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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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How long does it take for a SIM card to activate (Europe)?

I have been wondering whether or not to buy a new SIM card when I take side trips to countries bordering Germany (one for each country). However, I have heard that each time I get a new SIM card, it ...
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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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Which European airport undertakes frequent flights to Chile? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out the most practical (mostly translates to cheapest but I don't want to travel for five days either) way to get to Chile. I found that most big European airports (London, ...
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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 ...
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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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$6000 for a trip to Europe ( 2 months at most) Not included flights [closed]

I came across a tour on contiki called European Panorama - which covers London to Paris - Bordeux - Barcelona - French Riviera - Florence - Rome - Corfu - Venice - Vienna - Munich - Austran Tyrol - ...
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Where should I travel in Europe if I want to climb a high mountain without equipment?

I'm really into hiking during the last few years. Now I want to climb the highest mountain in Europe that is accessible by a hiker without any alpine tour experience. That means I have no problem ...
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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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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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Where to find international train fares for Europe [duplicate]

I'm based in Germany, and the Deutsche Bahn website is great for scheduling international train travel. It knows all about the train times and connections all over Europe. However, it rarely shows ...
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Inexpensive eating-out food in western Europe

In Asian cities (including modern/first-world cities such as Singapore), there are a lot of food centers which sell decent, but very inexpensive food. For example, in Singapore they are called Hawker ...
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How do I get from Berlin to Tromsø?

I'm going to Tromsø in Norway for the Northern Lights. What is both a fast and affordable way of getting there? I was considering flying, but because I'll be backpacking in the winter, I doubt I'll ...
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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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Luggage limit in trains in West Europe?

Is there any strict luggage limit while travelling by train in West Europe? In Poland, for example, one can take as much luggage as one can carry, so 2 big suitcases and a rucksack and the backpack ...
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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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Is there a way to find prices from departure city to multiple cities or countries at once? [duplicate]

I'm looking for airline ticket prices, and since my route around Europe is essentially one big circle, it doesn't really matter where I start. I just want to find the cheapest tickets that will get me ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Zurich to Nice?

I am travelling to Europe next month, and would like to know the cheapest means and/or modes from Zurich to Nice as I plan to depart from Nice.
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Skydiving or paragliding options in Europe

I am looking for options to have skydiving or paragliding near Amsterdam. I know both (skydiving and paragliding) are very different but I want to have adventurous sky view. Near Amsterdam doesn't ...
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Wearing Vibram FiveFingers while travelling in Europe

I wear "barefoot" shoes such as Vibram FiveFingers when I need to wear shoes. I'm no longer accustomed to walking in regular shoes, which require the heel-to-toe motion. My transition to this was ...
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Traveling Europe During Mid-November to December [closed]

I'm going to assume that this trip to Europe will be the only time I'll ever be able to visit Europe. I'll be there for about 1-1.5 months. However, I'm debating if I should visit during the spring ...
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Can I use my Girocard V-Pay for money withdrawal in every EU country?

I have the Girocard V-Pay card issued by Postbank. According to Wikipedia article, this card can be used in ATMs within European Union, that would suggest, in each EU-country. However, I'm a bit ...