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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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How can I get health insurance to travel through Europe?

I'm a Brazilian living in Germany and I need new health insurance for fifteen days of traveling trough Europe (Netherlands, UK, France and Italy). What is the best option to choose?
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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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Schengen visa maximum duration of stay exceeded due to flight change

​I am on business visit in Italy with ​​Schengen visa having validity of one year. My stay planed was from 19th Sept 2013 (entry) to 17th Dec 2013 (expected exit). Due to some reason ​airways have ...
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Is there a good website to plan a trip via trains in Europe?

My wife and I have decided to move across Europe by train. Do you know of any good sites for planning a trip via train (schedule and maybe prices)? We're going to go across Europe from east (Russia ...
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Two Weeks in Cambridge (England), practicing sport in group

In January, I am going to be in Cambridge for 2 weeks to attend a school to improve my English skills. I'm searching for things to do during the weekends, and since my goal is to improve my English, ...
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Am I expected to tip wait staff in Europe?

I will be travelling in western Europe, and I would like to dine at the restaurants there. Am I expected to tip the waiter/ waitress? How can I tip them when I am paying the bills by credit card? Do I ...
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Must I enter Europe with Schengen visa from the country where I applied?

If I applied for a Schengen visa from "country A" and I got the visa but I had some commitments in "country B" and I have to finish it before going to Europe should I get back to "country A" to travel ...
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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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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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Shipping my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S

The plan is to drive my car (a small 4x4) from Prudhoe Bay1 (Deadhorse), Alaska to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego in Chile. I will be travelling for an undetermined duration, with a minimum of two years. ...
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Best way to travel from France to Switzerland, Austria and Germany [closed]

I am planning a trip to Europe and plan to go from Paris, France to Interlaken, Switzerland to Vienna, Austria to Munich, Germany. What would be the best way to travel between all these cities?
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2 Months in Europe: Budget of $6000

I'm going to Europe in April for two months with my girlfriend. We don't have an exact plan, just sort of knowing where we basically want to go. Trying not to decide much and go with our wills during ...
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Not booking hostels in Europe this summer?

Background I will be travelling around Europe this summer by train (last two weeks in July, first week in August). It's the first time I've done this so I am inexperienced but I can generally ...
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What is the advantage(s) to buying tickets beforehand vs at the station for rail travel in Europe?

I am traveling to Europe soon and will be taking the train between London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Is there an advantage to purchasing tickets beforehand online versus arriving at the station ...
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German Work Visa Expiring soon .. Can I still travel Europe as a tourist? [duplicate]

My freelance Work Visa expires in 10 days in Germany. It was a 12 month Visa. I plan on heading to Spain and Denmark before flying back to Australia. Is this permitted? Or ... will my 90 days be ...
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Can I enter Spain with a French visa “long sejour”?

I am Brazilian and my husband is French. We are living in Spain currently. I entered in Europe as a tourist. I could stay 90 days as a tourist and it's over, my situation is illegal right now. We try ...
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Where lies the closest tropical rain forest to Mainland Europe?

I know that "Europe" has its own tropical rain forest in French Guyana. But if you focus on continental Europe, where lies the closest tropical rain forest in terms of traveling hours?
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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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Can I apply for a Schengen visa of the first port of entry or does it need to be the country of the longest duration?

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and Bulgaria. My longest stay will probably be in Bulgaria. Now, Bulgaria doesn't issue a Schengen visa but allows people with a Schengen visa to ...
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Dizziness while flying [duplicate]

I am traveling to Europe in the next couple of weeks, I get really sick and dizzy on planes, I feel that my head is going to explode and I can feel the slightest motion the plane does. I have tried ...
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How to extend my short stay visa in Spain?

I hold a China main-land passport. I am doing study abroad from the US to France and Spain. With all the confusion and my poor judgement, now I end up with a short stay visa in France (Schengen ...
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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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What to do about my US iPhone while traveling around Europe?

I've been reading up on how to get my cell phone into Europe and I'm still not entirely sure what to do. I'd prefer to use my iPhone so that I can carry fewer electronics, but my provider will not ...
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How to get to Abisko, Sweden from Berlin

How do I get from Berlin to Abisko, Sweden? I have a Eurail pass, so I would like to make the most out of that. UPDATE: I will be traveling in Winter. Still not sure yet, but any time between late ...
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Roaming charges from country to country in Europe

If I purchase a SIM card for Germany, and I wander over to Salzburg, for example, would I be roaming? How is roaming defined and how does it work?
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On a stop in Amsterdam with KLM, if I want to visit the city, must I pay another boarding fee when coming back to airport?

