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Can you go to the Maldives without assistance of a travel agency?

Organizing your travel without agents is almost always cheaper and more fun. But does that also apply for Maldives? Can I just travel to the Maldives? Do you have some tips or experiences to report?
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Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?

Given the superstitious nature of some travellers, are flights cheaper on Friday the 13th? image source from Wikipedia I have some anecdotal evidence of this, including a friend who moved ...
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Will Flightfox benefit me if I'm only looking for 'ethical' flights?

I'm hoping I can pose this question in such a way that it will be objective enough to be answerable. When I'm preparing for a trip, I generally start watching air fare prices well in advance, and ...
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Free street parking in Paris

I'm going to stay in Paris for 18 hours approx (from 18:00 on Thursday until 11:00 on Friday). and I found closed car parks for €30 per day, which is ok. The problem is that I might want to use the ...
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How to deal with excess baggage?

I might have some excess bagage on my next flight with KLM. According to KLM's website excess baggage could be checked in online with a 20% discount. Are there other options? Long, long ago there ...
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Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?

I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way to get from Brussels to Paris by train than Thalys. Thalys prices are alright if you book some time in advance, but it can be quite expensive if you book only a ...
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How can I find bundled air fare discounts?

I recently used Flightfox to book a flight from Monterrey, Mexico to London. The cheapest flight I found was US$1109, Flightfox found one for $959. It was well worth my $49 fee. However, I'm ...
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What's the cheapest public transportation option to get from Ventimiglia (in Italy) to Antibes?

I want to get from Ventimiglia to Antibes using public transport. I know that the TER train costs about 10 Euros. Is there a cheaper way (a bus maybe?)
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Cheapest accommodation in Motobu, Okinawa?

I'm interested in finding the absolute cheapest place to sleep overnight in Motobu, Okinawa. There doesn't seem to be any hostels on the usual websites but I've noticed that there seems to be a kind ...
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Why did the price of Turkish on-arrival visas for Australians just rise by 200%?

So I've had to get three visas for Turkey in the last couple of years and each time it cost € 15 / $ 20. But a few days ago I met some Australian travellers here in Georgia who just came from ...
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Advice on how to attend the auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

I'm very aware of this question about the Tsukiji fish market but I'd really like to be there in time for the auction so that I can take pictures of it. Since the first train is at 5am and I don't ...
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Is there a site that gives travelling opportunities in Europe if you don't care about the destination or the date?

I'm interested in travelling around Europe the cheapest way possible, but I don't really care about the order in which I visit countries and I'm 100% flexible for both departure and return date. I'm ...
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Is travelling as an international courier still a possibility for cheap air travel?

Many years ago when I first started travelling, one of the tips you heard for a great way to get cheap international air tickets was to travel as a courier carrying items for specialized courier ...
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Apartment vs Hotel - Dubai downtown?

I am planning to visit Dubai in december for 3 days on my way to India. We are a family of 5 and I am looking for a best accommodation option in Dubai. I am confused whether to stay in apartment or ...
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Renting apartaments for less than month in Europe?

In the European countries which I have visit, renting apartments or room for short term, strongly increases its price. On the other hand, in many of the South Asian countries, price of all terms ...
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Travel (living) cost in the US for two weeks (New York and Los Angeles) [closed]

PLEASE NOTE that this question is more about finding out people's experience. I would appreciate it if someone shares his/her experience during US travel. I am open to anything. I will be visiting US ...
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Website/app with list of best low-cost flights deals within EU by city/airport?

I am looking for a website/application that will allow me to monitor some airport or airports in some area and send me the deals when something is interesting (much cheaper than average) to my mail. ...
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Ferry from Motobu, Okinawa to Kagoshima, Kyushu?

I know there is a ferry from Naha, Okinawa to Kagoshima, Kyushu. I know it takes on the order of a whole day or longer and that its price is approximately equivalent to $150. I am also aware that ...
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Free / cheap ways to get airport lounge access?

Until recently, I had a complimentary Priority Pass card. Although the Priority Pass lounges aren't generally great, they are better than nothing when travelling on an airline where you don't have ...
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Cheap way to get from Costa Rica to Tikal, Guatemala

I'd like to visit Tikal, Guatemala, but according to Rome2Rio, it's going to cost me at least $600 US to fly, which I find to be an exorbitant amount. What is the cheapest way to get from anywhere in ...
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What is cheapest way to fly around SE Asia in a circuit - hub with roundtrip tickets or sequence of oneway tickets?

Is it better (cheaper) to hub out of Singapore and buy round trip tickets from hub or buy one way tickets around the region? (I fly to SG Thursday. I am planning to visit SG, Bali, Jakarta, Vietnam, ...
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Is Clark (Philippines) worth a visit for 4 days [closed]

I am planning different options for a 4 day trip. I got cheap flights for a place called Clark in Philippines from Singapore. But I don't know much about Clark and Philippines. I want to know what are ...
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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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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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Viewing a Soyuz launch on the cheap?

