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Where is the quietest place on Earth?

I just wondered if there is a known "most quiet" place on Earth. Perhaps people have measured "ambient" sound throughout the year in various places claimed to be the most quiet. And perhaps one has ...
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When and where do I have the highest chance of seeing auroras?

I'm wondering what time of year is best, and what locations might be best, for catching the aurora. I'm currently thinking of February up at Sweden's ice hotel, but since the whole point of the trip ...
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Where can someone see flowing lava at roughly Easter time?

A trip is being planned at roughly Easter 2012 (to match school schedules) that can go anywhere in the world as long it meets these two criteria: there is flowing lava you can see (not just cooled ...
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Where to find good cave-swimming?

I'd love to travel to a place that has a good cave-swimming adventure.* I'd like it to be: Safe Warm Fun Suitable for an amateur Good for photography is a bonus I'd love it if it's a cave that's ...
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Snowfall at sea level closest to the equator?

My question is simple. Which is the place closest to Equator, in any country, where has snowfall occured? By that I mean snowfall only at sea level - mountains are excluded. I can't find anything ...
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Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?

Within the next few days I'm going to start a trip from the very south of Kyushu to the very North of Hokkaido. I'm a bit of a foodie and I'm a huge fan of hot spicy food of all kinds, be it black ...
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Is there a nudist / FKK backpacker hostel anywhere in the world?

So there are thousands of backpacker hostels in the world and there are many FKK beaches, resorts, and other accommodations designed for nudists in the world. But has anyone yet opened a hostel for ...
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Searching for bikeable offensive town names in Europe like “Fucking”

Last summer I did a bicycle tour from Fucking in Germany to Petting in Austria. (I know most people normally do it the other way round) On the way you can take a lot of funny pictures. The ...
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Are there any women-only places in the world?

It looks like reports of a women-only city in Saudi Arabia are greatly exaggerated. But are there any other places in the world where the population is entirely or almost entirely female? The place ...
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Where's the cheapest place in the world for a beginner to learn diving?

Would it mostly be in Southeast Asia? Or somewhere else? In response to this Q being "put on hold" for being too broad, let me add the following: Include only cost of equipment rental and lessons. ...
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Is tourism beneficial to the economies of places affected by natural disasters?

Is tourism to regions that were hit several months ago by natural disasters (for example, the north-eastern part of Honshu, Japan) good for the local economy, and for the people of that area? Just to ...
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I am looking for a hotel search engine for rural areas

I am trying to find a bucolic holiday destination, which means finding a nice hotel in a small beautiful village for spending some quiet time. Most search engines are only finding major cities, and ...
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Seeing puffins in their natural habitat

A friend has just returned from Iceland, and while they enjoyed it, they were disappointed not to see puffins as it was the wrong time of year. Where else could you see puffins in their natural ...
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Where are some interesting places with wildlife, nature-views, and/or historical sites in the very North of Finland, Norway and Sweden?

We'll be driving from Östersund (Sweden) to Narvik (Norway), Hammerfest (Norway), Kirkenes (Norway) and Haparanda (Sweden), in that order. We'll be making the trip next summer. These are quite long ...
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Central Asia in 2012: Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan?

The other day, Lonely Planet published an article on the Top 10 best value destinations for 2012. One of the destinations which lured my attention is Tajikistan. According to LP, one of Tajikistan's ...
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Where can I travel if I want to see cheetahs?

My favorite animals are cheetahs. So I would like to see them in the natural habitats. Where should I travel to to maximize my chances?
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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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Recommended destinations located close to Siem Reap, Cambodia [closed]

My wife and I are planning an "adventure" honeymoon to South East Asia in February 2012. We have our eye currently on Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia). Our honeymoon will be for 2 weeks and we are ...
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What places offer both good scuba diving and surfing?

It seems like most places are either good for surfing or diving, but not both. Purely anecdotally, it seems like the clearer the water, the smaller the waves are. I'm an intermediate level surfer ...
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In which places is a cruise a viable travel option for independent travelers?

Most independent travelers are down on cruises, placing them somewhere between package tours and a Turkish prison on the list of ways they would spend their vacation. "Treated like cattle", "only see ...
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Buffalo meat for dining

I just went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming last year and had wonderful buffalo meat as burgers and as steaks. I am looking for other destinations that are known for serving Buffalo for my next vacation. I ...
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Can I learn ski jumping in Japan?

Since visiting Calgary Olympic Park and seeing their exhibit on ski jumping within the ski jumping tower, I've wanted to have a go at the sport, and Japan is the closest country to me (along with ...
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Tourist destinations from Frankfurt-Hahn airport besides Frankfurt

Some low cost airlines, mainly Ryanair, provide several low cost connections with the little Hahn airport. Usually this airport is referred to as Frankfurt-Hahn airport and, from a tourist point of ...
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Light Shows in Europe

Any recommendations on light, fire, illuminated art, etc. shows in Europe that are at least as impressive as Lyon's Fête des lumières? (images, more) I'm after impressive city-wide-ish shows, not ...
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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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Via ferratas in Pyrenees

I'm looking for via ferratas somewhere in Europe, but not in the Alps or Dolomites due to financial reasons. What places do you recommend for beginner in this way of hiking? Edit: After some research ...
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Where can I spend time in an anechoic chamber?