I'm planning a journey during my next vacation in Febuary 2013 from São Paulo to Paris. In one of my researches, I found a good flight option with KLM. The plane stops for 6 hours in Amsterdam ...
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Unexpected hospitalization in the EU without EHIC, am I covered?

I recently went to France. While there I suffered pain/discomfort and was hospitalized. I was given full checkout - Xray, blood test, blood pressure test and a chat with a doctor. No complaints at ...
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Travel health insurance in Europe that does not require European Health Insurance Card

I was looking for a new travel insurance policy recently for travel within Europe and what I was never aware of is that many insurance policies require you to have an European Health Insurance Card ...
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Preventing theft in Western Europe

I'm going to Europe in a few days and I will be going on a cruise that goes to a few different countries including Spain, Monaco, Italy, and Croatia. I've been hearing a lot of bad stories from people ...
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Traveler's Century Club: Something similar just for Europe?

Yesterday I heard for the first time about the Traveler's Century Club. To become a member of this club you have to visit 100 or more countries. Although I'm not really interested in joining such a ...
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Is there a certain length of time in which you are allowed to travel with the Schengen area? Or Is at each countries discretion? [duplicate]

I'm from Canada. In most countries I can stay for up to three months without needing a visa. I was reading information about the Schengen agreement and how it essentially eliminates borders between ...
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Safety tips when carrying a large sum of money [duplicate]

I made the mistake of exchanging a large sum of money before my trip to Europe. I'm not sure what I was thinking because I know it's not the best idea to carry a lot of cash while traveling. What ...
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Overnight train luggage safety concerns in Europe

I've heard that in some overnight trains, rooms don't lock (no door); instead its just a curtain. This means thieves can get in and out easily. Is this true? If so, how do my friends and I keep ...
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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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What times do hostels allow you to check in?

If I were to book a hostel in Europe for a night, at what time during the day (before that evening) would I be able to check in and avoid having to carry all my junk when sight seeing? I know this ...
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Do we have to share overnight train rooms in Europe?

My buddy and I are planning to take an overnight train. I notice on seat61 that the pictures of the rooms have up to 6 beds in them. Does this mean we will be sleeping with other people or do we get ...
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When travelling from London to northern Sweden by train, is it possible to have a day of free sightseeing at anywhere other than Copenhagen?

Whilst taking the train from London to Östersund (northern Sweden), which I do quite frequently, I usually plan it so that I get a free day in Copenhagen. It looks like this: London -> Brussels -> ...
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Where in Europe can I find an aircraft turned into a hotel?

I just found out that in Sweden there is an old Boeing 747 turned into a hotel. Where else in Europe can I find something like this? The closer to Germany, the better
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What are the main differences in traffic regulations between the US/Europe?

There are the obvious ones. The US has the keep-your-lane system, where as in Europe you are expected to keep to the right (left for UK) as long as possible. On my latest travel to the US, I was ...
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What if I don't take my last transfer at British Airways [duplicate]

The usual return ticket path is: AMS -> LHR -> ICN and back: ICN -> LHR -> AMS However now I'd like to do this: AMS -> LHR -> ICN ICN -> LHR, done That way I'll end up in the UK and can take a ...
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Are there any Carsten Höller slides in museums/galleries in Central or Eastern Europe?

A few years ago, the artist Carsten Höller installed some slides in the turbine hall of the Tate Modern gallery in London. These looked really good, but sadly were insanely popular and I never got the ...
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Working out the best European country to post a parcel from to Australasia? [closed]

At some point in the next 6 weeks, I need to post a parcel to Australia. In that time, I think I'll be visiting 5 different European countries, and probably within a short bus ride of another 2! That ...
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Cheapest way to get from Europe to South Africa [closed]

Later this year, I intend to spend 2-3 months in Europe, then want to go to Capetown, South Africa to visit a friend there. Keeping costs down is important. Travel time is not--in fact, a longer ...
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Is there a website for searching/booking European trains?

Is there a website to search for European train tickets? I mean something like kayak.com, expedia.com, airfare.com, etc for trains? I know there are specific countries' website like bahn.de, sbb.ch, ...
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Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?

I was looking for hostel in Vienna using portals such as HostelBookers, but when I've tried to book them, I was landing on the final page when the credit card was required. You need to put such data ...
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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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How to buy tickets for country to country within Europe [duplicate]

I've been reading some sites on train travel and it's very overwhelming. I'm still not sure what I need to do. I understand that within a country in Europe, its best to purchase from respective sites, ...
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6 month long termType D German Visa [duplicate]

Well i have a type D long term visa where I know I get 90 days to move freely in schengen countries in Europe and wanted to know if these 90 days are specified for specific timeline or its up to me ...
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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 ...