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Automated passport control in the EU

I have a new biometric passport (what I mean by that is that it bears the chip sign on the cover), I haven't done any fingerprint or eye scans to get it though. How do the automated gates use the ...
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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How can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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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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What extra benefits are there in getting travel insurance if I have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

I've got a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and only plan to travel around the EU for the foreseeable future. I read another answer that quite nicely covered the details of what the EHIC covers, ...
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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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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 does the Schengen 90/180 rule work?

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa refusal Changing Visas when one hasn't expired My ...
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Does the collision insurance (CDW) benefit of a U.S. Citi AAdvantage Visa apply to car rentals in Europe?

I have a credit card (Citi AAdvantage Visa) that offers collision loss / damage waiver insurance on car rentals paid for with the card. My question: does this benefit also apply when I am renting a ...
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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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What cheaper alternatives exist to transport luggage in Europe?

I will be flying from Portugal to the Netherlands but I will be only taking hand luggage. What is the cheapest ways of bringing more luggage (excluding the air plane)? (around 30kg). This question ...
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Watering Flowers and Handling Post during long periods of absence: any multinational firm to handle this in any country?

I know there is the question Preparing home for your trip but we have done everything mentioned there such as the arrangement with post-office. My friend is absent for a longer period of time and we ...
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Is there a site that gives travelling opportunities in Europe if you don't care about the destination or the date?

I'm interested in travelling around Europe the cheapest way possible, but I don't really care about the order in which I visit countries and I'm 100% flexible for both departure and return date. I'm ...
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Which is the cheapest way to get to Vietnam from Europe in summer? [closed]

The complete question is: Which is the cheapest way to get to Vietnam in summer by flying from Europe? I'm planning a one-month trip to Vietnam for this summer, but I cannot find any reference on what ...
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Why is my outbound flight to Geneva longer than my return flight?

I am flying with EasyJet next week from Glasgow to Geneva, for my ski holiday. I noticed the flight times are unusual in that my outbound journey is much longer than my return flight home. Outbound ...
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Is it possible to travel with the need for kidney dialysis?

A friend of mine needs regular kidney dialysis. Nevertheless, he loves to travel. However, during the last years, he wasn't on holidays, because of the regular need to go to a clinic for the dialysis. ...
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Is there an EU law that a hotel can't kick you out if you're sick?

Someone told me that there was an EU law that said that if a doctor certifies you as sick (to some degree) and you're staying in a hotel, that the hotel cannot kick you out of the room. Update Just ...
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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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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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Best deals for students booking international flight tickets from India

I will be travelling to and fro from Hyderabad (HYD), India to Berlin (TXL), Germany. Duration: 20th May to 20th August of 2013 (3 months) Class: Economy Class (as low as possible) Where can I find ...
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Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a long-term visa ends in Schengen countries?

I am an Australian currently on a Netherlands working holiday visa that ends in May next year. I would like to know if when my visa ends I then get another 90 days just as a regular tourist visa as I ...
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What's a cheap ski location to reach from Amsterdam (Netherlands)?

What are the cheapest ski localities I can go in a weekend if I live in Amsterdam (in the Netherlands). I want reasonably good ski runs (I'm not a beginner), and outdoor. Should I go to France? ...
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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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Where in Europe can I find monuments and museums about Napoléon Bonaparte?

I'm interested in history and I want to visit some Napoléon historic places. The most known are the Arc de Triomphe and The battlefield of Waterloo, where he was defeated. But are there some other ...
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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 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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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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Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?

I was in a restaurant in Rome and after I got the bill I saw that beside the regular 8€ for spaghetti I ordered there was an additional position that said: una persona 1.5€ When I asked the waiter ...
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Can I credit travel on one RailTeam member to the frequent traveller program of another?

I know that with airline alliances and partnerships, you can credit flights on one airline in the alliance/partnership to a frequent traveller program of another. Does the same thing apply for travel ...
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Northern lights in Europe in late December [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and where do I have the highest chance of seeing auroras? What is the best place to see northern lights in Europe in late December? By best I mean (a) have the highest ...
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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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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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Recreating Paul's missionary trips (from The Bible) / itinerary optimization and visas

I would like to go on Paul's missionary trips on a tour of the Near East (I'm a US citizen). However, I am not sure what visas are needed (and will likely have to avoid Syrian Antioch, seeing that ...
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Shipping gear from Bangkok to Europe

Has anyone experience to share regarding affordable way of sending gear from Bangkok to Europe? I'm thinking about shipping home my mountain equipment because it's not needed after I visit Bangkok. ...
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Are there any sites where I can buy a same day/following day flight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I need to fly today, where can I search for options? Are there any sites that show today's/tomorrow's flights that are available? With 70% and more discounts? Interested ...
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Should one bring a power strip when travelling from the U.S. to Europe so that one won't have to get more than one power adapter?

Since then you could presumably plug the power strip into the power adapter and then not have to get multiple power adapters? Or is this unnecessary?
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How strict are European budget airlines in terms of enforcing hand luggage? [closed]

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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Are there any ATM fees within the Euro zone?

I am about to travel in Europe within some euro zone countries. Also, I am from a euro zone country (still) and all my bank accounts are in euro. I have debit and credit Visa and Maestro cards. My ...
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Hot Springs around Bulgaria?

I'll be travelling through south-eastern Europe (former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania) in 2 months on motorbike. I've heard there are hot springs / spas in Bulgaria, and it might be nice to ...
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Inexperienced traveler: move every day or two, or use a home base? [closed]

I am planning a short trip to Bavaria, Austria, and the Czech Republic. This will be my first trip to Europe. I will arrive to Munich by plane on 15 of September and I am going to leave from Prague on ...
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Travel from South East Asia to Europe by land

Does anyone have experience or know about travelling from South East Asia to Europe, all by land? I'd be happy to catch a quick flight here and there but would prefer to do the entire trip by land. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Accidentally travelling with a large amount of cash - epic fail!

With just under a week to go until I head for Europe I made an epic faux pas. Instead of ordering a Visa debit card with 1500 Euro added to it, I have ended up with 1500 Euro in cash. I cannot take ...
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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 ...