Acoustic anechoic chambers are enclosed spaces which are highly isolated from outside noise sources and also highly absorbent to any noise produced inside. The one at Orfield Laboratories in ...
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Looking for a small scenic beach town village in Spain or Portugal

A few friends and I are looking for a small Spain/Portugal beach town or village to stay at for a week. We want something scenic, ideally with cliffs or terrain on the beach. We are all 28 to 30 and ...
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Single travelling in Sep-Oct - which destination: China, Russia, Barcelona + Portugal, or Cuba?

I'm Israeli. I get 3 weeks vacation from work during Sep-Oct 12. I want to travel overseas (for now alone). I thought to use the relatively long vacation to get further away than nearby Europe. Does ...
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A quiet holiday around Istanbul

I am planning a long and quiet holiday in Turkey, and looking for a cozy city around Istanbul. Since I arrive at Istanbul airport, I wish to find a nice city around Istanbul (less than 200km far) to ...
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Website or application for travel recommendations?

When looking for new destinations to travel to, I'm usually reading blogs in the Internet, browse through Travel SE or rely on recommendations of friends. But is there a more active way of finding a ...
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Italian equivalent to French St. Tropez or Spanish Marbella?

You got these rich people orientated tourist beach towns like Marbella in Spain and St. Tropez in France. My question is, which town/city is the Italian equivalent of Marbella or St. Tropez? I mean, ...
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Visit a volcano in Ecuador

There are many volcanoes in Ecuador. I would like to visit one of these, but which one to choose? I would prefer one that can be reached in a 2-3 day tour from a nearby major city. Do I need any ...
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Where is the closest free beach where free camping is permitted to Georgia, the country?

When winter is over in Tbilisi and I can start hitchhiking again it would be good to find a nice warm free beach to camp on for a while. I know there is Vama Veche on the Black Sea in Romania, but ...
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Is there an ontology of geographical entities to visit?

I am a traveler of the kind that likes to log. I have this "ridiculous" race with a friend to visit as many country as possible, but we start running into issues about what is called a country. The ...
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Weekend in Turin or Genova?

I live in Lyon an plan on spending a long "romantic/relaxing" weekend (3-4 days) in Italy with my gf. The thing is I want to get there by train, which means I'm pretty limited in my choice: the city ...
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Which place(s) are the first to cross into New Year?

Say I wanted to be the first to celebrate the New Year: what place or places are the first to cross the into the New Year and how do I get there? I think I remember this may be some South Pacific ...
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What is the closest bucolic holiday destination to the City of London?

I have been looking at weekend accommodations in London. For a family with children, this seems quite challenging. At the same time I am seeing quite some nice bucolic options in Kent and Sussex. To ...
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What neighborhoods in Paris are the least commercialized? [closed]

I will be in Paris, France for about three weeks, and after rushing to the largest marketplaces and cultural centers, I will be looking for something more "low-key" and largely untouched by tourism. ...
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Is there any specific destination in Southeast Asia famed for dentistry?

I've heard in the past that certain countries or cities are popular "medical tourism" destinations, but not paid a whole lot of attention. But this morning just three days before my next overlanding ...
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What are some non-Indian and non-Middle Eastern Sufi destinations around the world?

What are some Sufi destinations around the world where Sufi dervishes live, like Buddhist monks, in a group? Are there Sufi destinations in Turkey, China, Russia, Europe or any other part of the ...
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Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?

In June I'm in India and I'd like to spend a couple of days in India before flying home. So first I thought that Delhi is a good choice, but then I read that the temperature can rise well above 50° C ...
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Warm weather options in continental USA in December-January

I am looking for a list possible vacation destinations within continental USA with: Good weather (e.g. 70's+ °F (~20+ °C)) in December-January. Good for outdoor activities (e.g. biking/hiking), ...
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Are US citizens allowed to fly anywhere outside the 50 states without a passport?

For US citizens, are there any locations outside the 50 US states that don't require a passport to fly to and from?
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Unique travel destination research methods

My wife and I want to tour some of the Grecian Islands, but I don't even know where to begin with this. My current plan is just to check with one of the major web travel providers (Travelocity, ...
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When traveling outside scandinavia while being intolerant to lactose, how can I still enjoy a latte? [closed]

I have been intolerant to lactose for about 10 years now. This seems to be a common problem in Sweden since there are good substitutes for all milk based products in the grocery stores nowadays. All ...
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How to choose where to ski

I have never been skiing and know nothing about it. I wish to surprise someone with a ski travel package (airfare, ground transportation, hotel, ski rentals, skiing admission tickets, and whatever ...
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Town or village in Oaxaca State that is “the home of mezcal”?

Everybody knows you can visit tequila distilleries in the town of Tequila, Jalisco State. But you can also visit distilleries of Mexico's less famous spirit/liquor, mezcal, in Oaxaca State. I know ...
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I have a multiple-entry Schengen visa issued by Switzerland, can I come back home and then go to France?

I have a multiple entry schengen Business visa issued by Switzerland which will expire in July. Can i Travel to Switzerland next week for work and then travel again to France for work at the beginning ...
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What are some safe places to travel in South America? [closed]

So for our honeymoon, we're thinking about heading to South America for about 6 weeks. We're outdoorsy people and we're active but as I'm travelling with my wife, I don't really want to go anywhere ...