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How can I wash myself Indian-style (using water not toilet paper) in Western toilets?

As an Indian I have grown up in Delhi using water to wash after using the toilet instead of toilet paper. In Indian culture this is considered a cleaner practice because of the use of water in order ...
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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 can I find train departure information for Athens - Istanbul?

OK, only just now did I see this notice: TRAIN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS FROM 13 FEBRUARY 2011 Greece is in a dire economic state, and massive rail cuts are being implemented. All ...
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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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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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How common are petrol stations in SE Europe/Balkans?

I'm planning a motorcycle trip around the Balkans/southeastern Europe (incl. Romania and Bulgaria), this year. How common are petrol stations in this part of the world? And would they always be ...
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Inter-country one-way car rental in Europe?

I'd like to rent a car in Germany, drive to Hungary, and return the car there. Do any car rental agencies allow such a thing (without an enormous fee)? I'd consider a fee less than 1-2 days ...
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Which carriers offer cheap one-ways from Europe to the United States

Airlines seem to charge almost as much for a one-way from Europe to the US as for a round-trip, at least in the next couple months when I'm planning to fly. I discovered Condor Air was a big ...
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How to order reservations for European trains online (with pass)?

I have a European rail pass, bought in the US, but to go really long distances I still have to order reservations (without ticket). The lines I'm particularly interested in are TGV in France, ICE, and ...
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Data plans in Germany that can also can be used elsewhere in Europe

I am planning to spend around 100 days in Leipzig, Germany this summer , I wanted to make a prepaid data plan 1 GB be very enough. My Questions are: Which are the service providers who have ...
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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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Where is this flag from? [closed]

I can't find what flag is between the Netherlands and Germany on this worldmap: http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/albums/album195/adl.jpg It is yellow with a (light) blue cross. There seems to ...
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French rules for long stay visa: OFII

I was looking for somebody to guide me about the OFII rules catering to the French long stay visa. I'm going as an exchange student to Nimes, France from Delhi, India. As my stay is over 90 days, I ...
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Opening a bank account with a quick debit card in Europe

I would spend a long summer vacation across Europe. For a long trip around different countries, it is not wise to carry cash. On the other hand, my credit card is in US dollar. In practice, the charge ...
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Europe vacation - best places to see based on certain preferences? [closed]

I am planning for a Mainland European vacation from starting from London (excluding UK) in October. I have one full week + two weekends from start to finish. My main types of places of interests are ...
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Can I go from Paris to London by train on a one-day trip?

Next vacations(febuary 2013) I will stay 3 days on Paris with other 3 people. One day on Louvre, next day on city and another one... is still a doubt... We are wondering about going to London from ...
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How strict are European budget airlines in terms of enforcing hand luggage?

In Australia, I've never seen anybody get done for having carry-on luggage that's too big. It's pretty much whatever you can fit in the top compartments. In fact, I've seen people carry more than one ...
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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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Will I be able to benefit from free movement in Europe

My mother is going to get her citizenship from France within a year or so. In this website it is stated that family members of EU nationals can have the right of free movement. So will I be able to ...
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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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Is there a strong full-time RV (motor home) community in Europe and/or Asia?

In the United States, there is a very definite (if somewhat smallish) community of full-time RV'ers. There are several websites and blogs maintained by people who do not live in a sticks and bricks ...
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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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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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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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What to consider for a last-minute impromptu trip to northern Sweden?

I have spent the weekend considering flying to northern Sweden tomorrow to see the aurora borealis. I live in the US. I have never to Europe or anywhere else outside of mainland North America. The ...
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What is the cheapest way for intercity travel from Belgium (Brussels) to other countries and nearby?

I am here in Leuven on an internship and only have weekends when I can travel and see places around. So I plan to go to important cities, so it would more of intercity travel(let us say from ...
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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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Need some advice from the pros about interrailing around Europe!

I am going interrailing with two of my friends (all of us are 21 years old and male- if that helps?) from the end of July to mid August. We are getting the 22 day global pass and are actually starting ...
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Is there any video game museum anywhere in Europe?

I'm looking for a museum that collects video games. Preferably, the museum should be located in Europe.
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Do I need a visa to transit through Germany?

I'm not a citizen and I'm having a flight from Victoria to Vancouver, Vancouver Frankfurt, Frankfurt Casablanca with Orbitz, but yesterday I received an e-mail from them that said "the destination of ...
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Self-service options in Amsterdam

I'm considering a trip to Amsterdam with some friends (3-4 people) for around a week in the late spring/summer. Looking at hotel prices seems a little bit steep, and I've had success in the past in ...
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Flight from USA to Europe in March 2012

We are planning our first Europe trip from USA in March of 2012. Found some travel packages from TravelZoo, however, they aren't to the destinations that we'd want and we believe if we plan our ...
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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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How much hassle will I get flying into the Schengen zone for 7 months with a 3 month visa?

I'm American, and planning to fly into Europe for 7 months. With the Schengen visa, I'll be allowed 90 days out of 180 days in the Schengen zone. That's fine, I understand the rules, how the time ...
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Can I drive in Spain using my U.S. (New York State) license?

I know I can get an IDP, but I read in some places that they recognize US Driver's Licenses specifically New York. Can anyone confirm?
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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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2 Months in Europe - opinions on budget amount? [closed]

I am planning a trip around Europe for around two months in the summer between June and August. I have a prelminery route planned: Starting Scotland --> June France Monte Carlo North Italy Slovenia ...
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Maps of dirt roads in Europe?

I've found maps of the various official long-distance recreation trails all over Europe, and of course there's Google maps to see every other road. But I'm wondering where or how I can get a map of ...
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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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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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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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Is there any way to sail the Danube on a budget? [closed]

I'd like to sail down the Danube next summer, on my own, on as small and cheap a vessel as possible (no big motor boat, maybe not even a motor boat at all). I haven't decided on the length of the ...
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Schengen visa for UK citizen?

Since I am a UK citizen I require a Schengen VISA to pass through Europe when I go travelling this year. However where do I get one, I have checked the EU Parliament site and cannot find anything ...
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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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Web resources or other resources for villa rentals in Europe? (Spain, France, Italy etc.)

Im looking for resources ala hotels.com but only for villa rentals. Does anyone know of any good sites like this?
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Is Mount Pilatus worth visiting in winter?

I'm going to be in Luzern in late February for a couple of days and a friend suggested visiting Mount Pilatus and going up to the summit. He visited in summer and it looked amazing, however is it ...
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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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What are possible traveling plan for Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris? [closed]

I am planning to travel Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris. Possible travel destinations may be starting from Geneva and ending to Zurich (including Laussanne, Interlaken, Berne, ...
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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 ...