So in 2010 I was in Florida at the scheduled launch of Discovery, only to have it delayed until February of 2011 :( Alas, I was not able to return and therefore will never get to see a Space Shuttle ...
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Is there a ticket for all ferries in the Greek Islands?

Is there some kind of economic ticket to travel several times on the Greek ferries to the Greek islands ?
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airpot, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general basis ...
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Family visit to Disneyland Paris [closed]

What is the cheapest way to get Disneyland Paris tickets for a family of 2 adults and a 9 year old kid around Easter?
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Is there student dorm accommodation in Leipzig (Germany) for non-students?

I'm intending to spend this summer in Leipzig, Germany and I'm searching for an accommodation. My friends were in Stuttgart and they managed to find a good place in Kolping House in Stuttgart, which ...
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What is the cheapest way to stay in London for a week? [closed]

What is the most cost effective way to stay in London for a week? Should I stay at a B&B, rent an apartment for a week, or stay at a hotel? Should I stay in London or the outskirts of the city?
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Which ferry from China to South Korea is the cheapest?

In less than two weeks my Chinese visa will expire and I'm considering taking one of the ferries to South Korea. I don't care about which part of China it leaves from, there are several choices. I ...
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Where to buy cheap secondhand samue and yukata in Tokyo?

I will be next few days in Tokyo (Shinjuku area) and I want to buy secondhand samue and a yukata. Anyone can recommend something?
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Cheaper alternatives to travel to Hokkaido?

I have looked up on ways to get to Hokkaido from within Japan (particularly from Tokyo or Osaka) or even directly to Hokkaido first before travelling to other parts of Japan, but they all seemed ...
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What options are available to go from Leuven/Brussels to Luxembourg?

I would like to visit Luxembourg this weekend. I have tried the Megabus, Eurolines and even the Belgian Rail (see P.S.). I was wondering if there is any direct connection between Leuven/Brussels to ...
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What is the cheapest and most efficient way to travel around Jamaica?

I'm thinking about going to Jamaica next spring, but I am pretty unfamiliar with the infrastructure of the country. I'd like to go to Ochos Rios and maybe Montego Bay for a few days, then make my way ...
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Hostel accommodation in Geneva

I'm struggling for choices of hostel accommodation in Geneva first weekend of December. between hostel world, hostel bookers, YHA and Hi hostels there are only four options under (only just under) ...
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What is the best time to book the car train to Livorno?

I have been meaning to take the car train to Livorno. I always seem to start to late. Should I book now for next summer, or will the fee drop at some stage between now and then?
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Cheap method from Hamburg to Paris [closed]

What is the cheapest way to travel from Hamburg to Paris and back? I think flights are comparatively expensive, specially, as I know of no Ryanair hub around there. A slower way than flying is ...
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If your travel dates are flexible how should you pick your dates to get the greatest savings? [closed]

When traveling for leisure most people have flexibility in which dates they can choose off before hand and have a priority to travel in the most cost effective means possible. Either to enable them to ...
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Paying by credit card while overseas cheaper in US dollars or in the local currency?

Recently I had to pay for a hotel in a foreign country using credit card, and the guy at the hotel asked me if I wanted the bill to be paid in the local currency or in US dollars. I didn't even know I ...
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Which of these places in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands would be the most accessible?

There's a solar eclipse on May 10 that covers part of Papua New Guinea. There are four feasible options to see it, as far as I can tell from the path. Alotau, on the east of Papua New Guinea. ...
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Is this a realistic backpacking trip in Europe?

I'm trying to plan a backpacking trip in Europe but I'm not really sure where to start. We'll be flying from the US into most likely London. Our budget is about 2,000 USD (per person) not including ...
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Bargaining at street stalls and secondhand shops in Mongolia

I love books and I especially love used books. I've discovered to my surprise that Ulaanbaatar has quite a lot of used bookshops. But when I ask the price of a book it is always quite a bit higher ...
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How do I find cheap flights when I don't care about the date? [duplicate]

I more often than not don't really care about travel times, I would happily seek out the cheapest time within a 2-3 month period. All the online sites I come across give you the option to select a ...
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Cheap/free parking near Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

The official low-cost parking near Frankfurt-Hahn airport is not really low cost with prices starting at 3.50 EUR/day. I will fly to Scotland for a week and now I'm looking for an alternative ...
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Student train discounts in Germany without BahnCard?

I'd like to visit Hamburg on 26th December this year, travelling by train from Poland. I've got a valid (Polish) student ID and I'm wondering if there's any discount I could get because of that. I ...
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What unusual means of public/share transportation exist around the world?

I wanted to ask about all possible means of transportation, but buses and trains are too obvious, so this question is about those specific only to few cultural regions or a certain place. I am ...
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How do travel agents see much lower prices?

I am looking for hotels in NYC and in LAS VEGAS. The weird thing is I am searching all over the internet, on kayak, booking the official site of the hotel etc. But I get let's say price of $1000 for ...
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Cheaper Contiki-style trips than Contiki

I want to go on a Contiki-style trip while I'm young enough to do so. However, I looked at Contiki's web site, and found the prices a little bit high. For example, Beaches and Reefs (Start Cairns) is ...
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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 ...