accommodation ...
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What's the absolute cheapest accommodation in Ioannina Greece?

So hitchhiking is an unpredictable way to travel which is fun but tonight I find myself in downtown Ioannina, Greece. Usually I'm pretty good at finding cheap lodgings but it turns out I'm not very ...
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Four to six days in Scottish Highlands - questions about renting cars and accommodation

I will be spending some 4 to 6 days in Scotland with my wife in about 2 weeks. We plan on driving around and seeing some of the beautiful sightings and places in the Highlands (and islands, maybe?). ...
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How can I find short-term private room accommodations in London?

I've lived in London in flats for 4 years - but am travelling at the moment. When I return, I'll need some accommodation for 2-4 weeks - just short term. Hostels are one option, but they're per ...