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Which scenic road to take to the south of France?

We want to drive to the south of France, by avoiding Paris. Since we will be traveling with small children we want to take it very easy, and take some days to get there. I am familiar with the ...
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Is there a map with the most popular natural attractions on it?

I'm looking for an online map covering central Europe (mainly France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria), which has on it the most popular natural attractions (lakes, mountains, scenic roads ...
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From whom can I buy travel insurance if I don't “live” anywhere?

I am an Australian citizen, currently living in Singapore and I want to travel through Europe and the USA over the next six months. I will be leaving Singapore permanently and my intent is to ...
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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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Are there more mixed nudist baths like Friedrichsbad in Baden Baden in Europe?

I know that the Friedrichsbad in Baden Baden is a mixed naturist bath (I've been there), but I wonder if there are more mixed nudist baths, hot-springs, thermes or spas like this one.
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Will wearing a bright colored jacket signal that I am a tourist?

Rick Steve's recommends wearing neutral colors. As such, I've opted to bring a lot of blacks and greys on my trip this winter. However, my rain jacket is a BRIGHT green -- it's brighter than the ...
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Which brand of backpack should I carry so as to not stick out in Europe?

I was wondering what brands of backpacks are popular in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany because I'm the type of traveller that likes to wander under the radar without people knowing that I'm a ...
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How do Hostels work in Europe?

I was wondering what are the Youth Hostel associations that I should join so I can use their beds when I travel round Europe? Here are the main countries I will be visiting: France Italy Croatia ...
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Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?

I need to buy a ticket for an international train and, apparently, there are no websites selling it. I once remember a friend telling me that the trains uses a system, sort of, similar to the ...
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Does my case count as overstaying on a Schengen visa?

I may have a "technical" overstay in the Schengen Zone due to lack of documentation. My history is as follows: 3/6/2013 I entered the Schengen Zone. I have 90 Days Visa-Free exemption in the ...
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Are there any night bus companies, with beds, in Europe?

I heard of companies in South America that travel by night and offer beds in the bus. A friend, recently in Colombia, used them and refered to that as "very good service, the buses are very high ...
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Is there a cheapest city / airline / season to fly one-way from anywhere in Europe to Australia?

Sooner or later in the next few months my money is going to run out and I'll have to get back to Australia from some point in Europe. Since Europe is big and many fares vary significantly from season ...
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Length of stay as tourist in another European country, as Schengen/EU/EEA citizen

I am a Schengen (and EU/EEA) citizen, and I am taking a sabbatical. I would like to travel across Europe and I was wondering how long I can stay in each of the other Schengen/EU/EEA country as a ...
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Overtaking regulations when driving in Europe

I've got a question about how to drive the car in Europe on Highways. In the US, I can overtake another car on either side, and I am fine. In Europe I was told that I have to drive on the right side ...
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How to find inter-country buses in Europe?

I was traveling from Zurich to Frankfurt, and when I asked a tourist information, the guy advised that the best way is train. I took the train, and when arrived in Frankfurt, I found that there is a ...
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How much hard cash can I carry while travelling overseas (India to Poland)

I am going to travel from India to Poland. I have a travel card, but what's the limit of hard cash that I can carry?
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How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers?

How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers, including overnight trains? Obviously, the usual precautions of being more mindful of belongings when travelling solo need to be ...
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Is there any highway, road or something else that covers the Grand Tour?

Recently I read about the Grand Tour. It seems to be a journey or route that was very popular in late renaissance (17. and 18. century). Since it leads trough countries I wanted to visit again, and ...
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Restrictions for an EU citizen travelling through EU and working along the way?

I am citizen of a country in the EU, I want to fund my travelling within EU by working in other countries. Would I need a Work Permit to gain employment in another EU country? I only expect to do ...
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Tour to (or via) Afsluitdijk

I am planing to go on a trip around Europe, and wondering if there are any buses (tour bus) or just any regular buses that go along the A7 motorway in the Netherlands (noord-holland). I really love ...
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How can I book the interrail passholder Eurostar fare?

I don't see an option for it online. I'm in Sweden. Do I need to wait until I get to Paris to make a reservation?
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Non-EU countries covered under travel insurance plans for Europe

I am going to Morocco this December, and as one of the requirements for applying for a tourist visa I am supposed to provide evidence of travel insurance. I searched up plans online and was surprised ...
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UK to Iran by car - insurance question

My husband and I are Australians who want to buy a car in the UK and drive it to Iran through Europe (incl. Eastern Europe), Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan etc. We want to leave ASAP once we have the ...
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What visa should I apply for as an Au Pair?

On June 20 I am backpacking around Europe for almost 3 months with friends and then I will be living in Italy for 3 months as an Au Pair. I am unsure what visa I will need to apply for. Will I need ...
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What are the relevant passenger rights in case of international train travel in Europe?

What are the relevant passenger rights in case of international train travel in Europe? In my experience, railway carriers are often quite poor at informing travellers of their rights; people believe ...
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Is there a site like Jetsetter for France/Europe?

I use Jetsetter frequently for hotel deals in the US and sometimes abroad. I know Gilt (Jetsetter's owner) is loosely based on Vente Privee, according to this NY Times article anyway. Its ...
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Are there any websites or other resources that lists discounts or special conditions for seniors in Europe?

In some countries seniors have special conditions on the train, museums, etc. Relating a comment on this question I was wondering if there are websites or resources that list special conditions for ...
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Cities in Europe to visit during the end of October? [closed]

In the last week of October, I'm planning a short city trip (3-4 days) in Europe. Can you recommend a destination that is worth a visit at this time of the year? I don't care if it is not 30 degrees, ...
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Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?

So we're landing in Europe in September and planning to stay for about 5-6 weeks. We plan to land in Paris as it seems to have the cheapest flights from Australia but also we have to go to France ...
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How to go to Manchester from London?

I will travel to Europe this year. I am planning to visit Manchester Old Trafford on the first day. How can I get to Manchester from London? How long does it take, and how much does it cost ...
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What is cheapest phone option for a short trip to Europe?

I'm leaving for Europe in a couple days. I'm spending a few days in England and then a few days in Hungary before returning to the US. Unfortunately, I have not given much thought to my phone/internet ...
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Roadtrip in Southeastern Europe

I´m already planning my next vacation in next May or late August/early September. I´m planning to visit the Southeastern part of Europe. Im especially interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, ...
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What to do if I am involved in a road accident between two border controls?

If I travel from Hungary to Serbia, I have already passed the Hunagrian border control and then get involved in a road accident before entering Serbia (in the zone between the borders). Is this ...
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Getting a passport stamp while walking across a EU border

So I have three different types of passport stamps from my EU travels. One for flying into Frankfurt, one for taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and one for taking a ferry from Dover to Calais. ...
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Is it cheaper to book Dutch train tickets online in advance compared to paying on the day?

I am going to the Netherlands and might need to get a train. (Between Eindhoven and Amsterdam). On www.ns.nl (the large train operator that does that route), they list the price as €17.90ish. That's ...
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Shark diving: Where can I do it in Europe or South America?

I'm looking for some popular places for shark diving in Europe (is this possible at all, never heard of it) and South America. Do I need any special swimming skills or can I do this as a tourist? ...
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Which European resort has the best pistes for beginner to intermediate snowboarders?

I'm trying to choose a ski resort for a couple of snowboarders. Here's what we are looking plenty of beginner and intermediate runs which: Long and wide not just 100m nursery runs nor narrow ...
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Flying stand by from US to Europe — is it still worth it, and if so, how to do it?

The title summarizes my question pretty well. Basically, I'm looking for a cheap way to fly from California to Europe (Germany, preferably). Since I have to fly this route several times a year, and ...
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Wearing a unique piece of clothing around Europe, good or bad? - Kilt

I have the idea of wearing my kilt whilst travelling around Europe. It will be a lighter fabric than the traditional woolen one as it would be too warm for summer in Europe. What is a kilt? hint: ...
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Buying a rail pass from a non EU country and reserving seats in advance

I'm going to Europe next June and I plan to travel by train. I want to reserve my seats in advance, so I'm thinking about buying them around three months in advance. I'm also thinking about buying a ...
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Is the Italian taxi industry still highly regulated/restricted?

I am researching a trip to rural Tuscany in the summer. It might be necessary to get taxis around. How common are taxis in Italy/Tuscany? Here in Ireland, the taxi industry used to be highly ...
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Comparing travel costs in Europe: rail vs bus

I wanted to compare costs for travelling around in Europe by bus and rail. While I don't have a firm itinerary yet, for the purposes of this comparison let's assume that it will be close to the ...
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Is there a europe-wide rule stopping under 18 year olds from staying in the dorms of hostels?

My friends and I are going inter railing and so will be staying in hostels across europe. One of the group will still be under 18 by the time we leave and several hostel sites have information saying ...
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Throwaway ticketing: picking optimal return date

I am flying from Madrid to Montreal (or possibly Stockholm to Montreal) in early January and single tickets are much more expensive than returns, so I am thinking of utilizing the throwaway ticket ...
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Badges for touristic achievements in Western Europe?

Polish Tourism and Sightseeing Society is promoting tourism and sightseeing, and one of the means of that is granting badges for various achievements, such as walking above 250 km on tourist routes, ...
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Can I get European-wide traffic predictions similar to the one from Paris?

Already in 2004 there exists a really neat online service that not only gave traffic information but also the chance of getting into a traffic jam. (see screendump below). I really liked this ...
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Getting to La Tomatina

I'm going for an exchange programme to Nimes, France from Delhi, India, in August, just in time for La Tomatina in Buñol. I was planning to take the overnight bus from Nimes to Valencia that arrives ...
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A resource for multi-country SIM providers

I see that there are several cell phone companies that will offer a SIM card associated with local numbers in multiple countries, so that you can receive incoming calls at local rates in all of them. ...
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Is there a month when everyone goes on holidays in Balkans?

I'm planning a motorcycle trip around the Balkans/Southeastern Europe (former Yugoslavia/Greece/Albania/Romania/Bulgaria etc.) this year. We're planning on going in June, July, August or September for ...
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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 ...